Club Structure and Pathways
The club structure diagram is intended to give an indication of how swimmers are grouped based on ability, commitment and their progression at the club. Swimmers will be moved at the discretion of the coaches and the coaching staff will make decisions in relation to all squad changes.
Moves between groups may be possible other than those indicated on the diagram .
The Performance Pathway is for swimmers who want to aim at Regional and National level swimming. A training program is provided to allow swimmers to reach their full potential in these squads with a structured annual plan involving 3-5 training and competition cycles. Commitment levels and attendance are key factors in long term development and continued progression. Swimmers will achieve high levels of physical conditioning and attain finely tuned race skills and technique, allowing them to perform at the highest levels.
Senior swimmers who have followed a highly competitive swimming program as junior athletes and want to maintain and improve as a senior have the opportunity to continue their training with a flexible program designed around work and study commitments.
This represents the largest section of the club where we provide a clear pathway from swim school through to County level swimming. Advanced Teaching and Development are key squads which allow swimmers to enhance their fundamental skills learnt in the swim school and take their first steps into competitive swimming at a level and in an environment that will give them confidence.
Swimmers can progress on two pathways which are similar. Junior County and County Development are very similar squads with the same aims and goals. Everyone grows in different ways and at different times regardless of chronological age, Junior County is aimed at swimmers who show an early aptitude for swimming and early development of cognitive skills, County Development is suited to swimmers who have a slower rate of physical development and will require move time to evolve and develop. Swimming as many sports are now finding is a late specification sport, you won't know your full potential till nearing maturity so having two squads demonstrates our understanding of this and how provision has been made to view swimmers as individuals.
County Squad is aimed at Swimmers aged 13 years and over and represents the top of the competitive pathway. Swimmers are not only aiming at County qualification but continued development working towards regional standard. Swimmers have the provision of regular 50m pool training and land based training to enhance their progression relevant to the age and level of attainment.
This is an important pathway within the club allowing swimmers to remain in the sport at a commitment level that suits in a relaxed but structured environment. Swimmers may use swimming training to enhance their other sports and swim for enjoyment and physical wellbeing.
It's important to note swimmers are able to transition from different pathways at anytime when ready and able to meet the squad entry criteria.