Hertfordshire ASA Conference 2014

Hertfordshire ASA held their annual conference over the weekend 22nd/23rd February. As part of the conference two team manager courses took place during the previous week.  Six clubs were represented at those sessions.

The week, ending with the Herts conference, was part of the Hertfordshire Sports Partnership’s Coaches Week. The partnership, along with ASA East Region sponsored the Herts conference. This allowed the membership of the county to receive subsidised development.

Conference 2014 - Masterclass   

On the Saturday Kevin Ayres ran a masterclass on backstroke, which many of the county coaches found inspiring. A classroom session was followed by a practical session in the pool, with six swimmers from Berkhamsted Swimming Club. Requests for further masterclasses, including ‘starts and turns’ being the immediate requirement from the participants.

 Sheila Mackenzie led a ‘Guide to Refereeing’ for qualified starters. This is a new initiative which was very well received by the attendees. There will be follow up sessions going forward to develop our officials to ensure that they are better equipped to support the refereeing of our galas.

Two “Keeping Safe in Sport” courses took place on the Sunday, led by tutors from Sports Coach UK, for youngsters from the county aged 12 to 17years. To support these youngsters, a welfare officer from our clubs attended each session.

Conference 2014 - Billy Pye


Sunday was also a Disability Development Day. Billy Pye, the coach to Ellie Simmons, the Paralympian gold medallist gave an insight into the years leading up to Ellie achieving her goal of gold medals at the Paralympic Games 2012 in London. Carl Cooper the British Swimming disability talent officer, worked with Billy to enlighten the coaches from across the region and inspire them to greater things. The TeamEast squad (the regional disability squad) joined the coaches and received a motivational talk from Billy and Carl. The squad then had a two-hour session in the pool being supported by all the coaches involved in the development day, led by Billy and Carl. Billy presented each of the squad with a certificate recognising their attendance at the session.

   Conference 2014 - Billy Pye

Representatives from six of the county’s clubs took part in a forum looking at the Hy-Tek, Meet Manager and also Team Manager. It was a very fruitful session with lots of ideas to help other clubs with issues – one being having a chat-room set up on the county website.

A great weekend was achieved because of a lot of work by a small group of volunteers, led by the county Workforce Development Manager, Derek Milton. 120 candidates took part in the conference weekend, with a further thirty athletes and their parents and carers.

Thank you to all those who made it possible, including the Herts Sports Partnership and ASA East Region.