09 June 2017
I have the great and sad privilege to announce that after many years of service at COPS, Jo Elder will be retiring as Mini Squad Lead Coach. However, we are delighted to announce that Kayleigh Elder will be take over the role in the future.
After more than 12 years as Stanground Mini Squad Head Coach and previous years as Development/Age-group coach, Jo has decided to retire from a role that she very much loves and has very much made her own since the inception of the Mini squads. Jo hopes to enjoy some free personal time and hopefully enjoy a few more trips to Portugal in future!
On a personal note, I very much owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to Jo for her unwavering support and amazing ability to coach and connect with our youngsters. In the early stages of my coaching years at COPS, Jo was instrumental to the success we built in the years following and I will be forever thankful to Jo for her frank, honest and colourful personality, delivering such aspirations in Peterborough's youngsters.
Jo has helped produce most of COPS swim squad members and was the coach to A squad internationals Jamie Scholes, Zara Bailey, Rachel Wellings, Amelia Monaghan and Jaxon Simmons in their births as competitive swimmers in COPS. Jo has helped ensure that COPS truly produces swimmers striving for their own best, from the beginning to the end of the squad pathway.
Jo's last session will be Thursday 27th July, with Kayleigh taking on the role with support from a new Development Coach and Amie White, from September 2017. I hope you can join us at COPS, in thanking Jo for her tireless work with our youngsters and in the time that remains, celebrate the excellent coaching career of one of COPS finest.