Assessment Week

Results from June 19 Assessment Week

Mails have been sent to all the ‘successful’ swimmers regarding their new grouping with effect from 1st September.

As advised to everybody ahead of the Assessment week, the usual way for swimmers to show that they are ready to move is to attend the Assessment week and also one of the Club nights on Sundays during the period between Assessment weeks. This will ensure that we have ‘Race’ times available over 100m Free for the Group 1 swimmers and a Medley for all other Groups.

Whilst we are aware that the Assessment week may not always suit everybody in terms of timing, we do have 3 Assessment periods per year so there is never long to wait for another opportunity. This also ensures that any moves occur at the beginning of each school term, giving you the parents the ability to adjust the “taxi service”. Indeed, it is planned for the next Assessment Week to be the first week after October half term.

Our Groups all run with an ideal number of 30 swimmers which fits our water time available and, as a result, we start by ensuring the numbers in Group 6 are correct and then promote from below to ‘top up’ the other groups. This does mean that the overall level of capability in each Group will rise and fall over time but the session plans will be written to take account of this.

The sum of the swimmer’s best set of time results across the Assessment week are taken and added to the time from their best Club Night swim to provide a ‘League Table’ ranking with the quickest swimmers being the ones to move.

The fact that we include all strokes through all the Groups, (via Medley swims in the Groups 2 upwards) ensures we know that the swimmers have adequate skills for the next move and the number of swims each day shows us whether they will be able to cope both psychologically and physically with the requirements of the next Group. This then with the assessment of the coaches throughout the Assessment Week and other training sessions, means that we have a balanced view and have something to assess against the criteria.

Please bear in mind that this was the first time we have used the new Assessment Criteria and both the coaching team and the swimmers are learning how to deal with this and many of those who attended grew in stature and knowledge as they repeated the swims in later sessions. In addition, there is always the possibility of Coach referrals if we see somebody who is clearly outperforming their peers in the Group.

The timings taken for each Group are attached (showing the ‘best’ return for everybody) along with the Assessment Criteria for everybody to review again. They will also be on our Club Notice boards and on the club website on the link below:

Please feel free to contact Geoff if you still have any queries on the above.

Geoff Wood

Head Coach


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Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

The Assessment Week will commence from Monday 10th June until Saturday 15th June, followed by Club Night 16th June.

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During this Assessment Week ALL Groups will be assessed. The purpose of the assessment is to closely review the progress of each swimmer and measure them against the current criteria to ascertain if they have developed enough to move, either up or down the groups.

The Process

  • There are a number of assessments carried out by the coaches at each one of the training sessions during the Assessment Week. Obviously, the more sessions a swimmer attends, the better and more rounded the assessment will be for the swimmer, by the coaches.

  • The updated criteria attached below provides an outline of the minimum requirements that a swimmer must attain to be considered for a move upwards. These criteria are not the only consideration when the coaches discuss and agree any changes after this week.

  • As the swimmers develop and based upon historical data, the criteria are reviewed on a regular basis and dependent upon how the whole assessment week goes, adaptations may occur as part of the coaches’ discussion to ensure we develop the swimmers either for competition or just to maximise their potential.

  • At the end of the Assessment Week, the coaches sit down and discuss these results and agree any groups changes that may need to occur, either up or down.

  • Once the final discussions have occurred, the results will be posted on this website and on the Club noticeboards, we are expecting results to be announced by 2nd July.

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To allow the coaches to focus on the assessments, it is extremely important that they are supported by volunteers on poolside.

Therefore please sign up to help so the coaches can assess your swimmers, if we do not get enough volunteers then the coaches can't do a proper assessment and this will impact potentially your swimmer getting an all round assessment.

There are two roles where we need help, no experience needed, these are as follows;

  1. Marshals - to ensure a smooth-running session, we need help in herding the swimmers, ensuring they understand what it is they need to do (based on the instructions given by the coach) as well as ensuring they start at the designated staggered times.

  2. Timekeepers - most of the session will involve timed tasks, we need people to time these and collate the timings onto predefined sheets, as long as you can stop and start a stop watch and write the time down, is all that is required.

None of these roles require and training or previous experience. If you are interested in helping, please use the Job Signup function associated to this event.

Once the coaches have reviewed the results from the week, we will publish the moves and changes.

As you will also see, we are introducing the Swim England Club Awards, to find out more about these please go to -


Current Criteria

Information Leaflet

Current Criteria - Summary Sheet