Stirling Swimming Club

Coaching Team

Each squad at Stirling Swimming is allocated a lead coach, who is responsible for delivering the training for that squad. The Head Coach, Kerry Wood, is in overall charge of the coaching arrangements for the Club.

It is club policy to provide swimmers with regular feedback on their performance. In addition, if anyone needs to discuss a swimming-related issue in more detail, please contact the relevant squad coach or the Head Coach. Contact should normally be made by email after which a meeting can be arranged if required. Please note this is not usually at poolside when the coach is busy coaching!

Senior Performance Squad










Head Coach: Kerry Wood - Senior Performance Squad Lead Coach

Kerry has coached Stirling swimmers to Scottish and British Age Group medals and disability swimmers to European and World Championship Medals.

In 2014 two Stirling swimmers were selected to the Scotland Commonwealth Games Team and numberous other swimmers have been selected to Scottish International Team events.  

Kerry was selected as a coach for the GB Paralympic team in London 2012 and has been part of the coaching staff on a number of International Meets for Scotland and Great Britain.  

As one of Scotland's top swimmers, Kerry held the long and short course Scottish records for the 50m and 100m butterfly for eightyears and was Scottish Champion in these events 1995 - 2003.

Kerry first represented Great Britain at the 1993 European Sprint Championships before going on to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Manchester in 2002.

E-mail: [email protected]


Junior Performance and Potential Squads

Assistant Head Coach: Stuart McDougall - Potential and Junior Performance  Squad Lead Coach

Stuart has been Assistant Head Coach at Stirling Swimming since January 2016. Before that, he had been  coaching at REN 96 Swim Team for 12 years.  Swimmers Stuart has coached have gone on to represent  Great Britain at World Junior Championships and win numberous medals at Scottish and British Championships.  

Stuart has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters Degree in Performance Coaching from the University of Stirling. Stuart is a Level 3 qualified coach and in 2015 spent 10 months in Australia, coaching at Knox Pymble Swim Club in Sydney for 6 months.

JPS + Potential Coaching Team:

  • Angela McCowan
  • Charlie Waddingham
  • Charlie Boldison
  • Zak Aitchison


Junior Development and Development Squads

Charlie Boldison: Junior Development & Development Squad Lead Coach

Charlie has been a coach with Stirling Swimming since 2018, and has been lead coach for JD + Development since August 2019.

As a swimmer Charlie competed at a GB international level as a Backstroker and represented Great Britain at the World Short Course Championships in 2016 in 50m, 100 Backstroke and 4 x 100 Medley relay where the team placed 5th. Other achievements of note: British Champion 200m Backstroke 2014, ASA National Champion 50 + 100m Backstroke 2015 & 2016.

As a coach Charlie works with JD +  Development squads alongside his University of Stirling Club squad and is an Assistant Coach with the High Performance programme at the University. 

Charlie's objectives for the Junior Development and Development squads is to set the swimmers up with a high level of technical proficiency in the water and to build a strong foundation of physical capabilities to enable the swimmers to pursue a long and successful swimming career. At this early stage of the swimmers' swimming journey, the main goal is not for immediate results in competition, but to ensure the long-term development of the swimmers and most primarily, the enjoyment for the sport!

JD + Development coaching team: 

  • Mark Stoops 
  • Amy Malone 
  • Laura Williamson 
  • Charlie Waddingham 
  • Bid Stanger 
  • Zak Aitchison
  • Emily Eason


STARfish Programme

The STARfish programme aims to help swimmers transition from swimming lessons to club based training. Main focuses are ensuring swimmers can demonstrate correct technique across all four strokes and are competent executing all skills required for the sport, i.e. tumble turns, dives, streamlining, lane discipline and an understanding of training.

STARfish coaching team:

  • Laura Williamson 
  • Mark Stoops 
  • Logan Eason 
  • Clare Dawson


Disability and Club Squads


Masters Squad

Craig Coull: Masters Squad Lead Coach