We are thrilled to introduce our new Head Coach, Craig Oliver, who has stepped into a pivotal role at the City of Oxford Swimming Club (COSC). Craig's journey in the world of swimming has been a remarkable one, filled with dedication, expertise, and a deep-seated love for the sport. As we embark on this exciting chapter, let's discover Craig's vision for our club.
Craig's journey as a member of the swimming community began in 2001 when he joined the ONB (Oxfordshire and North Buckinghamshire) swimming ranks. Those early years were not just about learning to swim; they were about forging lifelong connections and unforgettable experiences. Weekends were spent alongside fellow swimmers from Oxfordshire, including COSC swimmers. Together, they participated in a wide range of events, from intercounties to open meets and Championships. Little did Craig know that these shared moments would lay the foundation for his future in coaching.
Over the years, Craig's swimming prowess transformed into a passion for coaching. As his coaching career advanced, he seized the opportunity to lead the ONB team as Head Coach during camps and competitions. This experience allowed him to guide swimmers from various teams within the organization, honing his leadership skills and deepening his understanding of the sport. It was during these formative years that he developed his belief that a club is not just a team but a tight-knit family united by a shared love for the water and a collective pursuit of athletic excellence.
One of Craig's core values as a coach is creating an environment that prioritizes inclusivity, support, and growth. At COSC, he is committed to ensuring that every member can thrive both as athletes and individuals. This commitment extends to nurturing a culture that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, and unwavering dedication to the craft of swimming. Craig firmly believes that success in the pool is not just about individual achievement but also about the collective strength of the team.
As your new Head Coach, Craig brings a vision of propelling COSC to new heights of achievement. Setting ambitious goals, both individually and as a team, is at the heart of this vision. Craig understands that it's through pushing boundaries and striving for excellence that true growth occurs. Under his guidance, COSC is poised to reach new milestones and make a lasting impact on the swimming community.
Craig Oliver recognizes that swimming is not solely about competition. It is a lifelong journey that instills valuable life skills such as discipline, resilience, and character. Swimming transcends the boundaries of age and offers opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery. It is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind, teaching swimmers to persevere through adversity and celebrate their achievements, no matter how big or small.
Craig's credentials as a coach are nothing short of impressive. He holds ASA Level 1 & 2 Certificates for Teaching Swimming, ASA – UKCC Level 3 Coaching Swimming, Sports Coach UK Good Practice and Child Protection, First Aid in Sport Certificate, and Safeguarding & Protecting Children certifications. Moreover, his extensive coaching background, including his role as the former Berks & South Bucks and Oxon & North Bucks Chief Coach, highlights his deep commitment to the sport and its development. Craig has also been a part of prestigious programs such as the England Programmes Phase 1 & 2 Coach and the UK Coaching Focus Program, further enriching his coaching expertise.
With Craig at the helm as our new Head Coach, COSC is poised for an exciting journey ahead. His dedication to fostering an inclusive, supportive, and growth-oriented environment, coupled with his extensive coaching experience and qualifications, positions our club for success. Together, we will set ambitious goals, push our boundaries, and create lasting memories as we continue to build on the rich legacy of the City of Oxford Swimming Club.