Rhondda Swimming Club confirms new coach

28 January 2014

Rhondda Swimming Club has appointed a new head coach to take the club forward. Craig Napper, 38, has been given the task of leading the club’s swimming training and skills development.

Mr Napper, who lives in Porth, is a qualified UKCC level 2 teacher and has almost completed his level 3 coaching qualification. He is a level 2 coach in British triathlon and also coaches the Rhondda junior triathlon club. He is a keen athlete himself, swimming regularly in triathlon and ironman events. He joins Rhondda Swimming Club from Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club.

Rhondda Swimming Club is entering a new phase of steady growth following a period of review of its structure and operations. Since September it has attracted around 30 new members at levels throughout the club.

Club Chairman Andrew Draper says: “We’re delighted to have a new head coach who is so well qualified and experienced to help lead our growth and development. Craig is already demonstrating some very positive ideas and vision. I’m confident we will go from strength to strength from here on.”

Mr Napper says: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of good, hard work in training and success in upcoming competitions.”

He replaces Cliff Bridge, who has stepped down from the club after many years of dedicated service.

Rhondda Swimming Club trains throughout the week at Ystrad and Maerdy and monthly at Cardiff International Pool. It is the resident swimming club at Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad. Its swimmers compete with success throughout the SE Wales region. New members are very welcome on our journey onwards and upwards. www.rhondda-swimming-club.org.uk

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Twm Draper says:

Craig has been great he has really changed the atmosphere of the club as well as improved our swimming already!

Morgan Withey says:

Craig has improved our club so much! As well as our coach he is our friend, he is there to talk whenever we need him. He seems very commited to our club, creating the best out of all our swimmers!!