Testimonials

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Michael Scott (British Swimming National Performance Director)...

"I write to acknowledge and thank you for a job well done as Head Coach of the senior Great Britain swimming team at the recent 2011 European Short Course Championships in Poland. The results of the team were the best at a European Short Course since 2004 but more importantly, the leadership that you provided to the coaching staff and the team in general was exemplary and provided a positive environment for the coaches and swimmers to perform at the required level at this important European event. The feedback that I have received from many quarters is that you were a natural in the role and provided great leadership to the coaching staff and team in general."

Dennis Pursley (British Swimming Head Coach 2008-2012)...

"It is with great pleasure that I present this commendation to Coach Jon Rudd for his exemplary service to the British Swimming World Class Programme. In his role as a British Swimming National Squad coach responsible for preparing our national team swimmers for international competition, Coach Rudd has demonstrated a strong work ethic, exceptional organisational skills and a very professional approach to his assignments. Most importantly, he has proven to be a strong, team oriented leader. The British Swimming World Class Programme and its athletes have benefitted immensely from his contributions and we are grateful for his services."

Chris Monk (Values In Business - International Development for Leaders & Coaches)...

"While without question a highly experienced and very accomplished swimming coach, Jon Rudd has much, much more to offer besides technical 'know-how'. Through a variety of up-to-date techniques and approaches gleaned through exploring coaching practice inside and outside the swimming arena, Jon helps his athletes to become more self-confident, self-motivated and better able to manage themselves in the stressful high-level competition environment. He supports his athletes to go through the inevitable natural peaks and troughs in performance, and come out the other side more rounded performers than they were before. He manages his athletes by challenging them to be outstanding, demonstrating empathy, and providing them with reassurance and support when things get tough. Through his deep and ongoing commitment to developing and broadening his own coaching skills, Jon provides an inspiring role model for the most committed athlete."

Guin Batten (Head of Performance at the Youth Sport Trust)...

"What you have is unique; it is the best of the school, club, coach, parent, young person relationships. Like any innovation, it takes a few people to take the rsik and to have the faith. I have been very impressed and as a ntion we can learn more from our own backyard than we think."

Cassandra Patten (Swimming Bronze Medallist, Beijing Olympic Games 2008)...

"My six years as part of the Plymouth programme gave me the best possible foundation to go on and win my Olympic medal. I can fully recommend it for ambitious young swimmers."

Mark Foster (Eight-Time World Record Holder)...

"The Plymouth College & Plymouth Leander swimming programme is a great facility for up and coming talented youngsters. It was a programme like this which helped me achieve my dreams and it's so important that other children have this opportunity too."

Chris Martin (British Swimming National Development Coach 2008-2011)...

"I can identify with all of the great things that a school environment can bring to  a swimming team. I can see the careful care and attention that you and your staff bring to the hildren and I know what a great difference you have made to their lives. In my mind you have perhaps the best set up in the UK for developing such swimmers and I know of your desire to take your athletes through to the final step."