Development & Junior

Development Squad Training Times

Mondays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursdays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sundays (inc. land training) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Development Squad have a choice of 2 out of 3 sessions.  When selecting your sessions, please note that our swimming week ALWAYS starts on a Sunday.

Junior Squad Training Times

Mondays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursdays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fridays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sundays (inc. land training) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Junior Squad have a choice of 3 out of 5 sessions.  When selecting your sessions, please note that our swimming week ALWAYS starts on a Sunday.

 

Junior and Development Squads are currently coached by Bill Babb​, Mike Marston, Tracey Walburn​, Hannah Kearns​, Shara Hunterand Helen Rowe​, working together.

 

 

Nutrition – After a long day at school you are bound to be hungry but eating within 90 minutes of swimming is not ideal. However we know you will want something to eat, so to top up your fuel reserves before training a muesli bar, banana, yoghurt or an apple is ideal to give you energy to engage in a productive and rewarding session. Did you know that bananas contain potassium which makes you more resistant to fatigue?

 

Flexibility – It is a desirable attribute that you arrive at least 10 minutes poolside before the session starts to commence your flexibility exercises. Poolside warm up is essential to avoid injury, which we are obviously keen to avoid.

 

Hydration – Please bring a 1 litre bottle of water or weak squash to sessions. Throughout the session continue to take sips during rest periods of the set. Not drinking enough (dehydration) can cause fatigue; muscle cramps & reduced physical performance. So to get the best out of your body please drink the litre of fluid and refrain from needlessly wasting it!

 

Kit – To facilitate your stroke development and fitness the use of kick boards, pull buoys and fins will be used during sessions. These can be purchased from Debbie & Brett Frampton in our Swim Shop or email theframptons@btinternet.com

 

Training – During our sessions will we be working on developing excellent technique in all four strokes as well as starts, turns and finishing skills. A multi stroke approach to training and competition will not only reduce the likelihood of injury but hopefully ensure you remain interested and that swimming continues to be fun! It is also a good idea to participate in other sports. I know many of you dance, do gymnastics, play football, rugby, cricket and run. These and other sports complement each other for you to be the best you can in physical activities.

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Please use the toilet before training and inform your lane coach/coach if you need to leave the pool during training. However, please ensure this doesn’t become an excuse.
  • Always swim to the wall on completion of a set and practice turns as instructed.
  • Do not stop in the lane, you may get injured, or cause injury to other lane swimmers.
  • Do not pull on lane ropes this is totally unacceptable or sit on the lane ropes as this may injure other swimmers and damage the ropes.
  • Please keep your head above the water with your feet on the shallow end pool floor, similarly whilst in deep end you must remain on the surface and listen at all times to your lane coach/coach.
  • It is great to see you have formed great friendships with fellow swimmers but can we please ask you that whilst in the changing rooms you simply get showered and changed and do not mess around. Bad behaviour in the changing rooms or within the Centre will not be tolerated. We should respect each other, and each, others property.