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Taunton Deane Hub & Network

In 2011 the Club’s Management Committee accepted an invitation to join the Taunton Deane Hub and Network. The network is open to all clubs in Somerset and the local area who have achieved or are working towards Swim 21 accreditation.

The network is made up of the following clubs:

  • Taunton Deane – Hub (Leading) Club

  • Academy swim Burnham

  • Clevedon

  • Minehead

  • Wellington

The Network is supported by ASA South West Region who are able to guide the network and can provide access to additional funding. The Hub Club is Taunton Deane and the lead Coach is Graham Davidson.

The Head Coach from each Club attends regular Coach meetings with Graham Davidson.

Club Chairpersons and Swim 21 Co-ordinators attend 4 meetings each year to discuss best practice in managing individual clubs and to help and support each other. This is led by Emily Swain the ASA South West Region Aquatics Officer.

The aim of the network is for the clubs to work closely together by forming a working partnership that will help each club’s swimmers, teachers, coaches and administrators achieve their full potential.

The network is working together in the following areas:-

1. Athlete Development

  • Providing a supplemental training programme for talented swimmers at Taunton Deane

  • Accessing appropriate level meets – recently the Network clubs attended the Derby Open Meet in Sheffield together

  • Holding time trial events to ensure swimmers have an additional opportunity to achieve County Qualifying times (recently held at Taunton Deane)

  • Arranging training camps for swimmers of all abilities

  • Arranging Friendly Galas for swimmers of all abilities

2. Club Development.

  • Hold meetings on a regular basis to discuss club management

  • Regular contact by e-mail to support each other as appropriate (eg compare cost of pool hire)

  • Arrange courses for Club officers – Time to Listen course for Welfare Officers to be held in March

  • Arrange two seminars per year (topics to be decided)

3. Workforce Development

  • Arrange Teaching and Coaching level 1 and level 2 courses to meet the network’s needs.

  • Clubs work together to offer in house training for officials and club helpers.

  • Course priorities for the network are; Team Manager and a club helper’s award.

  • Offer mentoring sessions for Teaching/coaching staff

The Management Committee believe that the Network offer the best way forward for our Club. We are able to retain our Club identity and individuality whilst being able to access the opportunities, support and funding that comes from being part of a larger group.

 
Swim 21 Co-ordinator