Warrender Baths Club is delighted to announce a restructuring with effect from September 2016 to enable focus to centre on being the most successful Age and Youth programme in Scotland.
This change has been prompted by an increased and focussed investment from Scottish Swimming in Performance hubs around the country, with strong links to universities which are investing significant funding into performance sport.
The Club believes that this is the time to deliver a new vision of allowing our swimmers to be the very best they can be, whilst promoting lifelong skills and values and producing the best athletes for progression into university or performance programmes around the country.
From September, Head Coach Laurel Bailey’s role will be redefined and she will step back from coaching the Club’s Elite squad in order to head the overall coaching programme and swimming pathway throughout the whole Club. Laurel will write and implement a structured training plan to ensure consistency in standards and delivery right across the Club. She will mentor and develop coaches at all levels and continue to play an important part in the training of coaches within Scotland.
Newly appointed ‘lead coaches’ at each level of the Club will oversee the squads in their divisions and report to Laurel, working closely with her as Head Coach. Laurel will also lead in developing existing relationships with key stakeholders, including Scottish Swimming and Sportscotland.
The restructuring will see the appointment of Kostas Kalitsis as Lead Coach of the Club’s most senior squad. Kostas has a wealth of qualifications and experience, having achieved outstanding results from the Junior Elite and National Girls squads over the last 2 years, and he will also continue his work with the Club’s Masters programme.
Further information will be distributed over the coming months, including an updated Club training schedule for the new season which will involve changes to training times for the squads after the summer holidays. Laurel will deliver a series of squad meetings to explain the exciting new plans in person.