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The Cornwall County Development Programme 2023-2024


County Development Programme (CDP)

Talent Pathway overview and rationale;
“To guarantee the delivery of quality English swimmers and coaches on to British Swimming’s World Class Programmes.”

I. The strategic goal of Swim England Talent is to create a system that will identify, support and enhance the development of athletes for the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games of the future. Programme activities are designed to engage with swimmers whose age and stage in the ‘England Talent Pathway’ is of relevance and continues on the trajectory into World Class Programmes.
II. This allows Swim England National Talent Officers/Coaches to identify swimmers to attend programme activities using, surveys, event rankings and discretionary considerations.
III. It is our philosophy and intention to promote a fully inclusive, athlete centered, process driven, talent development pathway. We encourage conversations with all stakeholders, on how to continually help, support and encourage selected athletes throughout. This allows the finite resources of the programme to be applied in a flexible and targeted manner to best support individual needs in line with the overall pathway aims.

CDP is the first step on the Swim England Talent Pathway and is developed in partnership with all of the Swim England Counties. This programme is delivered by each home county and supported by the Swim England Talent team.

CDP Integrated Programme Aims 2023-2024
• Develop fundamental movement skills and core aquatic skills to advance physical literacy
• Develop technical skills across all four competitive strokes
• Create awareness of Swim England’s culture and its associated talent programmes
• Develop the characteristics in-line with the age and ‘Development’ stage of the Optimal Athlete
• Development Framework (OADF)
• Increase opportunities for the workforce delivering at this stage of the pathway, to experience and facilitate an integrated and inclusive training environment

Selection Criteria:

  • 12yrs of age by 31st December 2023
  • Selected from Long Course 200m IM Rankings and Short Course 200IM Rankings
  • Selection Period; 1st January – 6th August 2023
  • Para selections made by National Para Staff

Cornwall Programme Lead: Carrie Richards

Cornwall Lead Home Coach: Sean Hickman

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