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Online Club Management Tool Saves Swimming Club Hundreds of Hours

By Andrea Ostrowski, 07/21/19, 9:45PM CDT

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Name: Nathan Hilton

Organization: NOva centurion

Position: Director of coaching

TeamUnify has changed the way we coach our swimmers and has made our lives easier.


As the top swimming club in the county, Nova Centurion needed a solution that removed the hassle and allowed them to focus on coaching their 230 swimmers. 


What they were up against

Nathan Hilton needed a solution that would simplify his club’s increasingly complicated administrative tasks. To maintain his club’s status as the area’s premier club, he needed a tool that allowed him and his coaches to devote more time to what they knew best—coaching their swimmers.

What TeamUnify did to help

TeamUnify provided Nathan and the Nova Centurion coaches a more efficient way to manage their administrative tasks, as well as robust and engaging coaching tools that pleased their athletes and families, alike.

What the impact was

Nathan Hilton is no stranger to the pool. As a teenager, he made the England National Final. Shortly afterward, he began coaching part-time. He’s now the Director of Coaching at Nova Centurion Swim Club, a club that has produced dozens of top-tier swimmers, and a handful of Olympic Medalists. However, Nathan does much more than coach at this club— 

“Primarily I am a coach, but my responsibilities are wide-ranging. I work with the club to develop our coaches and staff, I lead conferences, I visit other swimmers and other clubs in the area, a lot of things,” says Hilton. 

Along with these responsibilities came time-consuming administrative work. Countless team emails and stacks of paperwork were the norm. However, since Nova Centurion adopted TeamUnify, Nathan and the rest of the coaches enjoyed the time-saving benefits.

It has certainly been beneficial for us in saving time and making things easier,” Hilton says. “Comparing the cost of the platform, versus the time we are saving now, it has been worth it for us.

Hilton explains, “The TeamUnify mobile app, specifically, saves us so much time. It easily saves each of our coaches an hour a week, just taking into account the group emails and messages before. Right there, that’s 500 hours of time saved throughout the year,” Hilton continues.

Event registration and data management are now much more simple as well. 

“Before TeamUnify, we would take handwritten notes at every event and then enter them into our database afterwards. Now, everything is stored in real-time through our phones,” Hilton continues.“We get one detailed record for each of our swimmers, with all of their information stored.”

“It’s brilliant,” says Hilton, “Everything is in the palm of my hand now. No more messing around with paper and multiple databases.”

There are other benefits that Nova Centurion is realizing from TeamUnify, as well. 

“The Teamfeed is another brilliant feature that has been a game-changer with how we communicate with our members. It allows coaches to share updates, results, and urgent information with the push of a button and shares it with all of our social media accounts. It keeps families involved and engaged when they are away from the pool,” says Hilton.

“The ability to take and upload a video to an account, privately, while giving feedback on the video has changed the way we coach our swimmers,” Hilton continues. “They can access race footage and split times on their own.”


About Nova Centurion

Nova Centurion Swimming Club is the competitive outlet of the Nottinghamshire County Swim Squad. The County Swim Squad was one of the first squads to operate in the country and formed a model for many similar type of squads across Britain. There are two main sites, Nottingham, and Mansfield both with a qualified coaches, so that no swimmer has to travel too far to get top quality training. In addition, there is a Development Squad in Newark & Southwell and a Squad for swimmers with Disability which operates in the Nottingham area, again both with qualified coaches.

Since 1976 the Squad has had the backing of the Nottinghamshire County Council who, until April 2012, had the day-to-day running of the Squad. From that time the Squad has been run by Notts ASA. During these years, under the Nova Centurion banner the Squad has become one of the most successful in the country, having won the Great Britain Club Team Championships and been the Top Team at both the National Senior, Youth and Age Group Championships on numerous occasions. Regularly swimmers have been put on National teams with successes culminating in the two Olympic Gold medals won by Rebecca Adlington in 2008 in Beijing with Sam Hynd winning Gold and Bronze in the Paralympics. In the London Olympic Games in 2012 Rebecca won two bronze medals. In the Paralympics Ollie Hynd won Bronze, Silver and Gold and Charlotte Henshaw won a Silver. In the 2016 Paralympics Ollie Hynd won two Gold medals and one Silver, and Charlotte Henshaw won a Bronze.


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