Andy Banks

Andy BanksHEAD COACH AND DIRECTOR OF PLYMOUTH CITY SPORTS

Originally from London and latterly from Yorkshire, before moving to Plymouth in 1992.

Involved in diving since 1973

DIVING STUFF

Dived to National level

Won many District titles

Specialist in crazy stunt diving

COACHING STUFF

Degree in Human Movement (with biomechanics and gymnastics)

Qualified in diving, gymnastics and trampolining

Started coaching 1983

Turned full time professional 1988

Set up the UK’s first ever full time local authority diving programme in Bradford

Lobbied the council and set up Plymouth’s full time diving programme in 1992

First international coaching appointment 1991

Coached Plymouth’s first diver ever to make Commonwealth Games Team (1994) – Sally Freeman, who went on to run the Bradford programme which Andy set up in the 80’s and who is now back in Plymouth!

World Class Potential Coach (lottery funded programme for Juniors) since 2000

World Class Performance Coach (lottery funded programme for Seniors) since 2005

2002 & 2005 Plymouth Sports Awards, Coach of the Year

Head coach to 2002 Commonwealth Games Team – the most successful England Team ever

Coach to 2 divers on the 2005 World Championship Team

Coach to 3 divers on the 2006 Commonwealth Games Team

Coach to 4 divers on 2008 World Cup Team

Coach to 2 divers on Beijing Olympic Team & Team Coach in Beijing

OTHER STUFF

Qualified diving tutor (to train diving teachers)

Appointed as GB Team Manager to Junior and Senior Teams since 1994

First met business partner Sam Grevett in London, whilst training with the same coach (Pete Squires) in the early 1980’s.

Loves wake-boarding, nice restaurants, his wine collection and his own sense of humour!

Lives with Paula Hardwick, a professional swimming teacher and former National level diver from Essex.

Phone:

01752 606 900

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