- New Head Coach Appointed 21/06/2018
- Fly & Turtles Club Champ Results 2018 Boys 13/06/2018
- Fly & Turtles Club Champ Results 2018 Girls 13/06/2018
- Dolphins Boys Results 2018 Club Champs 13/06/2018
- Dolphin Girls Results 2018 Club Champs 13/06/2018
- Club Championships Press report 13/06/2018
- Club Championship Results & pictures 2018 13/06/2018
- Program Club Championships 2018 08/06/2018
- Partial closure Grove Road 23/05/2018
- Jane’s 30 years of teaching 16/05/2018
Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club are proud to announce the appointment of Matt Boyd Wallace as Head Coach.
An International swimmer and experienced head Coach, the appointment of Wallace sees him return to the pool where he learnt to swim and had his first experience of competition swimming, Shirley Pool.
” It was in the day’s of Frank Perry and I remember the local galas and racing on the Isle of Wight, thats what hooked me to swimming. Its great to be able to return and repay some of that magic that got me started”
Matts appointment will rekindle the partnership with Paul Dollery that was so successful on poolside in recent years as age group coaches at Winchester City Penguins. Paul has been working alongside acting head coach Clodagh Dear and will continue to coach with Matt.
Dolphins have also appointed Hugo Marreiros to assist technical coaching and land training, along with AJ Harnett and Rob Young. Clodagh has agreed to take the position of Assistant to Head Coach and will start to learn from his experience when they both attend to support Issy Turner at the Summer Nationals.
Matt’s first shift will be on Wednesday July 4th, 5.30am -7.30am. He will attend the end of season meets and will spend the last week of the season in July meeting the swimmers, coaches and parents. Matt will formulate a program for 2019/20 and beyond with a focus on technical sets and stroke development.
When the pool reopens on September 1st, after the summer shutdown, Matt will be fully committed to leading the Southampton Dolphins.
Although he works as a full time school teacher, Matt is keen to take on the Wednesday and Saturday sessions, work with Paul on a Friday 6pm – 8pm and lead the Monday, Tuesday or Thursday sessions. He will target County, Regional and National events and use specific Open meets as mini targets.
The development galas on Saturday afternoons will continue to be an important part of the program. The coaches will divide duties for other selected Open Meets.
Matt also plans to build a team of on deck assistants from suitably qualified parents.
They are back! Our friendly resurfacing team are working on the finishing touches to Grove Road, so this morning the Foundry Lane entrance is closed so you have to enter from Shirley Road or Firgrove. This afternoon they will switch and the Shirley Rd section down to Kentish will be closed but Foundry Lane end will be open. So, either way, you WILL be able to drive to the pool, just allow a little extra time in case you have to go around the block.
Jane has been teaching at Shirley Pool for 30 years. This Friday (May 18th 6.30pm) we are saying thank you to her with bubbles and burgers on the Big Red Bus.
She has taught thousands of toddlers over the years and still enjoys her teaching a couple of days a week. If you are around please come and say hello or send her your best wishes.