Derek McGown

coach @ east kilbride swim team principal teacher language and communication - bearsden academy west district vice president

West District Development Plan

SASA West District are delighted to launch and share their ‘Clubs Working Together’ Development Plan with you. We would like EVERY club to recognise some part of this in which they can make an impact to benefit as many members of the District as possible. Please take time to go through this within your clubs as we will be pursuing various areas within this plan from today onwards. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to have an input towards achieving this and we look forward to creating positive change.

It can be found here: WD Development Plan – Issue1 April 2019

Derek McGown

West District President

NxT Generation Coaches Conference – COACH APPLICATIONS WANTED

NxT Generation Coaches Conference
Friday 16th/Saturday 17th November 2018
Lancashire Cricket Ground, Manchester
Swimming coaches from across Great Britain will get the chance to share their knowledge at this year’s conference taking place in Manchester on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November. Jointly organised by Swim England, Scottish Swimming, Swim Wales and supported by British Swimming, the conference is primarily aimed at coaches who are in the upper levels of England, Scotland and Wales Talent Pathways. The two-day event will be an opportunity for coaches to cooperatively learn and share their knowledge, practices and behaviours in developing swimmers.
As part of a Coach Development initiative, the West District Executive would like to support two coaches to attend the conference. The fund that will be available may not cover all costs, however we would expect your home club also to support you where possible. In return for this support, it would be agreed for the supported coaches to share the knowledge gained with the other members of the West District at a West District Meet before the end of June 2019 or other event as agreed with the Executive.
We are seeking applications from interested coaches who are looking to develop themselves, their club and also have the ability to share this learning experience in front of an audience.
To apply, please email outlining why you would be a good candidate for selection for support. Applications will close on Thursday 27th September.
For more information please contact Derek McGown, Vice President on at the earliest opportunity.

Coaches Conference

District Modernisation Workshop follow up

Thank you to everyone who attended the District Delegates Meeting and had input in the Modernisation Workshop following the business of the meeting. Please find attached a copy of the slides and also the link to the survey. From your responses, these will be collated in conjunction with those from the Delegates Meeting on the 6th June to create a District Action Plan. This will then be communicated with the larger group and SASA. We are looking for honest opinions and feedback.

A reminder to everyone that we are asking for your name and club as we would like to be able to respond to opinions and ideas shared, as this follows on from the open forum held at the West District meeting. We want clubs also to be able to help us drive any ideas forwards and make progress in the future.

The link for the survey is:

Closing date of Sunday 24th June

Slides on the link below:

WD Modernisation Workshop

Derek McGown

West District Vice President

Club Framework/Change of Financial Year

At the meeting on Wednesday 7th February we were presented from Scottish Swimming representatives Deborah McGinniss and Sarah Pryde-Smith on the new Club Framework consultation and the proposed change to the Scottish Swimming Financial Year at the forthcoming AGM in February.

The documents are all in relation this including responses and feedback taken on the night with the many people who attended.

If you have any questions on the following documents please contact Deborah or Sarah on the following email addresses:

Deborah McGinniss –

Sarah Pryde-Smith –

2018-AGM-Proposas-PC1FinYearTimeline Change Financial Year Presentation Change Membership Financial Year Proposal Cover Sheet Club Framework 6 Key Components Club Framework_West District Delegates_Feb2018 Districts_Club Framework Presentation_7Feb2018

Young Leader Squad 2017

YLS 2017

Young Leader Squad 2017– Club Retention Programme
Friday 24th November – Sunday 26th November 2017- Inverclyde National Sports Centre

See attached document for more info.

See your club to be put forward in the application process.

Vacancy – West District Secretary

The role of District Secretary will become vacant from December, election at the AGM on the 3rd December 2017.  Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for election or wish to nominate someone or if you want to hear more about the role please get in touch with Karen Gray, Janice Morgan or Derek McGown

National County Team Championships 2017

National County Team Championships
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2017
Request for any coaches interested in taking part by Wed 19th July

The district has confirmed that the district will be taking a team down to these championships and will also swim at the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet on the Saturday prior to the event.

As per other years the district will take down 2 coaches and 2 team managers/assistant coaches. Preferably 2 male and 2 female staff will be going down but that’s not set in stone.

If you would be interested in going down as a coach or as a Team manager/assistant coach then please contact John Deans.

SASA 2nd Vice President – Nominations Invited

The West District on the rotation have the opportunity to nominate a SASA 2nd Vice President. If you are interested please complete the application and matrix and submit to Karen Gray, District Secretary by 1st November 2017.


Applicants Details VP_Final_20March2017

Matrix Scottish Swimming SASA President and Vice Presidents_Final_20March2017


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