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The Coaching Team

David Painter

Age Group Lead Coach

Place of Birth: England

Home Town: Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Nationality: British

About David


  • ASA level 3 Coach
  • ASA level 2 Coach
  • ASA level 1 Teacher
  • Btec higher diploma Building (quantity Surveying)
  • UKAD Doping advisor
  • ASA Disability swimming awareness

Club History

  • The Royal School SC – (2016- Present)
  • Wombourne Swimming Club Head Coach – (2014-2016)


  • England Talent Phase 1 Group Coach 2016/2017,
  • West Midland Coach Development Programme
  • West Midland Regional Camp Group Coach 2015/16/17
  • West Midland Regional Head Coach 2018
  • ESSA West Midland Head Coach 2018

Dave ran his own successful sandwich bar and catering business in Wolverhampton city centre for 20 years prior to a career change in 2013. Starting his swimming career as a National level age group swimmer, Dave returned to Masters swimming in 2011, culminating in winning a bronze medal at the British Championships in 2013. He started volunteering at RWS on poolside at this point and realised this was where his future lay.

Starting as Head coach at Wombourne SC, this gave him a platform to develop his own coaching style. In 2 years from 2014, Wombourne SC developed in to a leading Staffordshire club even with very limited pool time. Creating County Champions and Regional level swimmers at age group and youth level. In all the leagues entered the club made significant improvements in final league placings against much bigger, more established clubs with far bigger training platforms.

Extremely driven to be the best coach possible, Dave is currently on the West Midlands talented coach development program where he was awarded a scholarship in 2016 for his outstanding performance. This has culminated in him coaching on England Phase 1 and being invited on Phase 2 & 3 camps so far…

Dave is committed and excited to develop the RWS development and age group swimmers and help move them forward in the swimming pathway. Preparing swimmers with the required technique and mental strength to move to Elite Swimming.

Marc Spackman

Head Performance Coach

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire Home Town: Lincoln, Lincolnshire Nationality: British

Pete Yardley

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton Home Town: Wolverhampton Nationality: British

David Painter

Age Group Lead Coach

Place of Birth: England
Home Town: Wolverhampton Nationality: British

Tom Elgar

Academy Lead Coach

Place of Birth: Aylesbury,
Home Town: Weston Turville, Nationality: British