THURROCK Swimming Club have appointment Paul Robbins as their new head coach.

Robbins joins Thurrock from Redbridge SC, where he has held the position of head coach for 11 years.

During Robbins’ time at Redbridge he worked hard to build a successful club with clear development pathways.

In that time he successfully achieved the Top Senior Club in 2009 and 2010 and Relay Teams in Essex 2009, 2010 and 2011.

He was also successfully voted in as Essex Swimming manager in 2012, a position which he still holds.

Thurrock Swimming Club secretary Hazel Day said: “Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and is armed with excellent coaching achievements including producing 50 County swimmers and in excess of 30 Regional swimmers annually.

“He has developed squad swimmers who have qualified at the British Championships in 2009 to 2014 including Olympic and Commonwealth Trials.” Robbins hopes to join Thurrock as soon as possible, dependent upon his release date from Redbridge. He should start at Blackshots within the next month or so – and no later than July 5.