Derventio Excel is more than just a performance swimming club.

It is a close knit team who are all committed to striving for excellence and ensuring our team can be they best they can be.

We work with Derbyshire Home Clubs to identify those swimmers that have the attitude, capability and aptitude to excel in swimming to swim at a National level and above. Our programme is tailored to support swimmers through their journey from talented county swimmers, onto regional, then National stage and hopefully an international stage.

We have the proven track record of success and the added benefit of our unique partnership model with Home Clubs means that our swimmers get access to performance level coaching and facilities, whilst still maintaining their relationship with their Home Clubs.

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.

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.

Jacob Whittle

Elite Squad Swimmer

Jacob Whittle is a special talent. In 2019 he swam the fastest ever time recorded for a 14 year old in the world in the 100 metre freestyle at the British Champs.

He was selected as part of the British Swimming Podium Potential programme in 2019 and recently won the 2019 young sportsman of the year at the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.

Jacob is a multiple British Age Group record holder and Junior British record holder for various events. In 2019 he was selected to represent Great Britain at a number of international events.

  • Junior European Championships in Kazan, Russia – here he made the 100 freestyle final and was part of the 4 x 100m freestyle team that achieved a bronze medal
  • European Youth Olympics, Baku, Azerbaijan – here he achieved  5 medals (2 golds, 2 silver, 1 bronze) for a combination of individual and relay events
  • Junior International Meet, Ontario, Canada – here he achieved 2 bronze medals (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle)

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.


Next Event

Level 1 meet at Ponds Forge which is a National qualifying event. The meet includes finals. Download Meet Pack Here Entry File Here Note – Please enter 800m and 1500m events as MEN and WOMEN, all other events as BOYS and GIRLS.