Staff Biographies

Sarah Ruckwood (nee Price)sarah ruckwoodIMG_0667 (2)
Head Swimming Teacher

  • Former World Record Holder
  • 2 Olympic Games – 2000 and 2004
  • 5 World Championships – Multiple Finalist
  • 2 Commonwealth Games – 2 x Gold, 4 x Bronze
  • 10 European Championships – 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 4 x Bronze, and multiple finalist
  • 35 British Records
  • 9 Commonwealth Records
  • 2 European Records
  • 1 World Record

Sarah began her swimming career in the Learn To Swim section at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Sarah represented her Swimming Clubs, County and Southern Associations between 1991 – 2005.  Sarah also represented Great Britain and England across many international meets in the Backstroke and Freestyle events from 1994 – 2005 including Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championship, and Commonwealth Games.  Sarah competed at two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004).

Sarah set her first British record in 1997 in the 50m backstroke when she was 17 years of age.  Sarah then went on to break 35 British Records, 9 Commonwealth Records, 2 European Records and 1 World Record.  Over the years she won 13 international major game medals – 2 Gold and 4 Bronze medals at Commonwealth Games (1998, 2002) 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals and European Championships (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004).

Sarah has worked for the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Institute of Swimming (IoS Training) who are the National Governing Body for Swimming for 9 years and has also ran regular Master Classes, Swim Clinics, Motivational Talks, After Dinner Speeches, Awards Dinners, Assemblies and School visits.

Sarah gained her ASA Teacher Qualification in 2007 and has been regularly updating her knowledge and skills through qualifications, conferences, CPD’s and teaching.

Sarah wants to give back to the sport by passing on her knowledge to a new generation through her passion for swimming, learning to swim and giving everyone the best chance to succeed.

Sarah is wife to Adam Ruckwood.

Aquatic Qualifications, Training and Membership Sarah has undertaken:

  • ASA – Level One Swimming Teacher
  • ASA – Level Two Swimming Teacher
  • RLSS – National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
  • British Red Cross – Emergency First Aid at work
  • ScUK – Good Practice and Child Protection
  • ASA – Intro to Disability Swimming
  • IOS – Intro to Disability CPD
  • IOS – Deaf CPD
  • ASA – Equity and Diversity Course
  • ASA – Data Protection Course
  • IoS – Member
  • DBS – Checked and certified
  • Federation of Small Businesses – Member
  • ASA and External – Leadership and Management Training
  • ASA – Presenters Training Plus Overview of Revised NPTS
  • ASA –Team Manager Module one and two
  • IOS (Institute Of Swimming) – Presenter Training, CPD (Continual Professional Development Trainer, NPTS (National Plan for Swimming) CPD’s
  • Thomas International – Coaching


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Sophie Grosvenor (nee Caul)Sophie Grosvenor DSA Picture
Head Swimming Teacher

  • Senior Great Britain Swimmer
  • Junior Great Britain Swimmer
  • 6 British Records
  • European SC Semi Finalist
  • Word Student Games Semi Finalist

 

Sophie began her swimming career in the Learn To Swim section at Bedworth, Warwickshire.

Sophie represented her Swimming Clubs, County Associations and Midland Associations between 1996 – 2007.  Sophie was an all-round international swimmer.  Sophie represented Great Britain and England in both the Individual Medley (an event with all four stroke) and Breaststroke from 2000 – 2007.

Sophie went to the World Student Games in 2007, European Short Course in 2005 and 2007 where she was often seen in the semi finals and the World School Games in 2002 where she received a Bronze medal .  Sophie also competed for Great Britain in the 4 and 6 Nations in 2001 and 2002 where she got 2 Gold and 3 Bronze medals.

Sophie went to the National Championships between 1998 – 2007 where she gained 3 Gold, 10 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals amongst many finals and held 6 British records (British Long Course Age Group record, 18 years for 200m IM and 400m IM and English age Group Record for 200m and 400m IM long course and the British Short Course Record, 4x100m British Medley Team).

Sophie has been a Swimming Teacher from 2010 to present and has a phenomenal skill set that makes her a special and unique teacher.  Sophie gained her ASA Teacher Qualification in 2010 and has been regularly updating her knowledge and skills through qualifications, conferences and CPD’s.

Sophie is a wife to Mark Grosvenor and mother to two gorgeous girls called Chloe (4yrs) and Rosie (3 yrs) who already love the water as much as their mum!!

 

Aquatic Qualifications, Training and Membership Sophie has undertaken:

  • ASA – Level One Swimming Teacher
  • ASA – Level Two Swimming Teacher
  • RLSS – National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
  • British Red Cross – Emergency First Aid at work
  • ScUK – Good Practice and Child Protection
  • IoS – Member
  • DBS – Checked and certified
  • Federation of Small Businesses – Member

 

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Adam Ruckwood

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  • 3 Olympic Games – 1992, 1996, 2000
  • 5 World Championships – Multiple Finalist
  • 3 Commonwealth Games – 1 x Gold, 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze
  • 9 European Championships – 1 x Silver, 2 x Bronze, and multiple finalist
  • 16 British Records
  • 1 Commonwealth Records
  • 2 European Championships – as a coach
  • 1 World Juniors Championships – as a coach
  • 1 European Junior Championships – as a coach

Adam has coached swimmers to medal winning performances at European Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, World Junior Championships, European Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics and World Schools Games.  Adam was Head Coach of the City of Birmingham Swimming Club for six years before taking up the position of Head Coach of the City of Coventry Swimming Club in August 2010 where he still coaches.

He has also coached numerous other internationals, National Senior and Junior Champions and British Record Holders, including Sophie Grosvenor mentioned above.

As a swimmer Adam swam for Great Britain at three Olympic Games in 1992 (Barcelona), 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney).  He won numerous medals at international level including 1 Silver and 2 Bronze at European Championships (1995, 1998, 1999)  and 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at Commonwealth Games (1994, 2002) and was a five-time World Championship finalist. Adam also held 16 British Records and 1 Commonwealth Record.

Adam is a Husband to Sarah Ruckwood, who he met through swimming and a father to Dan.

 

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Director

  • Chartered Certified Accountant – PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Leadership and Management –  of 25 staff
  • ESSA Champs – Captain
  • National Championships – Multiple Finalist
  • Midland District Championships – Multiple Gold Medalist
  • Warwickshire County – Multiple Gold Medalist

Mark was a swimmer for many years and met his wife Sophie through the sport.

Mark went through the Learn to Swim programme at Fox Hollies to become a National swimmer from 1999 – 2004.  His journey took him through Solihull Swimming Club, City of Birmingham Swimming Club and then City Of Coventry Swimming Club.  Mark was a highly talented breaststroke swimmer at a young age but following a serious knee injury at the age of 12 he used his solid background developed at learn to swim and club level to transfer his skills set to become a backstroke swimmer.

Mark was regularly seen in National finals throughout his career. He was Midland Champion and  swam for Warwickshire County at every age level and also competed year in year out at the English Schools Championships, captioning his team in 2002.

Mark is now a Senior Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a renowned worldwide financial accountancy company and is often (ok – sometimes!!) seen swimming a few laps at his local pool before work.

Mark has two wonderful children with his wife, Sophie.