Andy Osborne is GCSC’s Head Coach. He is an ASA Level 3 club coach and a Level 2 teacher. He has been an England talent coach since 2007 and is also an England schools’ divisional coach.
Andy joined us as performance coach in 2007; his development ideas and swimmers’ results led to him being appointed as Head Coach in 2011.
In 2007 he won the Nancy Ovens bursary award to develop the skills of coaches and leaders working with young people. In the same year, he won the British Swim Teachers and Coaches award for Grass Roots Coach of the Year.
In 2011 Andy was acknowledged as the ASA BSCA south west coach of the year for skill development and in 2013 he won the honour of Coach of the Year in Gloucestershire.
He is the coach to 25 National ASA and English Schools Swimming Association medallists as well as numerous district and county champions.
James Richards is our Assistant Head Coach, a Level 3 senior coach who also holds a Level 2 teaching aquatics qualification. He has a 1st class BSc Honours degree in applied sport and exercise. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree researching competition warm-ups.
He has been the Head Coach at Cirencester SC and also an England talent coach on the Level 1 programme.
James has coached at GCSC since 2010 and has been a swimming teacher at GL1 since 2011.
Daisy is currently a Level 2 swim teacher, also working at GL1. She is planning to undertake her coaching qualification once her studies have been completed. She has coached alongside Ed Sinclair on the Maximum performances swim camps.
Daisy has a 1st class BSc Honours in Sport and Exercise Science, with her dissertation being published. She moved to Gloucester in September 2014 to study an MSc in Sports Therapy.
Daisy was a competitive swimmer previously reaching counties, regionals and nationals.She is also a qualified starter and was part of the ASA Youth Forum 2012-2014. She volunteered at the London 2012 Paralympics Games and also the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Josh Pattison is the Lead Coach for disability swimming at GCSC and the Lead Coach for the south west disability swim squad. He is a Level 2 coach and teacher and is currently working towards the Level 3 qualification.
He began coaching at Marlborough Penguins in 2006 and then joined GCSC in 2008 where he worked with the SSK squads.
In 2009 he helped form the SW Disability squad and set up the GCSC disability squad in 2010. In 2010 he was awarded ASA South West Young Coach of the Year.
Tom joined GCSC aged 8 years and went on to compete as a finalist at county, regional and zonal level. He was also club captain for 2 years.
Currently, Tom is a swim teacher at both GL1 and Beaufort Sports Centre.
Carolyn Bisset is an ASA Level 2 teacher of aquatics as well as a Level 1 coach.
She coached with Carnegie Swimming Club before moving to Gloucester where she has coached for 3 years. Carolyn swam competitively and represented Scotland at international schools level in 100m breaststroke.
Carolyn is a Masters swimmer and competed in a Masters Club Championships just 2 weeks before her second son was born! Both her sons swim with GCSC.
Ian Darlow is a Level 1 coach and a Level 2 swim teacher. He is a team manager at GCSC where his children swim. Ian supports the coaching of swim skills squads.
He has also been a swimmer with Gloucester Masters over the last 14 years. His other hobbies are cycling and running.
Emily Starkey is a Level 1 swimming coach. She used to swim competitively at Hatfield SC and two of her children train with GCSC. Emily is a qualified J1 and she coaches within the Swim Skills section of the club.
She started coaching with Awali Swimming Club in 1992 and continued coaching in the Middle East until she moved to Gloucester where she has coached for 2 years.
Gloucester City’s coaching team is very ably assisted by some of its young people (all dedicated swimmers themselves) who give up their time to work alongside the coaches and develop their own experience of coaching. Their contribution is significant and greatly appreciated.