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Performance Squads

Junior Performance Squad

The Junior Performance Squad is a preparatory stage for the National Performance program. Swimmers must have achieved a minimum of multiple county qualifications and will work towards acquiring a multiple of regional qualifying times. The Junior Performance Squad continues to focus on advanced drills and skill acquisitions for all strokes. In addition, the Squad programme introduces and incorporates a number of new opportunities and skills such as more advanced land training and core strength, advanced understanding of training and racing terminology, goal setting (both personal and team), the ability to maintain a training log book, competing in distance events (400 IM and Free, 800 and 1500 Free) and attending training camps and competitions abroad (overnight trips). Each swimmer's attendance and attitude should reflect a commitment to excelling in this program and a dedication to all aspects of competitive swimming. Respect for the club, coaches and teammates, and consistent and intense training are critical to the success of each individual in the Junior Performance Squad. It is vital to keep in mind that the Junior and National Performance Squads are not the natural landing place for all swimmers progressing through CWSC. Access to the Performance Squads is gained by meeting certain performance criteria laid out by the coaches, but also includes more subjective aspects like maturity, coachability, leadership qualities, and personal motivation. 

Sessions per week:

Minimum of 6 sessions, 90 - 120 minutes each

Age Range: (Guidelines only)

11-14 years old

Sessions Schedules Can be found here:

https://uk.teamunify.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=reczzcawsc&_stabid_=134314

Club Subscription Fees:

£110.00/month

Swimmer to Coach Ratio:

15:1

Some of the requirements needed to access Junior Performance Squad:

• Multiple Middlesex County Qualifying Times across all four stokes and all distances
• Complete at least 200 legal meters of all four strokes
• Complete a legal 400 Individual Medley
• Perfect Streamlines and Underwater Dolphin Kick
• Gala Participation in league as selected as well as open/championship meets throughout year
• 90% attendance to training sessions (Minimum 5 sessions per week)

Senior Performance Squad

The Senior Performance Squad is for London Regional and National level swimmers that are committed to reaching one hundred percent of their potential in the sport. This Squad is the highest level of training inside the program and represents a pursuit of excellence both in and out of the water. The program includes extensive stroke analysis and improvement both in groups and individually, more advanced and intense dry land training, nutritional counseling and psychological preparation for competition. Respect for the club, coaches and teammates along with consistent and intense training are critical to the success of each individual and ultimately the team. Swimmers are expected to compete in all appropriate competitions set out by the Lead Coach.

More specific goals for the members of the Senior Performance Squad:

  • To increase their overall training capacity (Time, Distance, Effort)
  • To increase general and swim-specific endurance, general and swim-specific strength, and to enhance their knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and nutrition
  • To advance the swimmer's skills in flexibility, coordination, goal setting, mental training, and race strategy
  • To increase their awareness of the world of competitive swimming
  • To help swimmers develop core values like self-respect, dedication and perseverance, sportsmanship, time keeping, focus, loyalty, and sacrifice.
  • To increase the focus on time on Land Training and Core Strength

Sessions per week:

minimum of 7 sessions, 90 - 120 minutes each.

Further sessions may be available. Swimmers allocated to the Senior Performance Squad should speak to the Lead coach to set their weekly training schedules. Members are also encouraged to make use of Regional Beacon Programs.

Age Range: (Guidelines only)

14 and up

Club Subscription Fees:

£150.00/month

Swimmer to Coach Ratio:

15:1

Some of the basic criteria needed to access the National Performance Squad

Access to the Performance Squads is gained by meeting certain performance criteria laid out by the coaches, but also includes more subjective aspects like maturity, coachability, leadership qualities, and personal motivation.  

Sessions per week:

  • Multiple Regional Qualifying Times
  • Aiming for National Qualification
  • Ability to handle 5000-7000 meters per session
  • Participation in competitions entered by CWSC exclusively as determined by Head Coach
  • On time and fully prepared for all sessions and competitions (training gear, water bottle, team kit etc)
  • Full commitment to team ethos, and goals (individual and team)
  • Close to 100% training attendance (based on total sessions agreed with lead coach)