Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'Technique Matters' Project returns to Scottish National Age Group Championships

As one of the four centre lanes within the Scottish Swimming Performance Plan, 'Technical Excellence' has been identified as a key area of improvement for both swimmers and coaches. The 'Technique Matters at SNAGs' Project is one opportunity that Scottish Swimming believes can deliver against the Performance Plan objective, whilst contributing to the overall drive towards improving technical standards across the sport.

After the successful ‘proof of concept’ pilot at the 2016 Scottish National Age Group Championships, we will again be offering a technical analysis service at the 2017 SNAGs in Aberdeen. The delivery format will be similar to the 'Apple - Genius Bar' model whereby coaches and swimmers bring the footage to an 'expert' to discuss and develop specific solutions to 'technique matters'.

Many coaches (and parents) film races on Smartphones, iPads and cameras. An area for 'Technique Matters' consultations will be set up – coaches should bring their swimmers (or vice versa!) and footage on a suitable device, with a specific technical query from their race; including starts & turns.


• Improve awareness and acknowledge the importance of technique as part of the performance process.

• Create an environment where technical discussion is at the centre of performance improvement.

• Provide an opportunity to focus on specific areas of races that have been identified as being relatively weak across the sport.


The feedback area will be located in the Aquatics Studio behind the spectator gallery. Swimmers who wish to view their swim and receive feedback MUST provide the race footage and be accompanied by a coach (no coach no view!).

Wed 29th March: afternoon session with Steven Tigg and Ally Whike

• Thu 30th March: morning session with Steven Tigg and Ally Whike

• Fri 31st March: afternoon session with Andy Figgins and Alan Lynn

• Sat 1st April: morning session with Patrick Miley and Alan Lynn

• Sun 2nd April: afternoon session with Ian Wright and Alan Lynn

We look forward to seeing you at Aberdeen Aquatics Centre - see you there! 

Click here to print off the Technique Matters 'flyer'