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Youth swim club refines 'skills in other areas' during downtime

City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) has had to shut down its training as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - but the activity hasn't stopped.
Orlando, from COPS, showing support for the NHS during the pandemic (Photo: Emma Stevenson)

The team behind Peterborough's elite swimming club have been working hard to keep all members engaged and focused during this downtime.

To do this, coaches have been holding weekly Zoom meetings with a variety of purposes. There have been strength and conditioning classes, cooking tutorials with local chefs, online pilates lessons, quiz nights and (most excitingly) interviews with national and Olympic-level swimmers.

Peter Brystow, age group performance coach, said: “While many would consider not having access to your normal training environment to be a negative, we have jumped at the opportunity to improve the membership’s skills across other areas. During normality it can be easy to focus on the physical attributes of a swimmer - this period has allowed us to refine psychological and people skills. 

“To keep the ‘swimmers’ engaged we have offered plenty of live online activities, such as land training sessions, cooking sessions, a virtual ‘swimming’ competition and quiz nights. 

“Combining the above with our regular ‘COPS Coaches Chats’ (a podcast style video interview with Olympic athletes) we hope to build better people which will hold them in good stead when they do eventually return to training.”