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WDSC Talent Program

The Swim Wycombe Talent Program

The Swim Wycombe Talent Program offers two different ways of connecting to our club. Become a WDSC Partner Club or join our Link Club Program.

Applications will soon be open for performance swimmers wishing to supplement their “home club” training programme with a weekly Long Course session, led by Olympic Level Coach Kevin Brooks. 

The session takes place every* Sunday morning at Wycombe Leisure Centre, 07:00 to 09:00am, with optional Land Training provided from 09:00 to 10:00am. (*dependant on competitions and meets at the pool). The swimmers “home coach” is invited to attend and work collaboratively with the WDSC Head Coach and the Wycombe Coaching Team (not compulsory). Additional or replacement sessions (to Sunday morning) may also be opened up to certain swimmers, at the discretion of the WDSC Head Coach. The same sessional costs still apply. 

Should applications be in excess of what we can accept, places will be prioritized in the following order: 

  1. GB International Representation in previous season, or this season. 
  2. Swimmers that are part of the Swim Wycombe Partner Club Programme 
  3. A swimmer selected for the SER Beacon Programme, but is unable to attend due to travel implications 
  4. Highest ranked swimmers based on National Rankings, within each British Nationals Age Groups as at 31/12/16 
  5. National Qualifiers – those that competed at British/English Nationals 2015 
  6. Regional Finalists

All selections/invitations are at the sole discretion of the WDSC Head Coach 

Partner Club Program

Wycombe District Swimming Club is establishing a local talent program which places the development of swimmers, clubs and coaches at its heart. The relationship that is built around “Swim Wycombe” is one that develops a sustainable pathway for swimmers from local clubs into performance swimming at Wycombe through a supportive, encouraging and swimmer centred partnership. A true “performance daily training environment” that can truly provide all that’s needed for swimmers to qualify (and achieve) on the Junior and Senior International stage.

Passport to Performance Scheme

3 months of attending any agreed 3-4 x WDSC Club sessions in addition to the swimmers home clubs program (training sessions at existing club)

After 3 months – swimmer then commits fully to the WDSC Performance Program
Costs: 1st month FREE, next 2 months at 50% of WDSC Junior Performance Squad
After 3 months the full cost of the WDSC Junior Performance Squad is payable

  • Dual training can continue after 3 months if deemed appropriate and that the end goal is full integration into WDSC Performance Programme
  • Swimmers dual register to Wycombe District Swimming Club for insurance and inclusion purposes.
  • Minimum standard: 2 National Times + 6% as an initial base standard. However specific standards to initially be agreed with each partner club by both Head Coaches.
  • Swimmers compete for WDSC at Regional & National Level & their home club at County Level initially.
  • Only once the swimmer commits fully to the training programme of the WDSC Performance Squads will they be expected to represent WDSC at all levels, including (if selected for) the National Arena League team.

Hub Sessions for groups of swimmers

(Long Course Training for County & Regional Level swimmers from Partner Clubs)

Up to 6 times per year the clubs working in partnership with WDSC (through the Passport to Performance Scheme) will be allowed access to the Long Course WDSC Performance session (Sunday morning at the existing pool and Saturday morning at new pool). This access will be provided whilst the WDSC Performance swimmers are absent and attending high level meets or championships. This will provide the next “tier” of swimmers at the WDSC Partner Clubs (and at WDSC itself) the opportunity to access 50m pool time, within the community of clubs that come under the “Swim Wycombe Talent Programme” banner.

These sessions will be led by one of the Full Time WDSC Coaches and the partner clubs Head Coaches are expected to be present, in order to coach alongside the WDSC Coach in a Team environment.

Invited swimmers from each partner club (and invited WDSC Competitive Squad Swimmers) will be mixed up into varying stroke/distance groups and the coaching will be tailored to each group or age group etc.

Land training will also be provided after the swim session for 1 hour

This opportunity will cost each swimmer £3 per session (includes Land Training) – 50% reduction from Talent Top up due to “Passport to Performance Scheme” Partnership.

The number of swimmers invited to each “Partner Club Hub Session” will be determined by the number of clubs involved and the space available. This will be confirmed to each clubs Head Coach by WDSC before invites go out for the session.

*Wherever possible these Long Course Partner Club Hub Sessions will be arrange and communicated in advance at the start of the season (once fixtures are known)

Coach Education, Mentorship & Round Table Discussions

One of the aims of the “Swim Wycombe Talent Programme” is to facilitate opportunities for coaches to learn off each other and for WDSC & its partner clubs to work together on the running of courses, CPD opportunities etc. Information sharing and best practice will be at the heart of everything we do.
This opportunity extends to the Clubs Head Coaches, right down to the each clubs poolside helpers.
An exact calendar of mentorship and learning will be agreed with each club in the Swim Wycombe Talent Program

Joint Club Activities & Opportunities

Mini – Junior Development Meets at Wycombe Sports Centre – Saturday afternoons. An opportunity for WDSC and its partner clubs to provide localised competitive opportunities for 7 to 11 year olds in a fun, rewarding an inclusive environment.

  • Possibility for joint training camp initiatives for varying levels of swimmers
  • Joint Skills workshops

Link Program

Weekly Talent Top Up sessions for individuals only

  • Sunday morning Long Course session 07:00 – 09:00am
  • Sunday morning Performance Land Training Session 09:00 – 10:00am (at the new pool this session changes to Saturdays 05:45-07:45 & LT 8-9am)
  • Minimum standard: 2 National Times + 6% as an initial base standard. However specific standards to initially be agreed with each partner club by both Head Coaches.
  • Swimmers use this session as a “top up” to their home clubs training programme, similar to how the ASA Beacon programme works..
  • Swimmers don’t compete for WDSC
  • Swimmers dual register to WDSC for insurance and inclusion purposes
  • Swimmers pay £6 per session (Swim & Land Training) and commit to one quarters worth of training, with no commitment to continue (or be invited to continue) after this time. (Payments are taken in advance and for the whole quarter)
  • Swimmers will be invited to continue every quarter upon review with the WDSC Head Coach & Swimmers Home Coach
  • The Swimmers “home coach” is invited to work with the WDSC Head Coach at these sessions.

Notes & Conditions of Partnership & Link Club Programmes

A “Partner Club” is deemed a club that is actively working with the WDSC Coaching Team to develop relations and actively working towards (and sup porting) the pathway of talented swimmers from their club to Wycombe; through the “Passport to Performance Scheme”.

Participation in the program by individuals can be withdrawn, at the WDSC Head Coaches discretion at anytime.
Participation in the program by clubs can be withdrawn, at the joint WDSC Committee & WDSC Head Coach discretion at anytime.
The WDSC "Swim Wycombe Talent Program" (entire scheme) can be withdrawn at any time by the WDSC Committee.
The “standards” required for the “passport to Performance Scheme” will be determined per club, based on the current development of that club and the levels of swimmers currently being produced.
Partner clubs are expected to promote the partnership through notice boards, web sites and other communication methods in order to create openness and awareness.

Contact us today and make a difference to your performance!

Headcoach - Kevin Brooks
headcoach@wycombe-swimming.org.uk
or
swimadmin@wycombe-swimming.org.uk
or call our clubline: tel. 01494 410 075

A network which aims to develop local talent through partnerships that create opportunity, whilst enabling a smooth transition into a true performance training environment Interested in being part of the program?

Local Clubs

Please contact WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks to discuss the options available and how your club can link into Swim Wycombe and the 50m training time / support services on offer.

Swimmers

Speak to your coach to determine if this programme (Options 1 or 2) will be suitable for you. Alternatively, contact WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks to discuss the options available to you.