30th September 2009

Atlantis coach Paul Blyth has been selected to take part in the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) Advanced Coaching course. Paul is one of ten coaches in the South East chosen from an original field of forty for this much sought-after two-year programme.

Paul is the lead coach for the Atlantis bronze squads, the club’s Team Manager and deputises for Chief Coach Bill Penny.

The programme is part of the ASA’s efforts to raise the overall standards of swimming coaching in the UK. As part of the programme, Paul will be attached to the Regional Beacon Centre located at the new Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, with a brand new state-of-the art 50m pool. He will have the opportunity to take part in three coaching sessions a year. He will also participate in two English Talent Camps per year, where the best coaches work to develop the country’s best young swimmers.

Those taking part in the Advanced Coaching course, like Paul, will be mentored by a top coach, and will in turn be expected to work with a network of 5 less experienced coaches to pass on knowledge and experience. Paul, who is currently a Level 2 coach, is aiming to achieve Level 3 status.

Atlantis Club Chairman Andrew Dunlop said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Paul. It demonstrates how highly he is regarded. Some of his happiest moments are spent poolside working with committed swimmers. He has a great chance to improve himself and this can only benefit the club. We shall support him every inch of the way”.

Further Information: Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023