Understanding and Improving the Derbyshire Performance Pathway

The Derbyshire ASA would like to better understand what clubs need and want from the Derbyshire Performance Pathway. Please fill in the following survey with as much detail as possible, so that we can better improve the pathway for all clubs, coaches and swimmers.

We ask that each club completes this survey once.

Every club who completes this survey will be entered into a prize draw for £50.

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* 1. Which club are you from? [ Derby Phoenix SC ]

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* 2. For each of the below options, do your feel that your club/swimmers /coach have a need for/would benefit from...

Additional pool hours  [ yes ]
External coach expertise    [ yes ]
Long course training    [ yes ]
Additional Strength and Conditioning training    [ yes ]
Coach mentoring    [yes ]
Coaching CPDs (Stroke technique, starts and turns etc.)    [ yes ]
Nutrition advice/workshops for coaches    [ yes ]
Strength and Conditioning advice/training for coaches    [ yes ]
Sports Psychology training for coaching team   [ yes ]

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* 3. For each of the below options, do your swimmers or coaches currently access this? If yes, how? If no, why not?

Additional pool hours   [No. We are unable to find more, and do not have the staffing resources to manage more ]
External coach expertise   [No. What do you mean external? We do not know where to go for External coach expertise. Our head coach utilises online resources for his learning continuum ]
Long course training    [Yes - at Loughborough, though this is not enough. We have approximately 14 hours over a 12 month period ]
Additional Strength and Conditioning training [ No. We have stopped our land training because of inconvenient time, location and staffing resources ]
Coach mentoring   [ No - not aware of any ]
Coaching CPDs (Stroke technique, starts and turns etc.) [ Yes ]
Nutrition advice/workshops for coaches   [ No - not aware of any ]
Strength and Conditioning advice/training for coaches [ No - not aware of any ]
Sports Psychology training for coaching team [ No - not aware of any ]

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* 4. For each of the below options, how could the offer be improved, or made more accessible?

Additional pool hours [ We need more space as well more time, because our lanes are narrow. We are open to offers though would prefer a 9pm cut-off]
External coach expertise [ We don’t know what is available ]
Long course training [Ideally more options available as we have a lot of pool time on Sundays ]
Additional Strength and Conditioning training [ We are not aware of the availability though we have utilised students from Derby Uni in the past, and their reliability hasn’t been good.]
Coach mentoring [ We are not aware of any or what is available. Set up a mentoring scheme with agreeable clubs ]
Coaching CPDs (Stroke technique, starts and turns etc.) [ We don’t know when these are available. Maybe a session by a coach at our pool sessions ]
Nutrition advice/workshops for coaches [ We have not attended any in recent years. A good subject for OGMs ]
Strength and Conditioning advice/training for coaches [ We have utilised students from Derby Uni in the past, and their reliability hasn’t been good. ]
Sports Psychology training for coaching team [ We are not aware of any. A good subject for OGMs ]

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* 5. Is there any other support you would like? Please expand.

Training on SportsSys and Sports Systems as we do not have anyone trained on these.  Are there people looking to gain experience with swim coaching, who could gain experience helping a club/s, and is also another way of getting coaching support and sharing knowledge. ]

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* 6. At what stage/age do you feel your swimmers could do with pathway support in terms of additional pool time or coach expertise?

[ Children mature at different times and rates, and therefore, a specific age is not preferred. Monitoring of swimmers recognized at competitions, times achieved, with notification to the Head Coach for discussion with the parents and swimmer. Every swimmer is different on their path to meeting their potential. Not all children fit the rules for what they should do at specific ages, and the opportunities for swimmers should always be open, no matter what age.]

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* 7. How could we improve the relationship between your club and the Derbyshire performance pathway?

[We are not sure of who or what is the performance pathway. More OGM meetings as held 1 May we good for better information sharing. ]