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Director of Swimming - Simon Ferrarelli



Simon learnt to swim with Retford Swimming Club and progressed to swim for Nova Centurion from 1993 – 1999. During this time he was captain of Retford Swimming Club, and taught swimming as a volunteer at the club from the age of 13.



Simon started coaching in September 1999 for Nova Centurion as assistant coach to the Bassetlaw Development and B-Squad. In September 2000 he was appointed coach to the Development and B-squad.  During a year out in 2001 after his A-levels he completed his ASA Club Coach Level 3 Certificate.


From 2002 to 2005 he attended Lincoln University to study Sports Development and Coaching while keeping his post at Nova Centurion. Simon moved to a full time position at Derventio eXcel in March 2005 where he assisted the Head Coach on a day to day basis and started his own group by June 2005. During his time at Derventio he coached a number of national medallists and was involved in the development of over 16 international swimmers.


In 2006, Simon completed his ASA Coach Level 4 qualification.


In 2008 Simon moved to help set up the ASA English Beacon Training Centre at the commonwealth pool in Manchester which is the only facility in the country with two 50m pools. During 2010 the Manchester programme, results included 3 Commonwealth medals in Delhi, 5 British Record Swims and 12 individual national gold medallists.


In 2011 Simon left full time coaching to take up a position in Private Leisure Management to spend more time at home which gave him the opportunity to return to his home club of Retford Swimming Club as Coaching Consultant.


Coaching Achievements and Representation:-

  • ASA England Age Talent Programme 2010- 2011 - Head Coach

  • British Swimming Female Target Squad 2008 - Group Coach

  • British Swimming World Class Programmes 2004/05 - Coach to Skill Camps

  • ASA England Age Talent Programme 2008/09 - Head Coach

  • ASA England Youth Talent Programme 2007/08 - Group Coach

  • ASA Midland District Age Group Development Camp 2007 - Group Coach

  • Ireland 2012 Development Team - Group Coach 2006

  • ASA Midland District Age Group Development Programme 2005 - Group Coach

  • ASA Midland District Youth Programme 2004 - Group Coach


Simon is now qualified to ASA Level 4. Simon leads a team of coaches at the club which comprises three ASA Level 3 and five ASA Level 2 qualified coaches. Click here for for details of our other coaches.