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ABOUT DAVID COUSINS

I started my sports coaching career journey in 1990, completing my school teaching P.E. PGCE in 1999. In 2012, I transferred my wider sports expertise into swimming, completing the Level 2 Swimming Teacher in 2014 and qualifying as a Swim England Senior Swimming Coach in 2018.  After 5 years working as a club swim coach, I was appointed Head Coach of Portway SC (2017-18). Portway SC then merged with Bristol Penguins SC and since then I have been the Assistant Head Coach of this thriving swimming club. It was with great pride that the club received national recognition from Swim England with the award of Swim Club of the Year 2019.

I am an enthusiastic coach and delight in motivating and engaging with Age Group swimmers on a daily basis. My passion for delivery is based on three principles; learn, progress and perform. I instil positive training behaviours with an aim of developing stroke efficiency and skilful movement patterns underpinned by high quality technique. I am known for coaching in a calm, clear and focused manner. I am also eager to utilise my understanding of the athlete pathway development beyond the club environment thus progressing performance swimmers aiming towards their long-term goals and ambitions. My focus is on improving each individual as an athlete whilst also developing every young athlete as a whole person with long last characteristics.

I am now responsible for the development of over 50 swimmers in the club Age Group pathway programme where I coach a regional potential squad of swimmers aged between 12 and 14 years old. I have coached multiple Gloucestershire County Age Group champions and numerous South West Regional finalists.

I plan, prepare and deliver short course (25m) and long course (50m) pool training. In addition, I lead and deliver a detailed land-based training program in order to build appropriate strength conditioning, co-ordination, balance and flexibility. This training away from the pool allows swimmers to then raise their performance levels in the pool.

I occasionally coach for City of Bristol swimming club and have coached their Age Group and Youth Performance squads. It is always a valuable experience to work with another club and understand their athletes, whilst learning new and interesting ways to improve and develop technique and skills.

As a Senior Swimming Coach, I am eager to continue with the professional development opportunities that exist within the Swim England Coaching Pathway. In 2019, I became a Gloucestershire County Skills Coach, delivering land training, pre and post pool, small group discussions, pool sessions and liaising with athletes’ home clubs. In 2020 and 2021 I was a South West Regional Skills delivering land training and pool sessions with an Individual Medley focus. For 2022, I have been selected to be a National Development Programme Skills Coach and relish the opportunity to refine the skill sets of swimmers with national potential.

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