Nigel Willis - Lead Coach


Nigel Willis


ASA Coach
ASA Module for Coaching Masters Swimming
ASA Club Coach
ASA Preliminary Club Coach
ASA Advanced Teacher
ASA Teacher
ASA Preliminary Teachers
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
British Weight Lifting Level 1
Introduction to Resistance Training
Member of the Institute of Swimming
Member of Register of Aquatic Professionals

Years in Swimming:

"I have been involved in swimming as both a swimmer & coach for over 50 years"

Why did you get into coaching?

"I saw coaching as a natural progression from my competing days and I wanted to give something back to the sport that I love"

Background/List of achievements past and present:

"During my coaching career, I have coached many swimmers to medal and final at Senior National, British Championships and Youth/Age Group Championships. I have also placed swimmers on the following teams, Commonwealth Games Delhi (2010), Tri Nations GB V Canada V Russia (2009), European Youth Olympics (2009) England Schools WISE International (2008/2009/2010), World School Games Doha (2009), European Junior Championships (2008) and World Short Course Championships (2016).

I have worked with British Swimming as a coach on the world class coaching development programme and have also been part of the coaching team for the ASA South East Region Level 2 Talent programme, the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Excellence (AASE) programme and Team GB coaching staff for the Tri Nations International. In addition, from Oct 2007 to 2011 and during 2017 I was the Head Coach to Berks & South Bucks County Swim Team."

Favourite Pool:

I have been to many swimming pools abroad and in the UK, but my favourite pool in the UK is Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Greatest achievement in swimming/coaching:

Selected as a coach for British Swimming team at the Tri Nations meet

Favourite set:

Broken 200m set:
50m, 50m, 100m
50m, 100m, 50m
100m, 50m, 50m
Repeat above twice

Most important piece of advice to a swimmer:

"Train hard and enjoy your swimming. Believe that the impossible is possible."

Other interests/hobbies:

Golf, Swimming, Travelling, Reading and watching films