Jamie Main

Head Coach

Coming from the highly successful Nottinghamshire Nova programme, Jamie has 15 years experience coaching international swimmers to the highest level. This includes coaching a swimmer to European and Commonwealth medals in 2010 and an Olympic final in 2008. He was also assistant coach to World Record holder and four time Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington.


He has successfully coached swimmers at every age group level to record medal hauls at regional and national championships to medals at the European Junior Championships in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. His achievements have led him to representing Great Britain and England at multiple international meets and camps. He was coach on the 2012 Aspiring World Performers Olympic Camp leading up to the London games and a British Swimming National event sprint coach in 2013.


His philosophy focusses on an athlete centred, integrated approach to preparation in order to achieve world class results. He believes that with the right coaching an athlete can truly take responsibility for their sporting journey and fulfil their performance potential.

Jack Chambers

Assistant Head Coach

Having began coaching as an assistant at club level Jack’s potential was easy to see. He was quickly moved into an Head Coach position and began to develop International and National Youth and Age Group Medalists. He has spent time in Australia swimming, coaching and developing with the East Coast clubs.


Domestically he has represented England and the Region on International Meets and camps. He has an invaluable background in education and training, he is an experienced Personal Trainer and current Sport Science Lecturer.


His philosophy is based around the athletes, he empowers and guides them to understand their journey and accept the responsibility they have in fulfilling their potential.

Kyle Hudson

Regional Squad Coach

Having coached at DX since 2015, starting as an assistant, Kyle was promoted to lead the Regional Squad in the summer of 2016.


Originally from Ilkeston SC, Kyle began working as an assistant to the development groups over several years, continuing his progression to assistant coach to the top squad. During this time he helped develop several swimmers to county/regional success and onto the DX squad. In 2015 Kyle led Derby University’s first ever swim team to national championship events.


Since 2016 he has been selected to Coach as part of the Swim England Camps at both county and regional levels. His other achievements include coaching swimmers to National open water in 2017 and a number of regional age group finalists and medallists.

He is currently studying on the senior coaching course and has a level 3 extended diploma in sports coaching.


Kyle’s philosophy is built around an athlete centred journey, developing the persons physical skill and mental ability for long term success. This includes promoting qualities such as respect, honesty and hard work.


Carla Bickerstaffe

North Squad Coach

Carla has over 10 years experience in coaching at a variety of clubs, beginning as an assistant coach and rising through the ranks to Assistant Head Coach. Carla has successfully coached swimmers to County, Regional and National level and also taken those swimmers on training camps both within the UK and abroad to enhance both their personal and professional development. She has also coached for many years within Disability Swimming with a variety of classifications and abilities of swimmers, providing an accessible and successful Disability squad whilst in her last role with Chesterfield.


Carla holds a degree from the University of Derby in Holistic Sports Therapy with Strength and Conditioning and is a qualified Sports Therapist which enables her to provide swimmers with help and knowledge regarding injury rehabilitation and management.


Carla’s philosophy is built around developing the athlete; promoting transferrable skills such as time management, honesty and organisation, which can be used throughout their lives both in and out the pool. In the pool a strong foundation of skills underpins everything the athlete does whilst enjoying the journey they are on.

Keith Kelly

Assistant Coach

Keith has been coaching for many years within the county. He started at Trident where he assisted the head coaches in moving the club forward to become a force, not only within the local area but regionally – and then nationally as the programme developed.


His input with the squad members was instrumental in the success of a generation of swimmers from Long Eaton who moved on to National honours. He was part of the coaching team at Long Eaton SC that formed from the merger of Trident & Treonte Swimming clubs in the town.


He then moved in early 2007 to Derventio and has had similar impact whilst coaching at the Derby based squad.


His vision along with his work ethic has helped to empower swimmers within the team to keep making forward strides. Keith has now worked with a total of six swimmers who have made British Swimming Programmes and teams in recent years.


About Us


Derventio eXcel is the elite swimming squad for Derbyshire, providing the apex of a performance pathway for Derbyshire swimmers and clubs.

Contact Info


A full list of Committee Members and Club Helpers can be found on the Committee page along with links for getting in contact.

Email:     info@derventioexcel.org.uk

Next Event

Download JGP 1 Results Here   Derventio Excel are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 Junior Grand Prix series, run by Derventio Excel on behalf of Derbyshire ASA. The aim of the three gala series is to introduce as many young swimmers in the county as possible to competitive swimming,