Ian Spencer

Head Coach

Ian joined Bobcats in September 2018, having previously been head coach at Harrogate District Swimming Club, Bolton Metro and Crewe Flyers. 

In 20+ years of coaching his swimmers have been selected to represent Great Britain at European Youth Olympics, and have broken 2 British Age Group records, 2 British paraswimming records and won 15 medals at the summer national championships.  

Ian is hoping to use his experience to help develop the nextgeneration of swimmers at Bobcats and to support clubs in Lancashire.


Craig Lord

Assistant Head Coach  

Craig has over 20 years’ experience of coaching in swimming from those taking their first strokes in learning to swim, through to athletes at a National level.

Before joining Burnley Bobcats in 2015 Craig began coaching the Learn to Swim programme with Ribble Valley Council, before moving to Great Harwood Otters where he was appointed Head Coach.  Craig then moved to Clitheroe Dolphins where he spent three years running the clubs Age Group programme.

Craig works with swimmers of all abilities at Burnley Bobcats, and excels at developing those from their early stages of competing in galas to insure they have a solid foundation of skill development.