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Club Information

Introduction

Staines Swimming Club strives to promote swimming in the boroughs of Spelthorne, Runnymede and the surrounding area. Its aim is to provide its members with a structured programme, ensuring that they fulfil their potential whatever their ability.

 

 

The Management Committee

The Management committee, governing Staines Swimming Club, consists of an Executive Committee comprising a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and other members. The Management committee meets on a monthly basis

 

Fees and Membership

The membership fee and pool time fees are combined and divided into 12 monthly payments, which should be made by standing order before the 1st of each month. In addition, all members must pay an annual A.S.A. registration fee to the Club who, in turn, pass it on to the A.S.A. This is collected annually in January of each year. Members are expected to meet all open, championship and other competition fees. The club contributes to team entries for the appropriate galas.

 

Costume and Equipment

Club colours are purple and black with the Staines logo of a swan. Hats, track suits, t-bags, polo shirts, sweat shirts and T-shirts are available to buy from the club shop. Swimmers should have fins, zoomers, kick board, pull buoy, bands and paddles according to which group they train with and these are available as new or second hand.

 

Fixtures

Annual club championships, Level 1, 2 and 3 galas, novice events, graded county meets, county age groups and championships, designated open meets, south east regional, national age groups and national championships; there are fixtures on our list to accommodate every level of swimmer within our club, as long as they meet A.S.A. regulations. The fixtures secretary and open meet secretary work closely with the chief coach to plan a full and worthwhile fixtures list. Training camps both international and domestic are another successful addition to the fixtures list.

 

Communication

E-mail is the main communication channel, we send notifications, announcements, forms, etc. to the email address/es provided during registration to the club and updated annually with the ASA membership form

This website is also a focal point for communication, notices and news are located in the home page for quick access. There is also a notice board situated upstairs in the viewing gallery at Spelthorne Leisure Centre.

 

Social

An appointed social secretary organises events, including an annual awards evening.

 

Contact

Should you require any further information about the swimming club or wish to come along for a trial please contact Head of Performance, Justin Langford, via email at  [email protected].

 

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Club Progression Structure

Swim School

Cygnet Pool - Learn to Swim 

Learn to Swim lessons, once or twice each week, taught at our very own Cygnet Pool teaching introductory strokes and skills to all ages. 

Philip Southcote - Learn to Swim Programme (currently closed)

Learn to Swim lessons, once a week, taught at Philip Southcote School in Addlestone teaching introductory strokes and skills to all ages. 

Bishopsgate – Learn to Swim Programme (currently closed)

Learn to Swim lessons, once a week, taught at Bishopsgate School in Englefield Green teaching introductory strokes and skills to all ages.

Black Hats

A transition group swimming once per week at Bishop Wand (currently relocated to Egham Leisure Centre until the school pool reopens).  Developing the ability to perform strokes and skills over a longer distance (20m). 

Black Hats Advanced

A transition group swimming once per week at Egham Leisure Centre. Developing the ability to perform strokes and skills over a longer distance.

Advanced Teaching 

Advanced stroke technique and skill development in our larger pools twice each week. Swimmers will have their first opportunities to compete at the age of 9 and above. 

 

Competitive Pathway

Development Squad

The first of our training squads, swimmers continue stroke and skill development within training sets. Swimmers will compete individually and represent the club at this level. This is a key squad where swimmers home their race skills and technique.

Academy Squad

The top squad in the Competitive Pathway swimmers aged 13 years and over aim at County qualification and to progress to be competitive at County level. Swimmers have regular pool training and land training to complement a very successful program.

 

Performance Pathway

The performance pathway has been designed in line with long term athlete development to allow swimmers to achieve their full potential. 

Performance Junior

This is the first squad in the performance pathway where swimmers focus is too fold, high level physical conditioning with a focus on aerobic development and high level race skills. Swimmers weekly training program is agreed with the head coach and commitment levels must be maintained. Swimmers range from 10 - 13 years in Junior Performance. 

Swimmers start to learn the key components of training from pre and post pool land work to race preparation and endurance training. Swimmers are aiming to be highly competitive at County level and achieve regional qualification in preparation for progression to the next squad.

Performance Senior

Swimmers are aiming at Regional qualification and to progress to be highly competitive at Regional level. Swimmers commitment levels must be maintained for swimmers continued development. There is a greater focus on land based work in this squad and over time swimmers can build up to over 3 hours of focused strength and condition training. 

Performance - National

The top Performance Squad in the club, swimmers are aiming at National qualification and to progress to be highly competitive at National level. Swimmers will train a minimum of eight times a week with periodised training in preparation for major competition. Swimmers have the provision of 3 hours of 50m pool training per week, gym sessions, head sets, underwater camera filming and advanced information on performance lifestyle.

 

Fitness Pathway

Academy Squad

Advanced stroke technique and skill development, allowing swimmers who want to train for fitness twice or three times each week, the opportunity to be involved in structured sessions with qualified coaches. Swimmers will have opportunities to compete and represent the club in various league galas and open. 

Masters 

Masters swimming is for our adult (16yrs+) members to train, socialise and compete if they want to. Sessions will be geared around fitness and competition skills.