W&DSC - Athlete Pathway
Swimmers progress through the club primarily according to ability, but also taking into account age/stage of development and commitment to training/competition. W&DSC's Athlete Pathway can be found here and details our Squad Structures, giving an indication of the age-range and training commitment expected in each squad.
Athlete Pathway 2018 onwards
W&DSC welcomes children from 6 years of age through to Master’s swimmers. Our current squads are organised to ensure they reflect more readily the ASA Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD); a diagram of this can be found on our website and noticeboard. Swimmers progress through the club primarily according to ability, but also taking into account age/stage of development and commitment to training/competition. The athlete pathway diagram gives an indication of the age-range and the training commitment expected in each squad. Under the direction of the Head Coach, the coaching team meet regularly to discuss swimmer progress, achievement and movement between squads, which normally takes place in January, April and September. In relation to squad allocations and changes, the Head Coach decision is final and the following aspects, amongst many others, are taken into consideration:
Ability and meeting criteria for squad
Age and stage of biological development
Commitment to galas and club activities
New swimmers aged 8 and over are assessed at a swimming trial, the dates of which are advertised on the website and W&DSC Notice Board; swimmers with suitable ability and potential may be offered a place in an appropriate squad subject to places being available.
When a swimmer joins their squad they will be given a letter which details: the aims and goals of that squad, the times, hours and locations for training sessions, requirements to move into that squad and the name of their lead coach and assistant coach.