Brompton Swimming Club is comprised of 6 swimming squads. At the heart of the club are the age group and youth sections, headed up by the National squad. Every swimmer in this squad will aim to compete at a National and Regional level. Developing technique, strength, stamina and speed are the swimmers in the Regional squad. Every swimmer in this squad is expected to compete at a County level and target Regional qualification. Swimmers at County level are aiming specifically at the County championships.
The Academy squad is our entry level, split into Academy 1 (AS1) and Academy 2 (AS2), where swimmers develop their technical skills to prepare them for competition. Swimmers in the Academy are expected to swim in the club championships and County development galas as well as a number of external open meets.
We also operate a Pre-squad (PS) where young swimmers who are not quite ready can hone their skills under the tutelage of experienced coaches. This is limited to 12 swimmers and demand is high.
Lastly, we run a Masters section designed for accomplished swimmers over 25 who want to keep fit and possibly compete in Open Water, Triathlon or Masters Swimming Competitions. Brompton Masters swim two mornings a week from 6.30 am for an hour.
Criteria for entry into the club can be found through the entry criteria link on our Join BSC page.
Academy Squad (AS1 & AS2)
This is the entry level squad. All new swimmers accepted into the club start off here unless assessed otherwise. Academy swimmers are working to achieve the County Squad criteria. The focus in this squad is to improve all stroke technique, all race skill and to prepare them for competitive swimming. All swimmers must have an enthusiastic attitude toward competitions, training and coaches.
Ages: 8 years and older.
Commitment: A minimum of two sessions per week are required. This is the absolute bare minimum to enable progress and improvements at a development level. All swimmers must attend the Club Championships which are currently held twice a year.
Graduation: Academy swimmers will be invited to the County Development Squad when they achieve the minimum standards as laid out in the respective squad criteria, acquire a suitable standard of racing skills, and obtain a satisfactory level of competition experience.
County Development Squad (CDS)
This squad is for those interested in competing to County levels. The focus of this squad is to encourage continued competitive growth and to continue to build on stroke technique and improve fitness and stamina levels. All swimmers need to be enthusiastic about training and competing for external events, supportive of other swimmers, and respectful of coaches.
Ages: 11 years and older.
Commitment: Minimum of three pool training sessions per week (Dryland not included) is an expectation. Swimmers are urged to attend as many sessions as they can. All squad members must at least represent the club at one external competition per school term -- this means a minimum of three external open competitions in a year (excluding Club Champs). All swimmers must attend the Club Championships which are currently held twice a year. They are also expected to compete in the County Development and Age Group Championships. In total this would see the swimmer compete in 10 weekends of competition a year.
Criteria: To maintain their position within the squad, swimmers will need to achieve the pre-requisites as laid out in the County Development Squad Criteria.
Regional Development Squad (RDS)
This squad is a focused competitive squad with the clear goal in mind of achieving Regional Qualification times.
Ages: 12 years or older.
Commitment: All swimmers must have prior competition experience. An expected attendance per week of 4 sessions minimum and must attend at least one dry land session. All swimmers must be at a County level aiming for Regional Qualification. All swimmers must attend the County Championships and the Club Championships which are currently held twice a year. Swimmers will be required to swim for the club at any competitions and leagues for which they qualify, as recommended and advised by the Head Coach. Promotion into National squad will be by invitation only at the discretion of the Head Coach, after selection criteria has been obtained.
Swimmers in Regional Development Squad should maintain a positive attitude towards other swimmers, coaches, officials and parents at both training and competitions at all times.
National Development Squad (NDS)
Each swimmer should aspire to achieve a Regional Qualification in more than one discipline within 8 months of joining the squad and should have a National Qualification goal in mind to achieve by the following season. Swimmers must have the maturity to manage their own log books and always lead by example. These swimmers MUST act as role models for both younger and inexperienced swimmers in the club. At all times, swimmers in National squad should maintain a positive attitude towards other swimmers, coaches, officials and parents at both training and competitions at all times.
To stay in this squad, swimmers must maintain a strong forward progression. They will have to continuously improve their personal best times in their best event and achieved at a licensed meet. If swimmers aren’t showing sufficient progression or attendance drops below 7 sessions a week, they may be moved back to Regional squad until desired commitment and improvement has been displayed.
Ages: 14 years or older.
Criteria: All swimmers must have prior competition experience. All swimmers must be at a County level aiming for Regional and National Qualifications. All swimmers must attend the Club Championships which are currently held twice a year. Swimmers will be required to swim for the club at any competitions and leagues for which they qualify, as recommended and advised by the Head Coach. Promotion into National squad will be by invitation only at the discretion of the Head Coach, after selection criteria has been obtained.
Commitment: Average a minimum of 10 hours training per week spread over the course of each month (dryland included). During exam periods the minimum training requirement is halved.
Brompton Swimming Club is focused on developing elite swimmers at County, Regional and National levels.
Our offering to Masters swimmers is to develop stroke, strength and fitness principally in athletes focused on Masters Pool competition, Open Water or even Triathlon.
We are not a learn to swim organisation and would expect our Masters swimmers to achieve a minimum standard of 2.5 km per hour on front crawl. We coach all four strokes but with a focus on front crawl.
We welcome new members to this small but committed group for the two sessions we offer a week. These are at 6.30 - 7.30 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Fulham Pools. If nothing else it’s a great way to start your day.
As the year warms, there will be opportunities for outdoor swimming with the group.
Squad representatives are appointed to help disseminate information and gain feedback from the various squads.
Feel free to mail them about any concern or query specifically relating to a squad.
County development squad
Regional development squad
National development squad