Steffi retired from competitive swimming in the summer of 2009 after her seventh world championships. Before moving to Shropshire she was teaching and working as an Assistant Swim Co-ordinator within Abbeycroft Leisure Centre in Haverhill. Steffi also worked as a Swim Teacher and Administrator at Chessgrove Swim near Hanbury, She has also been selected to be a Team Manager for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships and for swimming camps with Great Britain.
Steffi has also been heavily involved in the British Gas Great Swim Series on numerous occasions, managing the elite athletes.
Steffi runs the Titans Learn to Swim and is a proud mummy to a beautiful daughter.
Alan BircherSenior Coach
Alan is very much in the background with regards to the learn to swim. A shared owner of the business with Steffi, Alan puts himself more in the competitive side of swimming and was a member of the British swimming team from 1997 until his retirement in 2008. During that long spell as a top international swimmer, Alan represented Great Britain at 6 World Championships from 2003 to 2008 – winning a silver medal in Dubai in 2004 and a Silver medal in Hungary at the European Championships 2004.
Since his retirement from competitive swimming Alan has quickly grown a reputation as one of the top young coaches in the UK. Alan took the head coach position at Ellesmere College Titans in 2012 and has fast tracked the programs success including twenty swimmers gaining international representation including medals at World Junior, European Junior, European Youth Olympic, and Commonwealth Youth Games level. Alan is an ASA licensed UKCC Level 3 Coach.
NIKKI BAINBRIDGESwim Teacher
Nikki is a Level 2 qualified swimming teacher & coach and has been involved in swimming since she was 11 years old. Nikki competed at county, regional and national level until she was 20 years old. After having a few years break from swimming she made a comeback in 2003 and went to the World Master Championships in 2008&2010. Where she achieved an impressive 4th place finish in the 50 Breaststroke. Following a skiing accident in 2010 Nikki stopped competing and started teaching. She has been teaching Years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8&9 at Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster for the last few years and joined our team in September 2014. Nikki is also an ASA Tutor and a qualified open water coach.
ERIN BAINBRIDGESwim Teacher
Nikki’s daughter Erin has also swum herself and has been teaching since September 2014 at the Titans Learn to Swim. Erin is a Level 2 swimming teacher, which is the highest qualification available in England. She is also lifeguard qualified and holds her Level 1 swimming coach qualification.
Ruth HadleySwim Teacher
Ruth moved from Droitwich to Ellesmere in January to swim with the Ellesmere College Titans Elite Sprint Squad and to help with the Learn to Swim. She’s been teaching since 2013 and is also a Level 2 qualified swimming teacher. With her dad also being a swim coach, Ruth has been involved in swimming for the majority of her life.