Hucknall Falcon’s volunteer parents make a coaching splash

THE FALCON FIVE -- from left, Victoria Widdowson, Kirsty Wright, Tina Gunn, Chris Townsend and Walter Webb.

THE FALCON FIVE -- from left, Victoria Widdowson, Kirsty Wright, Tina Gunn, Chris Townsend and Walter Webb.

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Proud HUCKNALL FALCON SWIMMING CLUB has its own version of the famous five after a quintet of volunteer parents passed a prestigious coaching course.

Victoria Widdowson, Kirsty Wright, Tina Gunn, Chris Townsend and Walter Webb became committed students for five consecutive Sundays, working from 9 am to 6 pm at Bramcote Leisure Centre.

And they emerged with the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) stage one UK Cocaching Certificate, which enables them to coach youngsters at Falcon.

The course covered topics such as the Learn To Swim Framework, which takes children, or any non-swimmers, from their first splash and develops their confidence and competence in the water.

It also taught how to break down each of the four swimming strokes and how to demonstrate correct movements in the water.

To pass the course, the Falcon five had to submit two lesson-plans, be observed teaching at least two lessons and show they were aware of all the hazards in a swimming-pool environment.

The whole emphasis of the course was based on fun. The ASA believes that lessons should be enjoyable for swimmers, enabling them to progress easily through the framework.

THE Learn To Swim Framework, which formed the backbone of the students’ course, has been hailed as the most successful sports programme of its kind. One of the Falcon parents, Kirsty Wright, said: “The most enjoyable part of the course for me was being able to teach my own lesson-plans to young swimmers and then see them progress in the short time that they were in my class.”