Emma has been with Bubbles since the very beginning around 1998? But who's counting...
Emma's daughter Asia was the first little Bubbler with Pauline and Hazel, who founded the club.
After completing her Swimming Teachers qualification, Emma joined the team and quickly set about developing it's services, encouraging volunteer support to broaden their capacity.
Over the years, Emma has mentored many young people and supported them to qualify and develop their potential in a variety of disciplines, from swimming teaching, medical & social care to special needs education. She continues to inspire with her infectious love of special needs and sport. Emma has been recognized many times for her dedication and services to disability sport. Although she hasn't got someone to coach quite as LOUD as she does yet.
Kate was pestered by Emma into volunteering at Bubbles despite hating water and the thought of being in shorts. Kate quickly caught the Bubbles Bug and qualified as a teacher. From there she went on to co-ordinate SEN and Disabled enquiries at Maidstone Leisure Centre whilst working as a Swim Co-ordinator and TA at Bower Grove School. Using her contacts as SENCO for the local holiday play-scheme, Kate recruited more swimmers pushing Bubbles to expand to three days a week, with individual classes evenings and weekends.
Kate has developed the elite team who have then been selected to train with her at Kent Disability Swim Squad with great success. She is always looking to expand Bubbles in new directions and is currently trialing Water Polo as contrast activity.
Recently qualified Fiona, who hails from a swim crazy family, has been supporting Bubbles for many years. She has been tied to Emma's side after showing a natural aptitude for the physical therapy groups, achieving amazing results!
Having a background in competitive swimming AND diving, Fiona has been invaluable for her technical knowledge and severe drill training! Chester's classes better watch out!
Introducing little Miss I CAN DO IT to team Bubbles! Our eager beaver volunteer who can't wait to be running the show, Tayla has been supporting Bubbles EVERYDAY in and out of the water with volunteer recruitment, assessments promotion, even looking after Emma's kids (pictured). She's good IN the water as well don't worry.
Honestly Tay, we don't mind putting our feet up for a bit! Her enthusiasm is infectious and she keeps us all soldiering even when it's all going mad!
Having YEARS of experience with learning difficulties and mental health, James won't be someone we want to part with easily! Looking to use his skills and knowledge somewhere other than the NHS, James joined Bubbles in August 2012 and quickly became instrumental in supporting our swimmers with complex needs.
Showing real promise as a teacher, James is eagerly awaiting the chance to qualify, and spends most of his weekend time getting to know the mainstream groups.
Our newest teacher, Jordan only started volunteering with us 3 years ago and is now running classes whilst Kate is on Maternity leave. Having no experience in either swimming or special needs, Jordan has come a long way to be where he is today.