Berks & South Bucks Pre-County Level Development Camp for Swimmers and parents

Sunday 12th November 2017

Heathfield School, Ascot

Last Sunday saw 39 swimmers and their parents, 7 coaches (Cameron Moffat, Jordan Welch, Sharon Bridge, Jess Brookes, James Cameron, George Longhurst and Lauren Turner) alongside the County Coach, Nigel Willis, and 4 volunteers from the County (Sue Green, Rob Moore, Heather Reid and Joan Scarrott) came together for the sixth Pre-County Level Development Camp. The purpose of the Camp is to give young swimmers (9-11yrs) and their parents further insight into competitive swimming at County level and beyond with specific focus on training, nutrition, competing at a higher level, volunteering and officiating.

08:45: Welcome and Orientation

The programme started with a Welcome from the County Team Manager who congratulated all the swimmers for having been chosen to attend the day and being potentially able to perform at County level and hopefully beyond. She talked about the focus for the day which was education and to give insight into competitive swimming at this level. She then orientated the group to the buildings and the specific details of the programme

09:15: Guest Speaker – Adam Barrett, Commonwealth Gold Medallist and 100m Short Course Record Holder

Adam shared his story from being a young swimmer at Reading and then Tilehurst Swimming Clubs, through to studying Sports Science at Loughborough University and swimming for GB and winning 5 International medals on the way. He talked with honesty and humility about the stresses and successes on the way; the choices he made and the lessons he learned which he shared with the parents and swimmers. He passed around his 5 international medals and both the parents and swimmers were given the opportunity to ask Adam questions, get autographs and have their photos taken with him.

Swimmer Track

Parent Track

10:30: Pool session – skills development.

Coaches and Adam

Skills work – investing in getting the fundamentals right.

The group was taken through the life of organising the County Championships (or any Licensed meet) from Promoter’s Conditions, booking the pool, getting the Officials and all the volunteers using a mock pool. All the parents were invited to stand in position as the different roles were introduced and talked about. Once there were no more parents to physically stand in position, we added the “additional people” by placing a red dot on the floor for each person required. It took just under 50 people in total to man the meet.

11:15: Nutrition – Hannah Trotman www.htnutrition.co.uk

Hannal Trotman, who is a Nutritionist, led an inter-active session based on parents’ own questions around the issues that pre-occupied them.

Parents were interested in getting some additional swimming recipes, We would recommend Anita Bean's Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes, 2010

12:30: Lunch and photos

13:15: Nutrition – Hannah Trotman

Hannah Trotman, took the swimmers through the fundamentals of good nutrition and hydration and ideal foods to eat during a competition

After Lunch we invited people into the Market Stalls session. The four stalls were manned by:
  • Sue Green – Developing Officials
  • Rob Moore – Running Meets
  • Heather Reid – Team Management and Swim 21
  • Joan Scarrott - Volunteering and being a swimming parent
The group split into 4 smaller groups and moved around the room in 30 minute cycles.
14:30 Pool Session 2

Skills work

15:45 The group was given an opportunity to offer feedback and ask any final questions before the Team Manager, Joan, thanked, Rob, Sue, Heather, for their input into the Market Place and the Coaches for their time and work during the day.
16:15 Close


Adrian Aneez John Cean
Eshaan Firake Jonathon Ireland
Harriet Scott Elena Tomey
Alex CampbellThomas Moorhouse
Windsor Newbury
Rhiannon Thomas Harshika Srivastava
Rhiarna Wilks Kirsten Fraser
Tilda Philpott Rubi Maleham
Thomas Williams Charlotte Brown
Joseph Mottram
Chesham Chalfont
Freddie Kenward Zoe Holligan
Arun Garaway Libby Button
Lesedi Nkoane Izzy Nicholls
Robyn Martin Scarlet Russell
Izzy Bach
Zara Holligan
Wycombe Bracknell
George Collier Edith Hamilton
Maisie Dickinson Flo Taylor
Marcus Haigh Oliver Richards
Francesca Wollard Eliza Jesson
Saba Williams
Abby Cryer
Isabel Fox
Freya Newman

Staff and Coaches

Nigel WillisCounty Coach, Berks & South Bucks County
Joan ScarrottTeam Manager, Berks & South Bucks County
Sue GreenReading, & Berks & South Bucks County
Heather ReadWycombe
Rob MooreBrackell & Berks & South Bucks County
Adam BarrettGuest Presenter / Swimmer
Jordan WelchCoach - CHesham
Sharon BridgeCoach - Maidenhead
Cameron MoffatCoach - Windsor
Jess BrookesCoach - Reading
James CameronCoach - Wycombe
George LonghurstCoach - Wycombe
Lauren TurnerCoach - Chalfont