Gary Barnes
County Coach




As you may be aware, British Swimming has introduced a new scheme in an attempt to improve the prospects of future success at international level. The new scheme was produced following a major review of swimming in the UK after the 2012 Olympics. This review was conducted by ASA/British Swimming staff, Home Nations
Performance staff and former Olympic coaches and athletes and a few of the outcomes were:-

 A fundamental lack of technical excellence within our developing young

 Stopwatches being the main driver rather than technical skill development.

 Too much focus on junior outcomes.

 Inability of our best senior swimmers to perform skills to a high level under


In order to address some of these issues the ASA England Programmes team
introduced a new performance pathway that will help all swimmers to reach their full potential whilst also giving an opportunity for coach education and development.

The first step on the pathway starts at county level. All counties have been instructed to standardise their County Championship format, and to this end Shropshire ASA made changes to the 2016 programme and have again moved closer to the standard in 2017. Next year we will make further minor changes to capture all essential requirements within the scheme.

With the County Championship structure in place the next stage is to follow the ASA England Programmes pathway for the swimmers and coaches. At County level we are required to target the 11 year olds (age at 31st December) and invite the top 18 boys and 18 girls to three development camps during the year. The selection will be based solely on ASA Rankings data following completion of the County Championships.

I, as Shropshire ASAs Head Coach for this scheme, have been attending training
sessions with England Programmes staff, including Fred Furniss our regional officer, so that again all counties are effectively singing from the same hymn sheet. The
development camps are aimed at technical skill promotion for the swimmers and also an education opportunity for the skills coaches who will come from clubs within the county, with an aim of taking the message back to their home club.

To explain in further detail we will be having a Parents Workshop during the County Championships on Saturday 25th February during the lunch break, exact time to be
advised. The workshop is solely for parents of the current 11 year olds within the county and will also include parents of swimmers who may for some reason not be competing that weekend.

Should you have any questions regarding the new Performance Pathway, Development Camps or any other related matter you can contact me on

or look out for me during the County Championships.


Best regards


Gary Barnes

Shropshire ASA Head Coach

Shropshire ASA Development Programme