The Club’s squads are coached by various individuals, most of whom give their time voluntarily. The coaching team includes:
Jamie Fowler (Head Coach)
Jamie joined us from the City of Birmingham Swimming Club, where he was Development Squad coach, developing swimmers to regional standard and beyond.
He comes with a wealth of experience being involved in coaching for over 8 years and was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, including during his formative years at Team Luton.
Building on his degree in sport and exercise sciences, he has worked with swimmers of all ages, coaching athletes who have competed at national and international level.
Throughout his career so far, he has established good relationships with swimmers and parents alike. He has worked on a number on Swim England Camps from County Pathway up to National Development Programmes working with swimmers from different clubs as well as working alongside other coaches from around the country.
Jamie has impressed us with his knowledge and approach, his passion for the sport, his work disciplines and his desire to build a programme for Team Luton that will rival not only those in the surrounding geographical area but challenge on a national level. Jamie is passionate about realising the potential of each individual swimmer he coaches and committed to working collaboratively to provide the highest standards of coaching across the Club.
Dave Wright (Assistant Head Coach)
When not training for his own Masters’ events, where he has won National medals in the pool and Regional medals in Open Water competitions, Dave is the Lead Coach for the Junior Performance, squad where the goal is to reach Regional Age Championships and prepare for promotion to the Performance Squad. He is also in charge of the Development and Transition Squads who through entering various competitions our youngsters will be aspiring to compete in their Age Group County Championships. Qualified as an Assistant Club Coach and Advanced Swim Teacher, Dave likes giving the opportunity to youngsters to enjoy swimming as much as he has – since the age of 7!
Doug Walmsley (Skills 1 &2)
The father of two girls who are in the Senior Performance squad, Doug has been coaching the younger swimmers (8-12 years) since 2014. A qualified assistant coach, he enjoys seeing the swimmers gain confidence and ability. Away from the pool, Doug is a secondary school teacher where he also coaches athletics and cross-country running.
Gary Smith (Skills)
Often to be seen poolside in “public times”, teaching groups of all ages as part of his job with Active Luton, Gary extends his working day to help with our Skills squads. (Full Profile / photo to follow).
Jane Cattle (Skills & Masters / Seniors)
Involved with Luton swimming for over 20 years, Jane’s son competed at various National Age Group Championships whilst her daughter competed internationally for Great Britain for 7 years, including the Paralympics in 2008 in Beijing. Initially volunteering and helping out on poolside generally, with the Club’s help & encouragement Jane started on her coaching journey with the Poolside Helpers Certificate and over the years progressed through to complete her ASA Level 3 Coach qualification.
Having taught and coached swimmers from 18 months old through to Masters, Jane currently helps out with the development of the younger swimmers and helps coach the Masters swimmers. Whilst having coached swimmers & Para-Swimmers to both National and International levels, Jane enjoys supporting and seeing individuals develop their potential and achieve their own personal goals.
Pauline Harrington (Masters & Senior Age Group Coach)
A World Masters champion over 200m Breaststroke back in 1996, Pauline was forced to retire from competitive swimming thanks to two replacement knees.
With over 50 years’ service to swimming in Luton, Pauline is our chief Masters Coach. Frequently finding new drills, she ensures that the sessions are never dull.
Vanessa Edwards (Academy)
Vanessa is one of the first faces that our new youngsters might see on joining the Club’s Academy Group.