Coaches

We are very lucky to have several fabulous coaches and assistant coaches. They have all spent many years swimming before progressing onto coaching and have a desire to pass on their love of the sport to the next generation of young swimmers.

Each squad has two coaches, who get to know the swimmers in their groups very well so they can give them the best possible guidance to achieve their potential.

Erwin Dorland

Erwin is our Coaching Coordinator, overseeing the coaching team, providing advice and support to all the coaches and cover where necessary.  As well as his previous coaching experience, Erwin is a qualified Swimming Technical Official at J2 level and is keen on teaching correct stroke technique.  He currently holds a Swim England Level 1 Coaching award and is part way through a Level 2 course.

Callum McHenery

Callum is primarily the Lead Coach for our two Performance squads
. He has many years swimming experience and clearly has a passion for the sport, which he is keen to pass on to the swimmers he coaches. Callum has recently graduated from Bristol University where he swam for their Performance Squad. He also coached at the Bristol University Swimming Club. 

Callum is particularly passionate about the importance of land training and strength and conditioning training for swimming. To this end he set up and ran a Strength and Conditioning Club at Bristol University. He holds the Swim England Level 1 Coaching award and is also RLSS Lifeguard trained.

Zak Moorcroft

Zak is primarily the Lead Coach for our Competitive Squad but also helps coach Development Squad. A talented swimmer himself, winning medals at County level and swimming in several Regional Championships, he is enthusiastic about passing on his love of the sport to the kids he coaches. Zak holds the Swim England Level 1 Coaching award and is also RLSS Lifeguard trained.

Emma Pears-Dorland

Emma coaches Competitive Squad as well as being one of our Swim Academy teachers. A former competitive swimmer at county level, Emma has now decided to move into coaching and teaching. She has a Swim England Level 2 Teaching qualification and is a Level 1 Coach, as well as having recently completed a lifesaving award.

Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth is the Lead Coach of Development Squad and one of our Swim Academy teachers.  Elizabeth says "As a previous swimmer with Team Jorvik, I used to regularly compete in swimming galas with the club, and at weekends I also volunteered as an assistant at the Academy. When I was seeking employment the natural course was for me to find something that I enjoyed so I took on the challenge of becoming a swimming teacher. I hold a Level 2 STA Teaching Award Qualification."

Jess Buckton

Jess is a recent addition to the regular coaching team, having recently decided to step back from competitive swimming, where she swam at County level.  She is the assistant coach for the Performance Squads.  Jess is a Level 1 qualified coach and holds the RLSS Lifeguard qualification. 

Megan Shentall

Megan is one of our Swim Academy teachers and is the Lead Coach for Viking Squad.  An experienced swim teacher at her previous club, Megan is now at University in York and keen to continue doing what she loves.  She holds the STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming.

Ben Pateman

Ben is one of our Performance swimmers, regularly competing at County and Regional level.  With experience of coaching the younger swimmers at his previous club, he currently helps to coach Viking Squad.  Ben is a qualified lifeguard.

David Maxwell

Our former Head Coach, David is continuing his involvement with the Club by providing mentoring and development for our younger coaches, many of whom he coached and started on their journey into teaching and coaching.  David is a Swim England Level 2 qualified coach and Level 2 Swimming Teacher, with a wealth of experience in both coaching and swimming.  A former international swimmer himself, David coached four of our Performance Squad to the Summer Nationals in the last two years.  His passion for the sport is second to none and he firmly believes that swimming is for life.

Helen Phillips

Helen has had various roles within Team Jorvik, to fit as best she can around her job as a Primary School teacher. She is currently helping us strengthen the team by mentoring the junior coaches and also covers for coaches when needed. She holds a Level 2 qualification as a swimming teacher and is a Level 1 qualified coach.

Helen says: "I have been a swimming coach for 9 years. I started as a competitive swimmer at the age of 7 and competed at Regional level and continue to compete a little today. I began coaching as a volunteer for my swimming club, working with junior and age group swimmers. From here I got the coaching bug and branched out into teaching as well. I moved to York for university and was introduced to Team Jorvik. I began by teaching at the Academy and then was asked to do some coaching. I have now been with Team Jorvik for 5 years and I love working with the amazing swimmers and great committee. The children at the club inspire me with their dedication, commitment and passion for the sport."

Gerry Gittins

Gerry has primarily coached the Viking and Development squads in the past - he now covers on an occasional basis. He is amazingly knowledgeable about all things swimming related and is great at passing on his enthusiasm for the sport to the younger children. Gerry is particularly focused on teaching good technique, knowing that this is essential groundwork for future competitive swimming stars.







Management Committee


Team Jorvik is run by volunteers, who take on different responsibilities. We always welcome extra help - we have smaller ad hoc tasks as well as bigger roles so all skills, and expertise in any area, can be useful!

The current Volunteer Team are:

Chair/Swim England Coordinator: Allyson Buckton
Secretary: Elaine Pears
Treasurer: Claire Rowson
Membership: Deb Bettles
Gala Manager/Website: Karin Fothergill
Team Manager/Vice-Chair: Fiona Reilly
Welfare Officer: Andy Grant (position vacant)
Health & Safety: Steve Fenwick
Staff Coordinator: Claire Rowson (position vacant)
Bookings Coordinator: Fiona Reilly (position vacant)
Academy Secretary: Adelle Blake
Fundraising Lead: Elaine Barraclough

Contact us by speaking to any of us when you see us, or email: management@teamjorvik.co.uk