John Stout

Aquatic Development Manager & Salford Head Coach. Group: P1

“I started swimming from a very early age after it was recommended due to temporary paralysis caused by an allergic reaction to a vaccine. My swimming career took me from Atherton SC to Tyldesley SC and then an 8 year membership of Wigan Wasps who were unrivalled as the best club in that particular era when 5 members went to the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and then 8 to the LA Olympics 1984. I was involved in other sports up to the age of 12 and had county trials for Rugby League and was a Brown Belt at Karate which I had to give up due to persistent knee problems and the need to focus on swimming which was becoming my obvious talent.

As a swimmer, I was National Champion for my age several times for the 200m Butterfly and also made finals in the 400m Freestyle, 400m IM and 100m Butterfly. I retired at 17 which still remains a regret as those who used to finsh behind me at nationals went on to gain Olympic selection. I represented the England Youth Team from 1985 – 1986 and also captained Lancashire in 1986.

After finishing swimming, I took my teaching qualifications and started working as a teacher/lifeguard at Wigan facilities and a private shcool in Bolton. I also worked on School Holiday and Ativity programmes coaching other sports whilst also coaching for Keith Bewley back at the Wasps. I continued this pattern whilst doing a degree in Leisure Management in Sheffield. Jobs were scarce after graduation so my best bet for a job was something I was expereienced in and qualified to do. I moved away form home to Cardiff SC and City Council, starting a full time Swimming Development and Coaching role as assistant to Dave Haller. In this time, I coached 14 National Medallists, 4 National Champions, 4 GB Junior Swimmers and developed the early career of Olympic Medallist David Davies up to 15 years.

After 9 years and many happy memories in Cardiff, I moved to Bristol as Head Coach and had a very successful spell coaching Chris Cozens and Karen Lee who became European Junior Medallists and Senior National Champions. I have been fortunate to work with the 2 most exceptional coaches in British Swimming history who have both coached Olympic Medallists and this has been invaluable expoerience in developing my own coaching philosophy.

Times have changed in modern swimming and my focus is very much on nurturing and developing home-grown swimmers. As a coach, there is no better achievement than having the local swimmer in armbands go all the way to the top. Working in Salford’s 25m pools is a superior coaching environment for developing starts, turns, technique, speed and these are at the forefront of my development philosophy. Other important considerations are to avoiud early burnout and be mindful of invididual biological development – many great swimmers arrive post 18 years. It is also imporatant to realise that Britain’s Swimming World Record Holders [Liam Tancock, Jo Jackson & Rebecca Adlington] all trained in 25m pools up to the age of 18 and Rebecca still does.

Many UK programmes rely on getting their swimmers fitter than the opposition with high training volumes and philosophies that centre upon ‘the cream rising to the top’. Salford is about developing athletes for the long term and doing things differently to suit different individuals. We try to programme training around ‘family, education and friends time’ over 5 days rather than 6, whichis again unique to Salford and I believe serves to add longevity to the careers of our swimmers.

The message to my staff is to develop technique, speed, kick, starts, turns and then add endurance/ With strong land conditioning programmes to develop athleticism and promoting great attitude, commitment and application – this is how we produce champions in Salford and prepare them for their future with important life skills developed within the programme.

Salford is a special place for swimmers and 17 Internationals since my arrival in 2001, along with a great history of success back to our inception in 1977 bare testimony to what an outstanding training programme and legacy we have.”


Adam Naylor

Assistant Swimming Development Officer. Group: P2

I started swimming for Salford at the late age of 12 having previously swum for Swinton ASC from an early age. I swam for Salford for 9 years during this time I picked up numerous medals at County and Regional Level. I competed in National Finals and swam at Senior Nationals finishing Top 20 in Britain. I also captained the Division 7 ESSA Team in 2002 and was a part of Eccles College’s Boys swimming team that won the English Schools Senior Boys Medley Relay title at Crystal Palace in 2002.

Coming into the programme at a late age and never being the fastest in my age group without the help of Aggie Calderbank, Bob Symmonds, Peter McGowan and John Stout I wouldn’t have had the relative successes throughout my swimming career without them. Working hard in Salford’s programme enabled me to reach my full potential under the guidance and support of this coaching team.

Whilst I continued to train and compete between the ages of 16-20 I gained my Lifeguard and Teaching Qualifications which allowed me to work as a teacher and lifeguard within Salford. This period is where my learning & development as a coach started by working with the SS1 & SS2 groups gaining invaluable experience alongside experienced members of staff. Also during this time I studied and gained a degree in Sport & Leisure Management.

After I called time on my swimming career in 2006 I started working full time for Salford Community Leisure holding positions of Leisure Attendant and Duty Manager. My next challenge after finishing my competitive swimming career was in 2008 when I entered Ironman Switzerland – an ultra endurance triathlon (2.4 mile Swim/ 112 mile Bike/ 26.2 mile Run) finishing in a time of 12hrs 9mins. I went on to compete in my second Ironman in 2009 in Bolton. Both of these events are up there with the hardest things that I have ever done.

I am currently the Assistant Swimming Development Officer since January 2010, having the pleasure of coaching the Performance 2 group with swimmers aspiring to and competing at County, Regional and National Level. In this short period of time I have coached 6 National Qualifiers, 3 National Finalists, 2 National Medallists and 1 National Champion. I was also selected as a coach on the ASA England Talent Level 1 Programme.


Danielle Naylor

Swimming Coach for groups P3 & TI 1

I started to swim at the very young age of 6 months. I was first introduced to the water at a mothers and babies session at Broughton pool, moving on from there I started to have lessons in Salford where I first swam 200 metres at the age of 3. I continued with my lessons and swimming for local club Swinton ASC which resulted in a trial for City of Salford swimming club at the age of 6. It was then I joined the competitive scheme alongside my brothers Adam & Jordan Naylor.  I swam in the scheme for 12 years.

As a younger swimmer I was never the best, strongest or most successful which at times was frustrating but with the help and guidance of great coaches (Joyce Turner, Lynn Close, Aggie Calderbank, Bob Symmonds, Pete McGowan and John Stout) and sheer determination and hard work I progressed through the scheme to reach my goals and beyond. I managed to pick up a number of Regional and County medals and titles. For 4 years I qualified for Nationals in 8 different events and competed in a number of National finals as well as open water events. In 2007 I was selected for the England Talent AASE programme.  I swam for the Division 7 ESSA team, where from there I was selected to swim for England. In 2009 I was also selected to represent Great Britain in an Open Water series event in France. At the age of 18 I decided to spread my wings and move to America for 4 years as I had been offered a 100% scholarship to swim at Old Dominion University a Division 1 team in Virginia, USA. Although I moved to America to swim and attend University, I always returned to Salford to train and work with younger swimmers whenever I was home. I produced top times for my University and placed top 8 in my events, I also captained my American team for 2 years (my Junior & Senior year) which was a great honour.

In 2013 I finished off my competitive swimming career spanning 16 years. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration of teaching and moved back home to Salford. Since then I have been working in local Salford Primary Schools delivering curriculum PE to ages 5-11. As well as teaching PE, I now also coach groups P3 & TI1 in the hope to pass on my knowledge and experiences to create a new generation of successful, determined, hard working, passionate swimmers within Salford.

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Rowan Jarvis

 Swimming Coach for groups TI 2 & SS1

Upcoming Events

COSSC & BMSS Summer Meet
21 May
COSSC & BMSS Summer Meet
  Start:  May 21, 2022  -  End:  May 22, 2022
   Venue:  Broughton Leisure Centre , Great Cheetham St W , Salford , United Kingdom
City of Salford and our good friends Bolton Metro Swim Squad would like to invite swimmers to attend our joint Summer Meet on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2022 which will be hosted at Broughton Leisure Centre, Great Cheetham St West, Salford, M7 2DN   The Meet is a Level 3 meet, run with upper entry

About Us


COSSC are a nationally recognised performance club based in Salford. We nurture young talent from post Learn to Swim to the National and International podium. In conjunction with Salford Community Leisure’s Competitive Training Scheme, we offer every swimmer the chance to maximise their potential in the pool.

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Broughton Leisure Centre
Great Cheetham St West
M7 2DN
United Kingdom

Upcoming Events

City of Salford and our good friends Bolton Metro Swim Squad would like to invite swimmers to attend our joint Summer Meet on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2022 which will be hosted at Broughton Leisure Centre, Great Cheetham St West, Salford, M7 2DN   The Meet is a Level 3 meet, run with upper entry
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