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Barry Alldrick

Head Coach


Why do you coach?

"A swimmer finishes their race, touches the wall, turns around looks into your eyes knowing they have performed with the precision worthy of years of hard work, dedication, commitment and hours and hours of practice. Well that look, that look......leaves you breathless, unable to speak, holding back emotion and all you can do is sit down filled with pride knowing you have been a part of that journey.... that’s why I coach” - Barry Alldrick Performance Review 2016 


Having earned junior international medals in swimming and competitive lifesaving Barry continued to coach voluntary for Lincoln Vulcans and Bournemouth Dolphins. In 2004 he became the Head Coach of Dorset Club Christchurch Seagulls leading a team of coaches and committed volunteers to nurture international Swimmers, Para-Swimmers, Water Polo Players and Tri-athletes. Early in 2014, Barry took on the Head Coach role at Poole Swimming Club. 

Influence:  Creation of a Performance Environment 

Whilst maintaining a community, family and fun based atmosphere at Poole Swimming Club Barry has been influencial in creating a performance environment for athletes, coaches and volunteers.  The club over the last 3 years has made significant history with athletes regularly winning International, British, National, Regional and County Medals & Records.  Including athletes representing GB at European Senior, World & European Junior Championships and England at the Commonwealth Games.  The club has in recent years seen seven coaches engaged with the Swim England National Coaching Pathway.  

Coaching Style:

Barry promotes a caring, creative and playful coaching style and contstantly demonstrates a drive to stay one step ahead of the performance level of his athletes.  His attention to detail, passion and empathy with athletes earned him a place on the 2016 Swim England Coach 2024 programme. Since then he has coached in the International arena representing British Swimming and Swim England across the globe.

Qualifications and Roles:

  • British Swimming Coach 2017 - Present
  • Swim England Coach 2024 Programme 2016- 2018
  • Swim England National Pathway Coach at Levels 1,2,3 from 2011- Present
  • Level 5 Professional Certificate of Education through University of Greenwich
  • Level 3 ASA Senior Performance Coach 
  • Swim England South West Coaches Committee 2014- Present
  • Swim England South West Head Coach for Oversees Camp/ Comp 2016,2017
  • Dorset Head Coach 2014, 2015, 2016


Janet Hutchings

Assistant Head Coach


Background:  Dr Janet Hutchings was born and brought up in Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Having learnt to swim at the age of five, her interest in swimming continues today as a professional coach. She won her first county swimming medal in Rotherham, South Yorkshire in 1966 followed by her first regional swimming medals in Felling, Tyne and Wear in 1968. During the 1970’s, as a devoted age group and youth swimmer, Jan represented Yorkshire and North Eastern Counties and went on to compete at National level, making several National finals.

Jan has over 20 years’ coaching experience working with a wide range of swimmers and clubs including Harrogate District SC, Hemel Hempstead SC and Ferndown Otters. Since joining Poole Swimming Club in April 2011, Jan has successfully shown that she has the ability to prepare and develop Age Group swimmers from grassroots to national level. She has also coached National and International Masters swimmers including GB and World record holder Jean Howard-Jones.

Influence:  Research & Academic  As an academic, Jan has a first class honours degree in Sports Coaching and Development. She has also conducted Postgraduate research on Masters Sport participation, physical activity, health and wellbeing. She successfully completed her PhD on Masters Swimming entitled: “Life is good, life is what you make it…” with Bournemouth University in 2015.

Coaching Style:  Jan likes to adopt an athlete centred approach to her coaching. She believes that: 

The key to success is motivation. It’s what you get up for in the morning. Find out what motivates you, use it and never look back - It might change your life forever.”


PhD: Doctor of Philosophy

BSc. (1st Class Honours) Sports Coaching and Development

Fd.Sc. (Distinction) Coach and Athlete Development

ASA/UKCC: Level 2 Coaching Swimming

ASA: Level 2 Teacher

Dorset ASA Talent ID Camp Coach: 2014

England Talent Regional Programme Coach: 2014, 2015 and 2016

Swim England National Phase One Talent Coach: 2017

Swim Egland National Development Pogramme Coach: 2018


Rebecca Brown

Performance Coach - Youth Potential



Born in Poole, started first at an early age representing Bournemouth Dolphins before switching to Poole S.C as a swimmer to multiple regional finals. After studying Sports Exercise and Coaching Sciences at A level, and volunteering with Poole Swimming Clubs Regional and National squads I was offered a permanent position within the club.Since 2013, I have been working with athletes aged between 7 and 12 developing key skills and producing County and Regional qualifiers.


  • ASA level 1 & 2 Coaching Swimming
  • STA level 1 & 2 teaching Aquatics
  • STA Swim/Aquatic Tutor
  • England Talent Programme Skills Coach 2017

Chris Neilson

Performance Coach - Age Potential


Background:  Born in South West London, became involved in swimming from a young age and continues his passion for the sport.  Chris began coaching with his own club, Kingston Royals SC.
He is currently going into his final year at Bournemouth University, studying Sports Psychology & Coaching.

Prior to joining Poole Swimming Club in 2018, Chris spent a year working as head coach of an Isle of Wight club.


Emma Richards

Star Group Department Manager


Meghan Corby

Performance Coach - Rising Stars


Karen Louise Yendole

Lead Masters/Senior & Junior Club Coach


Maralyn Ann Lewis

Lead Gold Star Teacher



Born in Poole, Maralyn joined Poole Swimming Club in 1960 and swam for Dorset several times.  In 1967, she won the Ladies Diving Competition for Dorset.  She qualified as an ASA Level Two Teacher in 1971.  

In 1987, she became President of Poole Swimming Club and again in 2010.  She became Life President in 2005.  In 1997, Maralyn was awarded Dorset Coach of the Year.

Coaching Style:   Maralyn has a nurturing style, preparing swimmers for their progression from the Star Groups to the squads in the Club.  She places a strong emphasis on children enjoying themselves and having fun, while learning swimming technique.

Qualifications:  ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher

Jacqueline Hull

Lead Silver Star Teacher


I started swimming from an early age  & swam as a child with Hartlepool Swimming Club and I was also in the Life Saving Club. As an adult I still carried on swimming  within the Dorset Police Swimming & Lifesaving Team. I currently teach all ages at the club including the Silver Squad & Teach at Poole Swim Academy. I also help Barry coach the Open Water Swimmers. In my spare time I also swim & compete at Open Water Events.


  • Level 1 & 2 ASA Swimming Teacher.
  • Level 1 ASA Swim Coach
  • Level 2 ASA Open Water Swimming Coach.
  • Team Manager.

Katie Leanne Mills

Lead Bronze Star Teacher


Gail Nuttall

Swim Academy


Gail has been a Long term member and was Club President for the year 2000/1. She has been teaching and helping with the administration of the club for a number of decades. Her first teaching qualification was attained in 1964 and she is now still an  ASA Level 2 Teacher, regularly attending CPD courses.

Gail is a Judge 2 Official and regulartly helps out in the  County and school galas.
She is currently running the Poole Swim Academy, and is the Club Membership Liaison as well as a member of the 
Social, Fundraising and Communications Group.

Mike Smith

Senior Team Manager


Thomas Dowden

Bournemouth Uni / Assistant Coach


Sean Duffy

Assistant Coach


  • ASA Level 1 Coach
  • ASA Official Judge level 1
  • ASA Level 1&2 Team manager
  • England Talent Programme 2017 - Assistant team manager

Philip Looker

Assistant Coach



A County level junior and senior squash player in his youth up until University when the world suddenly became a much bigger place to explore.

Sport has always been the place of self-motivation and determination outside of work, reaping the greatest personal rewards and satisfaction.  From completing the 3 peaks challenge, to cycling cat 2 mountains in Tenerife or simply participating in a local 10Km events, there are not many sports he won’t throw himself into, (especially if there is a charity involved or a ball)

A self labelled ‘competitive dad’, his foray into all things swimming has, like many parents, been formed by supporting family through the journey of endless hours of practice, travel and competition.  In 2013 with it being clear sitting around a pool for a good number of hours a week was going to be just the start of a long journey, he began to volunteer poolside, keen to support coaching staff, understand not only stroke development but technicalities and governing rules of the sport.  Qualifying as a level 1 Official in 2015 and attending an increasing number of training sessions it was clear that the more support each swimmer could be offered, identifying their individual needs, was in part down to a formula of just how much could one pair of coaches eyes see at any one time in a 25m pool and that just how much more feedback could be generated if that was doubled. With that, the coaching journey started, qualifying in 2016 as an ASA Level 1 coaching assistant and coinciding with a move to Poole SC, he has supported Age Performance squad both in the pool and in land training as well as progressing his Officiating qualifications.


To provide the best support to the Head Coach in every session. Understand the intention of the set and ensure the swimmers enjoy fulfilling their potential by building confidence in their abilities through technique analysis, skills training and aerobic challenge.  Keep things simple. Believe that sometimes you have to swim slow before you can swim fast. A firm believer in ‘you get out what you put in’ …Coaches are there to coach, although self-motivation and effort are the skills each competitive swimmer has to believe are necessary, to achieve their full potential. Favourite quote to date….   “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.  If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” Whether just starting on the swimming journey or a Gold medallist, there are always things to learn, however initially counter intuitive, your only limit is how much you want to listen and learn …. Swimming is a mentally exhausting sport for everyone, repeatedly adjusting technique until it’s instinctive, takes some say, 10000 strokes... That’s the challenge of coaching but when you see these athletes get it right and realise that they have overcome another challenge there is nothing more rewarding….Don’t practice until you get it right.  Practice until you can’t get it wrong.


  • ASA Level 2  Coach
  • ASA Official Judge Level 2 ( Level 2 in training )

Jacob Leo Dunning

Assistant Age Potential Coach


Catherine Honor

Star Group Teacher


Catherine or Kate as she is more well known, has been at Poole Swimming Club for over 35 years. Kate started out training in Masters then moved into Teaching various ages of swimmers. Kate has been the Club Secretary, the Chairperson & even had the honour of being PSC President. Kate currently teaches at the Star Group Level & with Barrys group, Youth Performance.

Kate has 2 children, Madeleine & Matthew, who also swam for PSC at competition level around 20 years ago.


  • Level 2 Teachers Qualification
  • Preliminary Coaches Qualification

Benjamin James Porter

Assistant Coach



Russell Andrew Corn



Hang Deretz

Club Secretary


Chris Deretz



Andrew Dunning

Welfare Officer


Janet Elaine Dunning

Welfare Officer


Sue Newbon

Open Meets Co-ordinator


Tina Axford

Membership Secretary


Karen Louise Yendole

Masters Secretary