Bicester Blue Fins

Swimming Club (Est. 1950)

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Craig Oliver – Head Coach 



As Head Coach for Bicester Blue Fins, I Coach across all Academy, Squads and Masters groups. I first got involved with swimming taking lessons myself, I then joined Aylesbury and then Maxwell Swimming Clubs.

Coaching is my passion for numerous reasons - the utmost being that you get to be part of a friendly, dedicated, hardworking and supportive team. I have coached for 12 years and being able to help swimmers achieve more in the pool, as well as in other life challenges is a real buzz and something I am very proud of facilitating.

My goals and objectives with Bicester Blue Fins are to become a bigger and stronger team. Being able to nurture a swimmer from when they begin in the pool for the first time is something special. So being able to help develop each individual swimmer all the way through their swimming career to as high level as possible is of high importance.  In addition, I aim for us to progress in the League Galas along with Championship performances.

I think I could be described as friendly, caring, hardworking, and team orientated!


Personal Aims and Ambitions:

  • Coach a swimmer to the Olympics
  • To be an Olympic Team Coach
  • Create a Club/brand/team that is known for producing international athletes
  • Coach a team to Win the National Arena League
  • Create a dominant team in the local area
  • To have a Club that doesn’t just coach swimmers to perform at a high level, but develops and nurtures such talent from the offset


Coaching Highlights:

  • Being Head Coach of Bicester Blue Fins
  • Being the County Coach for Oxfordshire North Bucks (ONB) and prior to at Bedfordshire & South Bucks
  • Coaching swimmers to medals at both British and English Nationals
  • Consistently coaching on the England Talent Camps
  • Being selected for the England Programmes ‘Pathway Coach Programme’