Jon Wills - Head Coach.  National Potential Squad and Regional Age Squad Coach

Description: joined Soundwell Swimming Club in April 2012. He was the club's first Assistant Head Coach and in 2015 was appointed Head Coach. He is a former National swimmer from Kelly College and Bath University. Jon is currently a Level 3 Coach who has completed a BSc Sports Performance degree and is also a qualifie strength and conditioning coach. Jon has coached multiple swimmers to medals at both British & English National level and participated in many Swim England pathway programmes.



Paul Laughey - County Age and Youth Squad and Regional Potential Squad Coach

  Paul became involved with the club through his own children. Initially Paul served on the committee, where he
  guided the club to achieving Swim21 status for the first time. He began to help poolside in 2005. Paul continued
  to develop his coaching skills assisting with the age group squads alongside previous Head Coach Eric
  Henderson. Paul took over the age group squad in 2009 and since then has helped develop
  many swimmers from County to Regional level. Paul is currently a Level 2 coach who has completed an
  additional diploma in applied sports psychology. Paul can always be found on poolside at open meets
  and championship events assisting with pre and post swim briefings – something Soundwell coaches have
  always considered important for all swimmers.

Ashley Barnett - County Development Squad Coach


  Ashley is a Level 2 coach and is a vital member of the coaching team. He is lead coach for the junior and   
  development squads. He also assists throughout the whole club. He was a former Western County qualifier with
  the club who still trains and still competes when called upon. Ashley is also the lead coach on the pathway programmes for soundwell.




Simon Gale - Competition Skills and Skills Development Squad Co-Coach

  Simon has been teaching in our learn to swim programme since 2018, and is a Level 2 swim teacher. Recently
  he moved across to coaching with the younger squads.    He was a western counties swimmer in his (much)
  younger days, and more recently has completed in long distance open water swims such as the Dart 10k and
  Brownsea island swim, alongside Iron-distance, and half iron-distance triathlons.   He is a keen swim parent too,
  with a daughter within the squad system.



Emma Dodd - Skills Development Squad Co-Coach

  Emma is a Level 1 swimming coach, and is also our Learn to Swim Co-ordinator.  Emma's three children swim at
  Soundwell and she is a passionate supporter of the Club.  Emma's volunteering work was recognised in 2021
  when she was awarded the South West Regional Engagement Innovation award for her fundraising activities
  during COVID lockdown.  She can be found poolside as co-coach for our Skills Development squad, as well as
  supporting our Head Coach with the senior squads.




Poolside Support to Coaches

Alison Dodd

Simon Bratchel


Academy Teachers 

Alison Dodd

Amber Witcombe

Heather Witcombe

Simon Gale

Kate Andrews 

Karen Highway