The competitive coaching team at Sevenoaks Swimming Club is led by Head Coach Matt Smithurst.
Other squad coaches are Jo King, Richard Smith, Fiona Leeson, Jon Yates, Jo Gaster, Vince Norris, Ann Walkley, Mandy Turner, Gail Leathers, Helen Dudman and Emma Slaughter. Minnows are coached by Mandy Turner. Our synchro coach is Alison Hook. Masters is headed by Coach Richard Smith. Lifesaving is coached by Mandy Turner. Junior water polo is coached by Tom McDonald and Ben McDonald, with Robert Lench at Senior Water Polo.
The focus with junior swimmers in the early squads is on improving technique and introducing swimmers to the skills of competitive swimming.
Our swimmers are individuals with differing needs, abilities and ambitions, and we seek to cater for these as appropriate within the broader framework of the LTAD.
As swimmers progress through the squads, they are able to increase the hours that they train during additional sessions, and are invited to compete in the Club’s wide range of galas, open meets and competitions. In addition, we hope our members of all ages – the youngest through to Masters – will enjoy our own Club Championships held in November and December each year.
Land training sessions are also available to swimmers in Bronze Squad and above, as well as half term swim camps. An annual overseas training camp is offered to secondary school age swimmers every October half term.
The Club supports swimmers at all levels of competition and in addition to our regular programme of galas, we have two teams competing in the Kent Junior League, two in the National Arena League; in both competitions our ‘A’ team is competing in the Premier League. We also have a large squad of approximately 90 swimmers who compete in the Kent County Championships, many of whom then go on to compete in the South East Regional Championships and at the British Summer Championships and ASA Summer Nationals.
At all levels, though, we seek to promote the enjoyment of swimming, of setting achievable goals, personal development and the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The aim throughout is to motivate swimmers, to instil a team spirit, and to encourage a life-long love of the sport.