"Stockport Metro’s coaching staff have the knowledge and experience to coach technique on all strokes to a world class level."
(Bob Treffene, British Swimming Physiologist)
The dedication, experience and expertise of the coaching and support staff at Stockport Metro are second to none, and have been fundamental to the burgeoning success of the Club wherever its swimmers compete. Stockport’s highly acclaimed programme has been a success because of the people developing and delivering it, culminating in first rate Age Group and Youth results, the best results ever for the Club in an Olympic Games, and Stockport’s selection as an Intensive Training Centre.
Sean Kelly, HPC Head Coach
Multiple Olympic medal-winning coach Sean Kelly is currently serving as Head Coach at the newly formed, Stockport Metro High Performance Centre. Sean has coached at Stockport Metro since 1995, becoming Head Coach in 2001, and Director of Performance in 2012.
At the Olympic level, Sean is no stranger to success. He has coached Olympians Vicki Horner, James Goddard, Adrian Turner, Graeme Smith (bronze, Atlanta 1996) Steve Parry (bronze, Athens 2004), Michael Rock, Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Keri-anne claimed silver and Cassie bronze in the 10k event at Bejing. Sean has served on numerous British Swimming teams since 2000 and was Olympic coach in 2004 and 2008. He has been at the forefront of the development and burgeoning success in recent years of open water swimming and was GB Open Water Head Coach for the highly successful team in Beijing. He was awarded British Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007 and 2011.
Kelly is a hometown product. Born in Manchester to Irish parents in 1965, he went to school in Wythenshawe, Ardwick and Rusholme. He dallied with a number of jobs - tax officer, bank clerk, motor cycle courier, life guard and swimming teacher - before he started coaching in Sydney, Australia in 1992.
He enjoys football (MUFC), cooking, exercise, reading, behavioural psychology, walking Frank (the dog) and voluntary work, in his spare time. His favourite saying is “The best is yet to come.”
British Swimming Coach of the Year 2011 2007 2004
BSCA Coach of the year 2004 2007 2011
Splash Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (All British Aquatic Disciplines) 2011
BSCA Award of Coaching excellence 2010 2009 2008
Splash Awards Coach of the Year 2004
Athens 2004 Steve Parry Bronze 200 Fly (2 x Commonwealth Records)
Beijing 2008 Keri-anne Payne Silver 10k Open Water
Beijing 2008 Cassandra Patten Bronze 10k Open Water
2011 Keri-anne Payne 10k Open Water (Recorded as fastest ever 10k)
2009 Keri-anne Payne 10K Open Water
14 Olympic finalists (3 4th places)
2 x World Championship Silver
2006 & 2007 Cassandra Patten 10k Open Water
3 x Commonwealth Gold
2002 & 2010 James Goddard 200 Back/200 IM/200 Back (Commonwealth Record)
5 x Commonwealth Silver 2 x Commonwealth Bronze
2 x European Silver
3 x European Short Course Gold
2 x European Junior Gold
2001 James Goddard 400 IM (Senior British Record) 2001 James Goddard 200IM (European Junior record)
Swimmers have broken over 100 National records at Senior and Junior level, including 5 Commonwealth records.
Head coach of the Open Water Team Beijing 2008 (most successful team at the Olympics)
Prior to London 2012 was the only coach worldwide to have 2 swimmers beat Michael Phelps at an International meet in 200 Fly.
Sean is a Coaching level 3 ASA Tutor and is a trainee councillor.
Richard Blackshaw - Head Coach
Richard’s passion for swimming began in Sheffield where he competed at a National level for 8 years. He has now been coaching for 15 years and during that time has been involved with 4 different programmes.
Lucas Connolly - National Age Group Squad
Emma swam for Stockport Metro under Sean Kelly until 2005 as a distance Freestyler, when circumstances meant she had to stop the sport earlier than anticipated. Other than swimming for 3 years for her university from 2007-2010, it wasn’t until late 2014 when she got back into the sport - at a Masters level. Emma had a number of successful Regional and National level masters events over the year and in August 2015 she attended the FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan, where she won 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals. She currently holds 3 World Masters records, 4 European Masters Records and 7 British Masters Records. Her times at the World Championships have qualified her for the Olympic Trials in 2016 and she is now back training at Stockport with Sean with the aim of qualifying for Rio! Her main events are 50m and 100m Butterfly and Freestyle. She holds a degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and currently has a full time job at QDos Fitness in Heald Green where she has worked for over 2 years.
Luke Miller-Briggs, Regional Age Squad & Junior Development Squad