Tilehurst Swim Club is happy to accept swimmers at
all levels. We bring your child in for a no-pressure
assessment and give you advice on the next steps. Here is a
summary of our squads and roughly which age groups fall into
Stingrays: Designed for children who have completed the
National Plan for Teaching Swimming Stage 7 OR the National Swim
Awards Level 10 but require some additional work on competitive
stroke technique before joining the Development Squad. Generally,
these swimmers are 8 years and under.
Development: With a focus on shorter distances and good
technique, children are allowed to develop at their own individual
pace in all 4 disciplines: Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke,
and Butterfly. As stroke work is enhanced, we begin to build
some endurance through one-hour training sessions. Each
session is divided up to give newer swimmers more of an opportunity
to work on technique while more experienced swimmers work on
technique as well as fitness and endurance. Competing in Level 3+4
Galas is encouraged. Generally, swimmers in Development Squad
are 9-12 years old.
Junior Age Group
(JAG): JAG squad is for swimmers who have a strong
grasp of all 4 disciplines and are prepared for longer
endurance sets. In JAG squad, the swimmers continue to work on
technique but intensive interval training is added to the regime.
JAG swimmers are also given the opportunity to compete in more
advanced galas. Swimmers who have the ambition to achieve
County or Regional times are encouraged and given the opportunity,
while there is no pressure on the child to do so. Generally,
swimmers in JAG squad are 10-14 years old.
Top: Swimmers advance to Top Squad when they
enter their teenage years and have the required speed and endurance
(assessed by TSC Head Coach, Simon Cowen). It is in the Top
Squad where swimmers can explore their potential at the
Regional/National level or simply swim for fitness. Whatever
the swimmer’s ambition and training schedule, we only ask for
dedication when attending each training session.