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Competitive Age

Competitive Age (CA)

For Age Group swimmers (up to 12yr).  The main focus is to increase stamina and endurance whilst maintaining stroke technique along with starts, turns and finishing skills – noting that increasing stamina requires a greater time commitment to training. 

Stroke technique is good, and swimmers are aiming to maintain technique over greater distances.  Skills for starts, turns, and finishes are good and efficient, but not consistently repeatable.  Swimmers in this squad are aiming to achieve 7.5m underwater with an efficient and streamlined transition.

The focus remains on training, but swimmers will begin to have specific targets for competitions.  Hence swimmers would need to compete in target galas throughout the year.  This will include relevant Norfolk ASA competitions, along with Club galas and Level 2 or 3 Open Meets.

Lead Coach: John Digby

Overview

Competitive Age swimmers are expected to:

  • Be on poolside at least 10 minutes before the session to complete an efficient land warm up and be briefed before the session.
  • Regularly review their goals and objectives
  • Take responsibility for their own training and development
  • Be 100% committed in every training session
  • Bring their own goggles, kick board, pull buoy, water bottle, fins, paddles, and Norwich Swan hat (all available from the Club Shop) to training sessions

Training

Swimmers will be transitioning from “Stage 2: SwimSkills” to “Stage 3: Training To Train” of the Long Term Athlete Development Programme as they progress.

A greater time commitment to training is required to increase stamina, and hence it is recommended that you attend 4-5 sessions per week, along with a land training session.

Training becomes more specialised, but participation in other complementary sports will still be useful – especially if that sport promotes aerobic conditioning.

Squad Training Times 

Day Time Location Coach
Monday 7:00-8:00pm Riverside John Digby
Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm Hewett John Digby
Wednesday 7:15-8:45pm​ Wymondham​ John Digby​
Friday (AM) 5:30-7:00am​ UEA Sportspark (LC) John Digby
Friday 7:30-9:00pm Wymondham    John Digby / Tina Bedder    
Saturday 5:00-6:30pm​ Wymondham Nikki Merrill
Sunday 6:00-7:00pm UEA Sportspark (LC) John Digby / Nikki Merrill


Land Training

Day Time Location Coach
Tuesday 7:00-8:00 Hewett Rui Rodrigues
Friday 6:50-7:20pm Wymondham Rui Rodrigues

The timetable for the Technique Sessions on Thursday and Sundays can be found Here


Performance reviews will be carried out every six months to monitor swimmers’ progress.  Swimmers who are not meeting the criteria and expectations for the squad will be informed of this, and have a further three months to reach the required standard.  If swimmers are still not meeting the squad’s criteria after the three months, they will be moved to a more appropriate squad for their abilities and ambitions.

Squad Fees

  • £42 per month
  • Annual fees - £35 per year (or £56 for families) for membership and insurance (payable in January or upon joining club)
  • Each additional child in family gets 20% discount on cheapest monthly fee
  • Monthly fee covers all squad sessions (including land training)

Payment Options

Payments are due on the 1st of each month. Please set up auto pay by registering a credit or debit card against your account.  Fees on your account will then be automatically billed to your card on the 1st of each month.