The Australian sports education and consultancy company will assist the federation to improve the coaching standards in India.

In a bid to help swimmers and coaches reach their fullest potential in their journey to achieve the best results at the International level, the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has entered into a strategic partnership with Moregold Sports.

The president of the Swimming Federation of India R N Jayaprakash and Secretary-General Monal Chokshi announced that the federation has joined the partnership for the purpose of developing a world-class Swim Coach Education, Development and Certification Pathway for India.

R N Jayaprakash said, “SFI: CEDCP will be the cornerstone in revolutionizing how competitive swim coaching is delivered in India. This is one of the key elements in the road map SFI has charted for the development of competitive swimming in India.”

Moregold Sports’ advisory team will be the ‘Knowledge and implementation partner’ for SFI to create and deliver a pathway for swim coach development at par with the leading programs globally. “We are delighted to be working with SFI and with the swimming coaching community in India. We see this partnership as an outstanding initiative providing a world-class coach education, development and training opportunity for Indian swimming coaches,” added Wayne Goldsmith, Managing Director, Moregold Sports.

He said, “Good coaching and great coaches change lives. Coaches do much more than just teach kids how to swim a few laps of a swimming pool. They can inspire the hearts and minds of young athletes to believe that anything is possible and that they can achieve remarkable things.

“The program we will be delivering for SFI includes all the topics and themes one might expect from a swimming coach education program including how to coach swimming skills, how to improve swimming technique, how to enhance swimming speed, how to apply sports science to the coaching of swimmers etc. we’re also committed to a holistic approach where Indian swimming coaches will learn how to connect, engage and most importantly inspire swimmers.”

The virtual press conference held on Tuesday also highlighted other key elements in the Swimming Federation of India’s strategic roadmap which includes creating a national database of swimmers, coaches and academies. A systematic talent scouting structure and protocols, review of competition structure and national pool and athlete development pathway are also some of the key features of the strategic roadmap developed by SFI.

Monal Chokshi remarked, “We are trying to build a strong foundation for the future, focusing on identifying talent at a very young age. The partnership will help implement a long-term athlete development plan from junior to the elite level.”

“We currently have four swimmers in the top 100 World U18 rankings, this shows we have no dearth of talent but we need to provide the right support and exposure to the existing talent while we go about adding to the list,” he concluded.