Dean Close is delighted to be able to introduce Kelly Long as the schools new full time Director of Swimming. Kelly will be responsible for the development of the swimming programme all the way through from the Pre-Prep up to the Sixth Form, allowing for genuine long term programme development and individual support. Kelly has already provided extra swimming sessions for the Senior School as well as continuing the existing Pre-Prep and Prep School provision.

“I am delighted to be appointed as Director of Swimming at Dean Close. With my experience in pool management and teaching, I am looking forward to developing and growing the swimming programme, allowing an opportunity for all pupils to participate in swimming. With my passion for swimming, I strive to motivate and encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to develop their skills; whether this is to build water confidence, improve on health and fitness or to compete.

Being able to support students on their swimming journey and see their confidence and talent grow is always rewarding; whether that is watching a beginner swim their first few meters unaided to coaching an individual to train competitively.”