Gold And Silver Squads
The Gold and Silver Squads are ideal for those swimmers who do not meet the full criteria (qualifying times or training session attendance) required for the Advanced Development or Performance Squads. Squad assignments are monitored throughout the year which means that Gold and Silver Squad swimmers will always have the opportunity to move into the squads which require a greater time commitment or more competitive qualifying times. This is, of course, dependent on the swimmer demonstrating the desire, time availability and skill set required.
The Silver Squad is for swimmers aged 9-13 who have proficiency to a competitive level across all four strokes and racing dives, but need to develop their skills and training capacity to achieve the requirements to be admitted to the Advanced Development or Junior Performance Squads.
The Gold Squad is for swimmers aged from 12-18 and includes County and Regional Qualifiers, as well as potential members of the CWSC National Arena League Team. Unlike equivalent groups in other clubs around London, CWSC offers Gold Squad swimmers an equal number of training sessions as the Performance Squads. The Gold Squad is ideal for talented swimmers who enjoy competitive training and swimming yet find they need time to continue other activities (sporting or otherwise). These individuals often find they do not have the flexibility to commit to the Performance Squad training schedules. The Gold Squad allows them to improve their swimming ability to the competitive level at which each individual swimmer wishes to achieve.
The training emphasis of these groups will be on continued fitness development and general swimming technique. In addition to group instruction, the coaches endeavor to give specific, individual feedback using filming and other methods to help swimmers improve. Aquatic disciplines like water polo may also be used. These squads will be invited to competitions, both internal and external, and are expected to compete at least 2-3 times per year.
The coaches and committee recognized that many swimmers who were trying to join the club at a later stage (8 years old and above) were behind their peers who’ve either been in the club from the early stages or who come from more robust school swimming programs. We were seeing many “older” swimmers who showed potential, and more importantly enthusiasm for the sport, but just needed more time in the water and coaching to help develop their skills and aerobic capabilities.
The Junior Development Squad was developed to help swimmers bridge the gap by giving them a “crash course” of club level training sessions 3 times per week. Swimmers should be attending at least 3 session each week to maximize their potential to reach the level required to move to other squads in the club. The group is currently offered 4 training opportunities per week.
Junior Development Squad swimmers are expected to stay in the group for 12-24 months, at which time they will be moved to whichever is the most appropriate group for their ability and commitment level.
Sessions per week:
Silver and Gold- Minimum of 2 sessions, 60 - 90 minutes each
Junior Development- Minimum of 3 sessions per week, 60-90 minutes each
Sessions Schedules Can be found here:
Age Range: (Guidelines only)
8-12 years old (Junior Development Squad), 9-13 years old (Silver Squad), 11 - Senior (Gold Squad)
Club Subscription Charges:
- Junior Development Squad: £65.00/month
- Silver Squad: £65.00/month
- Gold Squad: £68.00/month
Swimmer to Coach Ratio:
Up to 15:1
Requirements for access to Gold and Silver Squads
- Competency across all four strokes
- Able to complete a competitive racing dive off starting block as well as turns for all strokes and IM
- Gold Squad Members should, at a minimum, be aiming for County Standards
- Strong ability to work well and learn in a group environment
The training emphasis of these groups will be on continued fitness development and general swimming technique. In addition to group instruction, the coaches endeavour to give specific, individual feedback using filming and other methods to help swimmers improve. Aquatic disciplines like water polo may also be used. These squads will be invited to competitions, both internal and external, and are expected to compete at least 2-3 times per year.