Coaching team

Name: Ricky Hayes
Position: Head Coach
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Sports Studies, level 3 swimming coach, level 2 swimming teacher, level 1 swimming teacher for people with a disability, toddler and babies swimming teacher, Level 2 fitness instructor.
Experience: Ricky was previously Head Coach of the club from 2004-2007 during which he became the youngest head coach the club has ever had. He taught swimming and later managed the swimming lessons at the former Sedgemoor Splash in Bridgwater, as well as running his own swim school. He was Swim Co-ordinator for Brean Splash where he created and formed their learn to swim programme. Ricky was the assistant coach to Street Swimming Club & Somerset Cheetas; a performance squad for swimmers from Street and Chard swimming club. More recently he set up the learn to swim programme at Bridgwater’s newest swimming pool Trinity Sports and Leisure and now hold’s the role as lead swim coordinator for 1610 Somerset and North Devon’s largest leisure provider.

Name: Ange Robertson
Position: Deputy Head Coach
Qualifications: Level 2 Swimming Teacher
Experience: Ange first started coaching swimming with Bridgwater Swimming Club many years ago helping as key member of the coaching team while her daughter swam for the club. Ange eventually moved on to coach at Street Swimming Club where she was the lead coach for the junior swimming programme, a role she had great success in. In addition to this she has also taught swimming at the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy and more recently at Trinity Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater, where she helped to create the successful swimming lessons programme.

Name: Laura Valentine-Slack
Position: Pre-Squad Coach
Qualifications: Level 2 swimming teacher, toddler and babies swimming teacher, Flip n Fun and Aqua Fun teacher, as well as various fitness instruction qualifications.
Experince: Laura has taught swimming for many years, starting off at the former Sedgemoor Spalsh. She has since taught at Hutton Moor in Weston-Super-Mare, the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, Burnham on Sea Swimming Club, and currently teaches at Trinity Sports and Leisure where she is the swim coordinator. This is Laura’s second time working with club.

Name: Chelsea Galloway
Position: Assistant Swim Coach
Qualifications: Level 1 swim coach and level 1 swim teacher. Working towards her level 2 swim teacher qualification
Experience: Chelsea has four years experience coaching swimming with the club. Having recently qualified as a coach and teacher she is full of enthusiasm and passion for delivery. Her hard work with club has helped her gain a professional role teaching for 1610 at Trinity Sports and Leisure. Chelsea was also the 2014/15 Girls Captain.

Name: Becca Locke
Position: Assistant Swim Coach
Qualifications: Level 1 Swim Coach, and Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
Experience: Becca has much experience as a competitive swimmer and was a dedicated captain to the swimming team for several years. She still swims competitively and is an important member of the swimming team.

Young volunteers (swim delivery) – Ronnie Borowska, Alex Towells, Alice Vernon