initiative aimed at producing Olympic swimming success for Britain is set to have a base
A proposal was yesterday passed by the Coventry City Councils sport and leisure
committee and now awaits a decision by the Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain.
If granted, Coventry will be given funding of around £70,000 to train an elite of 12
youngsters with the aim of producing world class swimmers to compete in international
Coventry had previously been turned down for the grant, but the ASFGB's interest has
been rekindled by the success of Cov kid Adam Whitehead, who recently won the 200m
breaststroke at the European Short Course Championships.
Top coach Nick Selwood is set to take charge of the programme which he believes is a
massive step forward for the sport.
"We have really talented athletes here and Coventry's existing programme is very
successful, but it is despite resources rather than owing to them.
"This money has come from the lottery and every sport has put together a `world
class performance policy' and swimming has decided that having regional centres of
excellence is the way forward.
"Having this scheme in Coventry would help swimming right through from the elite
to grass routes level, and give our swimmers facilities of equal standing to those in
Coventry Cllr Dave Edwards believes that both the city and the country as a whole will
benefit enormously from the scheme.
"It is aimed at building up U.K involvement in Olympic Games and offers a very
precise learning programme for people involved.
"It would also be a real joint effort as both of the city's universities have got
involved, Warwick are offering the use of their facilities, and Coventry are sharing the
expertise of their Sports Science Programme."