We are fortunate to have a great coaching team; our Head Coach, Graham Bassi joined RTW Monson in 2017. Graham is supported by Karen Bradbury, Della Clout, Katie Bowman and Darren Edwards. We are also lucky to have an experienced Learn to Swim roster of teachers as well as volunteer coaches and poolside helpers.
Graham has been involved in swimming for just under fifty years as a swimmer, teacher, coach and recently in management and consultancy.
He is known for taking a small club to become one of the leading developmental programmes in the country, where he had a reputation for statistical analysis and planning, which has always been an important part of his coaching. He is committed to achieving high skills in athletes and raising their commitment to the highest level of work that they can achieve.
His first full time coaching position was at Lincoln Vulcans who produced ten swimmers that represented their country, over twenty national champions and broke numerous national records.
Graham says, 'During this time, it was a privilege for me to coach with national teams at European and World levels. I was part of the Sweetenham/Atkinson select coach project that changed the culture of coaching in the UK in early 2000. The one thing that stuck with me from this project was the quote "donít ever be happy with putting swimmers on the team, itís always about winning medals". That saying sums up my philosophy.'
At his next club, Bournemouth he had further success at European Youth Olympic level before moving to the British Intensive Training Centre at Swansea. He then moved into a development and mentorship role with British Swimming. 'This role allowed me to use my skills delivering a programme that recommended funding and closely working with podium potential athletes and their coaches. Our highest ranked swimmers included James Guy and Adam Peaty.'
'I believe I have one of the highest achievement level in Age and Youth swimming in Britain not only producing swimmers at junior level but preparing them to compete and achieve on the international stage. My philosophy is to produce the best skilled, aerobically developed athletes that have the mental skills and attitude to progress to their individual full potential. RTW Monson is my final challenge and I look to replicate achievements from the past and to place RTW Monson firmly on the swimming map.'
To contact Graham directly please email: Contact Graham here
Karen is an experienced ASA Level 2 coach and teacher with over 16 years experience teaching and coaching a vast range of abilities. Karen is also the coach at Holmewood House Prep School.
Karen swam for Monson's Top Squad in her youth for about 7 years so is very pleased supporting her old club in a coaching capacity.
To contact Karen directly please email: Contact Karen Here
Della is a Level 2 coach and experienced swimming teacher who joined the coaching team in 2014, initially as a volunteer when her eldest child started swimming at Monson. Having led the Swim School and coached the Rookies squad, Della is now in charge of our Development Squad.
To contact Della directly please email: Contact Della Here
Katie is a former member of RTW Monson and Monson Masters and has recently joined the coaching team to help coach the Learn to Swim section of the club.
To contact Katie directly please email: Contact Katie Here
Darren is an ex Monson swimmer both at age group and masters level, and has competed at national and European level for RTW masters.
He first got involved in swim coaching at lacacs, which was the Olympic legacy program set up and funded by swim England at the Olympic pool in Stratford.
Darren is a level 2 qualified swim coach who was fortunate during his training process to help in the preparation work for some Commonwealth swimmers at Mountbatten Portsmouth and work alongside GB coaches and swimmers at his previous club lacacs.
During his youth became involved in mixed martial arts becoming a black belt in jeet kune do, blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and going on to compete in professional mixed martial arts fighting, during this process he learnt a lot about diet, strength and conditioning, building aerobic capacity, hard work and what is takes to reach the top of your desired field. Darren now looks after our Senior Squad at RTW Monson.
To contact Darren directly please email: Contact Darren Here
Jazz started swimming competitively at the age of 10 with RTW Monson and during that time she has volunteered within the Swim School and also during coaching sessions.
Now, she has been coaching with the club for over a year predominantly with the Junior squad. Having obtained her ASA Level 2 swimming teaching award she has also taught in the Learn to Swim programme within the club on both Monday and Friday evenings. After swimming in Monson's top squad for over 4 years, Jazz now swims for RTW Masters swimming club and achieved a top 10 finish in the 200m freestyle at Masters National Championships last year.