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Coaching Staff

Coaching at the club is run by Alan Doyle, Head Coach, who is supported by a large number of volunteer helpers, the majority of whom are parents of club swimmers. We are committed to building and developing our team of coaches and helpers through training programmes, accredited courses and continuous professional development. In addition to working poolside during training sessions, coaches also support swimmers at competitions. As part of our child welfare policy, we ask all coaches and helpers to go through a DBS check before they work unsupervised with swimmers. Most of our coaches and several of our poolside helpers hold the National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches from the Royal Life Saving Society.

To contact our coaching team, please email our head coach, Alan Doyle: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07971462993

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Alan Doyle, Head Coach
Alan took over as Head Coach in September 2010, he attends all club sessions. He oversees all Club groups and directly coaches the Top Squads. Alan has two daughters who swim at the club and has been coaching since 2006.

Alan has an extensive coaching team as follows (in alphabetical order):

  Richard Daniell
Richard has been coaching at HHSC for a number of years. Richard coaches once a week. He helps with coaching the Otters Group. Richard is a qualified life saver.
  Mark Horrod
Mark has been coaching at the club since 2004 and is a Level 2 Club Coach. He also holds a National Rescue Award and is a qualified timekeeper and judge. Mark spends 3 days a week at poolside, providing 4 hours of coaching to the County and Regional Squads. He also helps out with coaching other groups when the need arises.
  Rob Lotts
Rob coaches once a week with the Sea Lions and Seals Groups and has been present on poolside for a number of years, he is ASA Level 1 qualified.
  Dave Pirrie
Dave has been a member of Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club since 2005 and has been assisting with the coaching at the club for the last three. In his youth (too many years ago!) he represented Hertfordshire and swam for St Albans (now COSTA) & Watford. Dave is an active member of the Masters Squad at Hemel Hempstead and competes regularly in both Club & Masters events. He coaches once a week with the County Squad.
  Tracey Stratford
Tracey is the Group leader for Aquabears our very youngest swimmers. She is an ASA Level 2 qualified swimming teacher and holds a national teacher rescue award. Tracey has two daughters at HHSC and enjoys helping out whenever needed.
  Christine Thompson
Christine has been Coaching with Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club since 1989 when her daughter joined the club at 5 years old and she obtained her first ASA qualification in 1990. She is a level 3 Club Coach and specializes in starts, turns and stroke technique and is passionate about the sport. Christine currently assists with the Otters group at HHSC, she holds a current rescue award, and also has a sports psychology diploma. Chris likes to remind us her claim to fame is that she was Olympic Swimmer Richard Charlesworth’s first teacher and coach. She runs a swim school at Kings Langley school, and also teaches at Sportspace Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.