Additional Needs

Additional Needs

Victoria Crane

Additional Needs Coordinator: Victoria Crane

Victoria Crane is our Additional Needs Coordinator and she has 15 years of experience working with young people with additional needs.

Victoria is passionate about supporting our swimmers with additional needs, their parents and carers and coaches. BWSC believe that we can support any additional need, whether emotional, behavioural or physical, to enable our swimmers to achieve and excel.

Victoria is available at the BWSC club night on Tuesdays (Bracknell Leisure Centre) and by email to

The Additional Needs Coordinator role aims

  • To be the confidential and sensitive link person between our young people with additional needs, their parents/carers, coaches and the club.
  • To listen to the advice of the young person’s parents/carers and coach for successful strategies that work with the young person. To share these successful strategies with the young person, their parents/carers and coach.
  • To be available to confidentially listen to the concerns of the young people with additional needs, their parents/carers and the club. This helps those involved to know that their specific needs are being addressed with sensitivity and confidentiality.
  • To research and make available relevant swimming specific training for BWSC coaches. To take part in relevant swimming specific training and relay this training to BWSC coaches.

Victoria has completed the following relevant Institute of Swimming and UK Coaching training

  • Introduction to Disability Swimming
  • Deaf Friendly Swimming
  • Visually Impaired Friendly Swimming
  • Introduction to Para-Swimming
  • Equality and diversity
  • Data protection
  • Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled module
  • MIND Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

Additional Needs FAQ

Does a swimmer need a diagnosis or statement of Additional Needs to get support with their swimming?

A swimmer doesn’t need a diagnosis or statement. Although we don’t diagnose additional needs we can support any additional need, whether emotional, behavioural or physical. A swimmer may have had an additional need for years (e.g. visual impairment) or they may have a temporary additional need (e.g. exam stress).

How can I ask for support if I don’t want to chat on poolside?

Victoria is available via email Victoria is also happy to organise a confidential meeting away from poolside.

What sort of additional needs can you help support?

We can support any additional need, whether emotional, behavioural or physical. Following an initial chat with Victoria, she will research the additional need you would like support for and begin working to fulfil the all the ANCo role aims outlined above. This year we have supported a variety of additional needs e.g hearing impairment, Downs Syndrome, English as an Additional Language, and anxiety.