World Para Swimming to launch coaching courses

The first training sessions will take place at the World Series in Berlin, Germany in June. 12 May 2017
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World Para Swimming hopes to raise the standard of the sport worldwide through its new coaching courses.

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“We hope to see lots of interest in these new training opportunities as we build the standard of Para swimming worldwide.”

World Para Swimming is offering budding coaches the chance to be trained in a variety of aspects of the sport as part of a new training programme set to begin in Berlin, Germany, in June.

World Para Swimming “Introduction to Coaching” is the first of its kind and is part of a drive to increase the number of coaches and raise the standard of Para swimming around the world.

Over three days of theoretical and practical sessions, participants will learn about the role of a coach, classification and technical rules, drills and strokes, strength and conditioning, nutrition, talent identification and more.

Tracy Glassford, World Para Swimming Manager, said: “”Introduction to Coaching” was created in response to feedback from the Para swimming community and is also in line with our own aspirations to continue to improve the level of the sport.

“It is designed for swim coaches that are just getting into Para swimming, or those who have been coaching for some years but are looking to advance their skill level.

“The next step is to create a second coaching course, in the coming years, which will be at a more advanced level. That will target coaches that are working with or are interested in joining their high performance national team.

“We hope to see lots of interest in these new training opportunities as we build the standard of Para swimming worldwide.”

“Introduction to Coaching” will take place at the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin from 29 June – 1 July.

Applications close on 15 May. More information, including how to apply, can be found at World Para Swimming's website. Participants must have a minimum of one year competitive swimming coaching experience with able bodied or Para athletes.

It is part of a series of new training opportunities being offered by the global governing body of Para swimming, including for technical officials and classifiers.

Berlin 2017 is the last World Series event of the season with competition running from 6-9 July. Swimmers will then travel for Mexico City for the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships from 30 September – 6 October.