Atkinson Becomes Director of the Youth Programme
Nov 2, 2000
On the day that Bill Sweetenham, the former Australian National Youth Coach, starts work as Britain's National Performance Director for Swimming it is announced that John Atkinson is to become the Director of the Youth Programme.
Atkinson originally from Chorley, Lancashire has lived in Perth, Australia, for the past six years where he was heavily involved in the national age group and youth programme co-ordinated by Sweetenham. The two will be involved in the development of the young and emerging talent in this country hopefully giving it a solid base on which to build for the future. Atkinson will report directly to Sweetenham who was eager to get him appointed as the Director of the Youth programme.
In Perth Atkinson had established one of the largest coaching programmes in Australia. He previously held the post of South Australia Sate Coaching Director. Lottery funding for the new World Class Potential and Start programmes for swimmers 13-19 has made the post of Director of the Youth Programme possible.