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Coaches Report September 2013

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3rd October 2013

Since my last report on 3rd September the following has taken place:

  • On Wednesday 4th September, I attended a four-hour input at Dalkeith Swimming Pool where I enjoyed a classroom session about coaching swimmers with a disability and then spent two hours poolside working with disabled swimmers where I could put into practise some of the classroom learning. The input was excellent and I am to meet with Richard Brinkley (a former Cupar coach) who ran the session, to discuss what CADSC can do for disabled swimmers who live in our community.

  • On Thursday 5th September, the Gold Squad all trained between 7pm and 9pm. The lanes were busy but the move to combine the session times was a success. As a consequence of the Bronze + Squad coming into existence, which does not swim on a Thursday, the concern over potential overcrowding has been removed.

  • Saturday 7th September saw twelve club swimmers enjoy a two-hour training session at the long course pool in Stirling. Coaches Forrest Hamilton and Bab’s Carter supported me in the delivery of the session to the swimmers.

  • On Sunday 8th September the club attended the third round of the Fife Leagues at the newly opened Michael Woods Swimming Pool in Glenrothes. The performance of our swimmers has been previously circulated. During lunch coaches from all clubs met and discussion surrounding the Fife League for next year  led to a decision to remove the upper time band which currently disqualifies ‘high performing’ swimmers and the replacement of the sprints with relay races of mixed gender in each age group.

  • On Saturday 14th September, the new Fife Development Squad had their first morning training session at Lochgelly High School and I was there to support them. The swimmers who have moved to the squad are Euan Baillie, Findlay Baillie, Katie Ross, Ben Levy, Murdo Denholm, Adam Young and Corrie Hay. This was followed by the Fife Area Squad session where I assisted John Dougall in the delivery of the programme. Two coaches from Glenrothes, one from Burntisland and Wendy Hay from Cupar were also in attendance providing support.

Swimmers moves – since the completion of my last report, the following swimmers have left the club:

  • Ellie Spencer

  • Louise Howat

  • Emily Baxter – moved to Dundee City Aquatics

  • William Harper

  • Abigail Brierley

New members have joined us from other swimming clubs:

  • Faith Callan has joined the Dolphins having moved here from Newtongrange Swimming Club

  • Bernard Pilar Gil joined the Bronze Squad  having moved to Scotland from the USA

  • On Tuesday 17th September, the first Bronze Squad + session took place, with swimmers training alongside the Silver Squad. The session was well attended and the swimmers enjoyed the experience of swimming a two-hour session. The new Bronze Squad + swimmers are Hannah Bryson, Millie Buchan, Louise Moncrieff, Lucy Robertson, Amy Spencer and Cameron Paterson. Oliver Goad of Sharks has been selected to swim with the Bronze Squad on a Friday to increase his swimtime. Congratulations to them all on their selection.

  • On Saturday 21st September, we competed in the Novice and Fife Leagues once again with the results previously circulated. The performance of the Novice swimmers was outstanding and a true testament to how well they are being developed across the club. The afternoon session was a fabulous afternoon with a number of excellent personal best swims achieved but more importantly the attitude and commitment was first class from everyone involved.

  • On Wednesday 25th I attended a day long coach’s workshop in Edinburgh run by Scottish Swimming. The input was about planning training across the entire season and was extremely well presented by the Head Coach of the British Gymnastics Team. I am back on Wednesday 2nd October for the second session which focusses on coach individual planning for the short and medium term.

  • On Sunday 29th I attended the first of three SASA Bronze Squad days at Drumbrae Sports Centre in Edinburgh to support Oliver Carter who is our only squad member this year. The training delivery was first-class with Ollie enjoying land training, an education input and 4hrs of quality instruction in the pool. The next session is on Sunday 10th November and I would suggest that any coach who can manage along does so as the lead coach delivers excellent technique training to the swimmers. Just let me know if you can attend.

  • We have 11 swimmers competing over the coming weekend (5th/6th October) at Prestonpans in the East District Time Trials hoping to achieve entry times for the forthcoming three East District Age-Group galas over the coming months. Good luck to all of those who are competing. Around 18 swimmers have entered the Alloa Graded Meet set for the weekend of 26th/27th October.

  • Cupar swimmers Thomas Farrell, Abby Hay and Lewis Baillie are only a week away from flying out to Torremolinos (9th October) for a week long warm weather camp with the Fife Performance Swim Squad where they will train 4-hrs-a-day in an outdoor long course pool. Coach Forrest Hamilton and I are travelling with the swimmers to support them during their training week.

  • I have carried out a stocktake of the club equipment held poolside and created a report for the committee to consider the selling on of some equipment and the purchase of certain items. This will be discussed at the forthcoming Committee Meeting on the 3rd October.

  • Between Karen Baillie and I, we continue to have articles published on a weekly basis in the local paper which raises the profile of the club in our community and provides our swimmers the recognition they deserve for all their efforts.

  • Over the past month I have drawn together a report on the current status of coaching qualifications etc. at CADSC on behalf of Gina Logan and this too will be discussed at the forthcoming committee meeting.

Mark Laing, Lead Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club

30th September, 2013


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