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 started coaching in 1998 at his local club before spending fourteen years at Nova Centurion (2000-2014) working with international swimmers at the highest level. This includes coaching senior swimmers to European and Commonwealth medals in 2010 and a British Record breaking performance in an Olympic final in 2008. He was assistant coach to World Record holder and four time Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington.
He has successfully coached at every level, this includes leading teams to record medal hauls at regional and national championships. Jamie has guided junior swimmers to many international achievements at Commonwealth, World and European championships, including medals at the European Juniors in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2019. His achievements have led him to represent Great Britain and England at multiple international meets and camps. He was a 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.
Since joining DX in 2015, Jamie has coached swimmers to multiple international honours and National records at age group and senior levels. In 2019 Jamie was selected as coach to the Great Britain Team for the European Junior Championships, won the Derby Telegraph Coach/manager of the year and supported the female British Swimming camp to Japan. He was also selected to the prestigious Coach 2024 development programme.
Jamie’s philosophy focuses on the values of commitment, respect and care. He believes in a person centred approach to preparation in order to achieve world class results. With the right coaching and support an athlete can truly take ownership for their sporting journey and fulfil their performance potential.
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.
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 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.
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)
Elite Squad Swimmer
Mia, or Slev to everyone at DX, came through the Derbyshire pathway from Etwall Eagles SC into the DX development squad at the age of nine. She moved through to compete at a National level by eleven and has been a part of the elite group since the age of thirteen. She represented Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival and won a silver medal at the European Junior Champs in 2019. She is a four time British Champion and a proud Team DX captain.
* Swim England Performance Squad
* Derby Telegraph Young Sportswoman of the year
* British Swimming Development Camp to Japan
* European Junior Championships Silver 4x200m Freestyle relay representing GBR
* 200m and 400m Freestyle British age group Champion
* 400m Freestyle Junior Silver, Swim England Winter Nationals
* Swim England National phase 2 Camp
* 200m Freestyle British age group Champion
* 200m Backstroke Junior Champion, Swim England Winter Nationals
* Swim England phase 3 selection for international meet, Marseille
* European Youth Olympic Festival finals in 200m Backstroke and multiple relays (a year young)
* Swim England National phase 2 camp