Coaching Staff

Matt Heathcock - Head Coach

Matt’s involvement with swimming began at an early age and he competed up to Regional level. At the age of 16 Matt also began teaching swimming, progressing to becoming an Assistant Coach at Eastleigh SC when he was 17 and moving to become a full-time coach at 20.

Matt has worked alongside two Olympic coaches; his father Dave Heathcock and Bob Pay.

In his career to date Matt has been involved with developing County, Regional, National and International swimmers. He has been the Great Britain Head Coach at three Junior European Open Water competitions and GB Head Coach at two World Junior Open Water events.

His ultimate aim is to coach the very best team and swimmers in the country, whilst also having fun on the journey.

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Neil Hamp - Assistant Head Coach

Swimming from an early age Neil competed at regional and national levels, with a background in multiple sports including cross county and water polo, he has travelled internationally coaching and training with world-class programmes across 3 continents.

No longer a volunteer Neil joins SB once again as assistant head coach. Having previously headed up age group programmes in Dubai and recently Cayman Islands where he had the opportunity to work with some of the best the Caribbean and Olympic coaches the US has to offer, he brings a wealth of international experience.

During his career, Neil has been heavily involved in the development of several international swimmers from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Pakistan and Cayman. Some of whom have competed at World Championships, World Cups and Commonwealth Games.

Neil’s ambition is to work alongside our head coach Matt to expose our swimmers and members to the experiences and opportunities of world-class culture.

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Sharon Abley -  Coach

A lifelong passion for swimming started early whilst competing for Ferndown Otters, who went on to join with Bournemouth Dolphins and became Swim Bournemouth, full circle in the world of swimming.

Moving away from competitive swimming for a while, I joined a local beach lifeguard club, going onto to become National Champion several times and competing at the World Championships, bringing home medals.

Never far from the pool, I purchased a small local swim school, building it to become a highly successful Learn to Swim School. We regularly feed swimmers into Swim Bournemouth.

Returning to Swim Bournemouth, I coached the Juniors, moving onto the Development and Potential squads, before taking up the exciting and challenging role of County Head Coach.

I will be working closely with Matt and Neil, our Head and Assistant Head coaches, to deliver a structured, successful and enjoyable journey through from entering the County programme in Development, to progressing up to the Regional squad.

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Mark Taylor - Lead Coach

Mark Taylor competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics as well as several other international events for both Wales and Great Britain. After hanging up the trunks Mark took up coaching with his home club the City of Cardiff before moving to Bournemouth for employment and joined the Ferndown Otters coaching team when his two daughters followed in his footsteps to the pool.

After a short time away from poolside Mark rejoined Swim Bournemouth in 2015 as part of the age group coaching team.

Paul Knight - Poolside Helper