Head Coach Appointment - Coaching Leadership Team - Squad Moves

Portsmouth Northsea Committee

Head Coach Appointment

PNSC are pleased to annouce we have concluded the appointment process for a new Head Coach. The Vice Chair of PNSC was appointed by the Committee to lead an open recruitment process to ensure we had as wide a representation as possible. Throughout this process all decisions have had the unanimous support of the full Committee. Following an advert placed in November, we received nine high quality applications for the position. We selected four candidates for an online Zoom based interview, and invited two of those for a final round of selection at the Mountbatten Centre in mid-December. Further rigorous vetting and external reference checks have since been conducted.

We are delighted to announce that following this process, Adam Parfitt has been offered and has accepted the role as Head Coach for Portsmouth Northsea SC. Adam brings with him a really exciting blend of passion for swimming, enthusiasm for developing a really strong coaching team, and an ethos of team-work determined to build PNSC from the junior squads up.

Most of you will remember Adam was our Head Coach until September last year. Adam left the club at a time when PNSC wanted to move to a different leadership structure. With the need to ensure a consistent programme of development across all of our squads, we believe Adam has the right skills to develop a leadership team to support these aspirations.

Adam joined us formally today, Monday 11th January and we are excited to work with him as we reshape and rebuild a number of areas ahead of our anticipated return to swimming following lockdown. Adam’s first steps will be to work with the newly created Coaching Leadership Team and present the coaching strategy and objectives for the whole club at the AGM.


Coaching Leadership Team

In order to build resilience and ensure we have clear direction within the club, we have decided to create a Coaching Leadership Team. The team will work closely with Adam and the Committee to guide, shape and define the direction of the club’s coaching ethos and programme. This will be particularly important as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and build back up to a competitive swimming programme. Adam will be joined on the Coaching Leadership Team by Lee Baldwin, James Warrener and Sam Redman. Between them, they will ensure we have a cohesive and consistent strategy and skill based development pathways to cover every section of the club.


Coaching Development

As I’m sure you will agree, the happiness and success of our swimmers is underpinned by the skills, knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of our coaching staff. The Committee has agreed to put in place a development plan for our Swimming and Strength & Conditioning coaching team. This plan will ensure they can grow and develop into better, more insightful, more talented and above all, even more enthusiastic coaches. We will be developing their leadership skills, their communications skills and their coaching skills. We will be working hard to create the time and space for them to attend various programmes like Swim England (Coach 2024) and UK Coaching. We will also put in place a strong and coherent mentoring programme, and work with other leading clubs to share best practice on coaching development and programme design. 


Squad Moves

Ahead of our return to the pool, Adam will be working with all of the squad coaches to look at the skills, maturity and suitability of all of our swimmers with a view to identifying their progression through the squads. This year has been a difficult time for swimmers with so little time in the pool, nonetheless their very successful return to the water since August and the Level X competitions have shown us that it is time to look again. All swimmers will remain with their current squads during the current Lockdown, any moves will happen shortly after we return to the pool.


This has been a difficult year for swimming in general, and specifically for PNSC. We’re sure you’ll all agree that the prospect of coming out of a global pandemic and developing Portsmouth Northsea is an exciting proposition. We look forward to welcoming Adam back on deck to work with the entire coaching team to create a fun, successful and supportive Club for our swimmers and their families.