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The Coaching Team

Marc Spackman

Head Performance Coach

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Home Town: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Nationality: British

About Marc


  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Level 5 ASCA Senior Performance Coach
  • UKCC Performance Coach
  • ASA Club Coach
  • ASA Level 2 Teacher
  • ASA Level 1 Teacher
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • National Rescue Award

Club History

  • The Royal School SC- (2014-Present)
  • Maxwell Swim Club- (2012-2014)
  • The Borough of Harrow SC- (2009-2012)
  • Lincoln Vulcans SC- (2006-2009)



  • Swim England Coach
  • Mentor British Olympic Programme at the Beijing Olympics
  • British Olympic Association Mentor at the London Olympics
  • Youth Coach of the year
  • The Terry Dennison Award for Coaching Excellence
  • Performance Coach of the Year
  • Swim England Coach 2024 graduate

Marc is a former England and Great Britain Olympic swimmer who had a successful international career spanning 10 years; formerly ranked in the World top 20 in the 200 metres Freestyle.

As a professional swimmer, Marc won two major games medals as part of the Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay in the World Championships (Hong Kong & Athens) in British and European Records, and as a 17-year-old qualifying for the World Long Course Championship relay team that won Bronze in the final. Marc qualified for the Olympic Games in July 2000. The 4×200 Freestyle Relay team qualified for the Olympic final and placed 5th in a new British Record and 5th fastest all-time; missing out on a medal by 0.2 hundredths of a second.

During university, Marc began coaching at Lincoln Vulcans swimming club, initially as Assistant Coach and then as Head Coach in 2006. Marc coached Elizabeth Simmonds to win Quadruple Gold in the 2007 European Junior Championships (breaking European Junior records). World Championship Silver in a new European Record time and Olympic Qualification (Beijing 2008) in a new British record on the 100 & 200 Backstroke; also coaching Paralympic Champion and World Record holder Robert Welbourn and European Junior Silver Medallist and Olympian Sophie Allen.

Whilst at the Royal School, Marc has coached swimmers to numerous National and International Medals. Notably, Matthew Richards won multiple European Junior Championship medals and in particular, Gold in the 100 Freestyle and qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics where he went on to win the Olympic Gold medal. Olympian Alice Dearing qualified for the World Championships and Tom Derbyshire won the European Junior Championships in 2016/17. Marc has also been selected for numerous events for Great Britain and coached in seasons two and three of the International Swimming League.

Marc is very much looking forward to the coming seasons where he can pass on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation of exceptional talent at the Royal School Swim Team.

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

Head and shoulders photo of George

George Booth Rudd

Academy Lead Coach

Place of Birth: Plymouth,
Home Town: Oxford, Nationality: British