The coaches and Poolside Helpers below have written their reasons for doing what they do, what qualities they feel they bring to the poolside and what qualifications they have to date.
Coaching Manager: Clem Laidler
I am currently the Club Development Secretary for Stockton ASC until May 2012 and have been with the club now for 27 years. Like most of you, I started out just watching my two sons swim, but then moved on to helping out. I progressed to Assistant Coaching Manager when John Thompson left the club and eventually ended up as Coaching Manager. I have a full time job outside of Stockton ASC, but like all of the other Coaches and Volunteers, I do not take any money for the services I provide to the club.
Stockton council voted me ‘Coach of the Year 2010′
I have qualifications as a Level 2 Teacher, Lane Coach, Timekeeper, Coach for disabled People in Sport, Equity in Your Coaching, Coaching Good Practice, Tees Active Sports Coach and Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Coach: Trevor Briggs
England being an Island Nation I believe all children should learn to swim by giving them every opportunity. This includes safety in water. I am able to communicate to the children what is required and to make it an enjoyable experience.
I have Level 1 and 2 Teaching Swimming and have attended many development programmes run by the ASA.
Coach: Donna Devlin
I have been swimming with the club for many years and I thought I would put something back into it by helping with the coaching.
I am the Ladies captain at the club and I like to teach young people, helping them to develop their swimskills.
I have Levels 1 and 2 Teaching and Coaching qualification.
Coach: Rachael Peebles
I enjoy teaching children and gaining experience from different types of coaches. I get a lot of satisfaction interacting with the swimmers.
I won the young volunteer award for 2009. I am young, enthusiatic, relating to the swimmers, as they are near my age and reliable.
I have Level 1 in both teaching and coaching aswell as being an ASA qualified judge and trained in Safeguarding and Protecting Children.
Coach: Kelly Marchant
Coach: Alan Bowman
I teach the skills of swimming to children so that they may enjoy an improved quality of life. Improvement in their strength and stamina through regular swimming, improved self esteem and confidence comes through regular training with their peer group. The discipline of teamwork leads to friendships through mutual respect. The challenge of competition promotes personal achievement. Having achieved competence at swimming, children can then go on to safely take part in other water sports and recreational activities.
I have experience of over 20 years teaching & coaching swimming & diving on the poolside.
I have the ASA preliminary teachers and coaches qualification, ASA Child protection and ASA qualified timekeeper. I was a nominee for Stockton-on-Tees Club & Coaches lifetime achievment award.
Coach: Lauren Sinden
After swimming since the age of 6, I felt it was necessary to give something back to the clubs and coaches who helped me. I found that I enjoyed teaching others the skills that were passed on to me. I am thoroughly interested and motivated by learning all I can about the sport. I am dedicated to making the club the best it can be with my fellow volunteers.
I am ASA qualified as Poolside Helper; Level 1 Teacher; Timekeeper; Safeguarding & protecting Children and Emergency Response First Aid. I am currently attending Level 2 teaching & am enrolled on Level 1 Coaching.
I take great pride helping our young swimmers development.
Coach: Kevin Jones
I am a former swimmer and club captain, I got re-introduced to the club when my children started swimming, I now ask myself why I am still helping out! I bring order and discipline to the poolside. I can shout loud and for some reason the swimmers like me! I hold the Level 1 Teaching qualification, I am the Child Welfare Officer for the club and am trained in Safeguarding Young People, Health and Safety plus First Aid
Coach: Carina Peebles
I enjoy all aspects of swimming and get great satisfaction seeing the swimmers progress, whether it be learning to dive or stroke improvement.
I have experience of teaching and coaching all different abilities and ages. I am reliable and hopefully approachable.
I am a Level 2 qualified teacher. I am also an ASA qualified Judge, Timekeeper and have been on the Sageguarding and Protecting Children course.
Coach: Dick Etherington
I was Stockton ASC Head Coach from 1980 – 1982. I started coaching after observing for many hours coaches such as Dave Bance of Stockton Aquatics and Great Britain. Also talking and watching many other North East coaches.
Coach: Lisa Chapman
I am Lisa Chapman and I have been helping out at the club since 2008. I am a swimmer myself and swim competitively for Stockton Masters.
I have got a lot of pleasure from swimming and wanted to give something back to the club, so I coach a lane on Wednesday’s and get a lot of enjoyment and pleasure from doing it.
I am qualified to Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Level 1 Swimming Coach, hoping to continue onto doing my level 2 Coaching qualification in the future.
Coach: Chris Leighton
Chris joins us whenever his busy coaching schedule with The Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS) allows. He brings with him a wealth of experience in both swimming and coaching as he was formerly a member of BOSSS, competing nationally & internationally in both swimming and lifesaving and winning, among other titles, 10 national golds and 5 British records. Chris is also an avid Basketball player and has been selected to the English basketball team.
Chris joined the BOSSS coaching team in June 2009. He is currently working on his Level 3 coaching award, and has been selected to be part of the ASA Advanced Coaching Offer
Trainee Coach: Sarah Scott
I come from a swimming background, swimming for Stockton ASC when I was younger and I represented the club at competion level. I now have 3 children who are all connected to the club – a 13yr old who started at the club and has now moved on after development from Stockton ASC to BOSSS. I also have an 8 yr old who swims at the club, representing them at compition level and i have a 3 yr old who enjoys attending the parent and toddler session with the club on a monday evening. So as you can tell swimming is a big part of our family.
I enjoy teaching the children at the club and it gives me great pleasure to see them develop and grow over time. Swimming is an essential skill to have in life but it also needs to be fun, so although i enjoy teaching the children important skills, I also feel it is important that they enjoy their time in the pool so i try to encourage fun into the lessions where possible.
I have attended the NSPCC Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course and am currently due to take my teaching course through the club, where I hope to continue to grow my skills to enable me to help the children acheive great things
Coach: Emma Shepherd
As an ex-Stockton ASC and BOSSS swimmer, I am now passing on my knowledge to the next generation of swimmers in a hope that it enables them to be as good as they possibly can.
I am qualified to Level 1 Assistant Teacher and will be doing my Level 2 as soon as possible
Trainee Coach: Carl Hamlett
I started with Stockton ASC in the same way that most people do, by bringing my son to the club. After a while I began to help out around the pool and became a member of the committee.
I really enjoy helping the children to become better swimmers through hard work and laughter. I will be taking the next available training course and have attended the NSPCC working with children course. I am a qualified first aider.
Trainee Coach: Tim Myers
Having watched my 2 sons progress from non-swimming ducklings through to competent swimmers via the kellogs learn to swim scheme, I then found myself watching as a spectator 2 to 3 times a week after they joined Stockton ASC. Since learning that the club was run by volunteers and having seen the immense efforts the volunteers actually put in at training sessions, galas and club activities, I volunteered to help out in any way possible. Initially I joined the committee and then started helping out on poolside during the 30 minutes fun play after Wednesdays training session. I now help Coach the swimmers in various sessions under the watchful eye and guidance of the other coaches.
I like to see the kids enjoying themselves so try to mix training and fun into every session whilst also instilling self confidence and self belief into the swimmers.
I have attended the NSPCC Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course and am attending the next available Level 1 Teaching and Coaching Course
Trainee Coach: Lynn Coleman (Awaiting information)
Trainee Coach : Lynn (Awaiting Information)
Poolside Helper: Rebecca ‘Camera Shy’ Dixon (Awaiting better photo and information)
Poolside Helper: Nenah Thorman (Awaiting information)
Poolside Helper: Stuart Beeton (Awaiting Photo and information)
Poolside Helper: Sam Moore (Awaiting information)
Poolside Helper: Beth Kelly (Awaiting Information)
Poolside Helper: Thomas Holdsworth (Awaiting Photo and information)
Poolside Helper: Adam Horner
I am now a masters swimmer, breaststroke being my speciality. I started to help out in order to achieve my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards. I am polite, generous, helpful, firm but fair and I communicate well with the swimmers.