Swale Team

Swale Combined AC

Coaching Team

Head Coach - Throws and Sprints


Richard Scoones with a level 3 in Discus and Shot Putt, level 2 in Sprints. Richard is also our Club Chairman and is often team manager at league competitions. Richard was one of the founding members of the club back in 1986. Richard has competed in many championship events, and has recently held the title of Kent Champion in the Hammer Throw.



Club Coach - Hurdles, Distance and Combined Events


Andrew Scoones is qualified as an Event Group Specialist in Endurance and Sprints + Hurdles. Andrew also has experience in the Jumps and Throws events and coaches the Clubs Multi Eventers. Competing since the u11 age group Andrew has had experience in almost every event. He has raced and made finals at the Kent Championships over 400m and 800m on various occasions. Andrew has seen his share of high level competion racing several members of Team GB.



Club Coach - Jumps, Sprints and Hurdles + First Aid


Mat Beech is qualified as an Event Group Specialist in Jumps and Sprints + Hurdles. Mat joined the club after starting athletics at university and has quickly dominated the sprints with various PBs. Mat has also seen his share of Championship events, wining a various medals such as a bronze in the indoor 200m in 2010. In 2013 Mat also passed a Sports First Aid Course and is one of two qualified first aiders with the Club.



Assistant Coach


Rick Hudson has recently passed the coach assistant course and is ready to assist at training in all manner of exercises. Rick is a keen long distance runner, finishing in the top 20 at the Sittingbourne 10k in 2012. Rick completed the Brighton Marathon in 2013 with a new personal best of 3.21.12



Assistant Coach


Carl Beech is our most recent addition to the team and is qualified to assist any of the club coaches. Carl has become a competitive member of the Senior Mens Team and has been part of the teams promotion to Division 1. Carl recently competed in the Kent Veterans Championships and took Gold in the Vet 50 100m.



Assistant Coach


Samantha Kennison passed her assistant coursein 2014 and has been a vital member of the coaching team since. Sam is usually coaching the clubs young athletes and under 11s teams. Sam is also the Sportshall Team manager and has been a big part of the teams success in 2015.



Assistant Coach + First Aid


Bobbie Cornelius has been training and competing with the club for number of years now; in 2014 she won the Kent Under 20s Heptathlon Championships and in 2015 claimed the silver medal. Bobbie has been a great addition to the support team, passing a Sports First Aid course in 2013 and an Assistant Coach Course in 2015


Assistant Coach


James Butler, while our youngest assistant, James has been a great addition to the throws groups and is usually assisting Richard or Carl with the younger throwers. James Has seen high level competition in 2015 after being selected for the Kent inter-counties team for Javelin where his PB currently stands at 44.97m placing him 76th in the Country for his age group.



Richard Scoones

Vice Chairman

Carl Beech


Andrew Scoones

Membership Secretary

Karen Foreman


John Silvester

Press Liason

Melaine Deacon + Andrew Scoones

School Liason

Samantha Kennison

Welfare Officer

Clare English + Paul Williams


Paul Williams + Clare English

Team Managers

KYAL - Alison Williams + Samantha kennison

SML - Andrew Scoones

SWL - Jennifer Marshall + Andrew Scoones

Sportshall - Rick Hudson + Samantha Kennison

U11s - Melaine Deacon

Head Coach

Richard Scoones


Andrew Scoones, Mat Beech

Assistant Coaches

Rick Hudson, Carl Beech, Samantha Kennison, Bobbie Cornelius, James Butler

Committtee Members

The above + Stella Williams

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