Development Squad



This squad is for swimmers who:

  • Desire to continue personal development.
  • Have the support of parents/guardians.
  • Are competent in Frontcrawl and Backstroke.
  • Can complete a 100m swim on Frontcrawl and Backstroke without stopping in accordance with Swim England law.
  • Can complete 25m of Breaststroke with good understanding of the stroke laws.
  • Are competent at Butterfly kick and have a good understand of full stroke.
  • Can perform tumble turns and hold the Swim England competitive start award. 

Progressing to:

  • Improved efficiency in Frontcrawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke.
  • Competing 25m Butterfly to ASA law.
  • Being able to swim 2 x 100m Ind Medley with 60 secs rest to Swim England law.
  • Being able to swim 200m Frontcrawl with correct start and turns without stopping.

Entry into DEVELOPMENT SQUAD is by trial or by coach decision


The primary objective of this squad are:

  • To learn the skills involved in swimming by developing each of the four strokes as well as the core element of body control, feel for the water, and stable movement patterns.

All objectives of this squad are in line with the Swim England Long Term Athletic Development plan:

Stage 1 – FUNdamental

  • The emphasis is on developing basic movement literacy and fundamental movement skills.  The skills to be developed are the ABSs (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed.  No periodisation will take place, but a well-structured programme with proper stroke, skill progression will be implemented.

Moving into Stage 2.

Stage 2 – SwimSkills: Building technique!

Focusing on the young swimmer - learning how to train and develop skills of the sport.  Learning basic technical/tactical skills and ancillary capacities, including the following :

  • Develop and improve Stroke technique on all four competitive strokes.
  • Learn basic stroke drill progressions of all four competitive strokes.
  • Practice IM swimming sets.
  • Learn and perfect starts, turns, and finishes on all four competitive strokes and IM turns.
  • Independently monitor training by using the pace clock.
  • Complete a well-balanced training programme that includes varied pace swims, basic swimming speed, pacing, and overdistance swims.
  • Starting to learn the rules of the sport.
  • Increase the distance covered in training sessions to improve endurance.
  • Participate in club time trials, performing a variety of strokes and distances.
  • Participate in local fun galas, meets, at a relevant level.
  • Learn and practice basic stretching.
  • Take responsibility for training equipment required at each training session (see list below).

If insufficient time is devoted to training Stages 1 & 2 then it is highly unlikely the young swimmer will reach their full potential. 

Swimmers are expected to follow ALL aspects of the programme and to conduct themselves like an athlete in all aspects of their daily life.

Basic Weekly Training Schedule: 

The basic weekly training schedule currently has 5 sessions including one at Jubilee Sports Centre on a Tuesday.  This schedule will be posted on the closed facebook page and Team Feed each week by Friday.  Parents should check this each week as the schedule is subject to change. 

There will be additional sessions included where necessary.


There are 5 available sessions and swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 3 sessions per week with at least one morning. Parents should note that to gain maximum benefit from the programme swimmers need to be achieving an attendance of at least 3 sessions per week.


Swimmers are to compete at competitions as directed by Squad Coach/Head Coach only, Development Squad swimmers are invited and actively encouraged to compete at City of Southampton Swimming Club’s Club Championships, which are held November each year and the Level 3-4 Open Meets the club runs.


Swimmers should arrive punctually for training and should be enthusiastic to do so. Swimmers should aim to complete each and every session (especially morning sessions) and arrange transport to enable them to do so.

Squad Fees

Fees are payable monthly by Go Cardless


At this level, swimmers are expected to have their own equipment in a mesh bag.  Swimmers should arrive punctually for training with the following equipment properly adjusted and in good working order prior to the start of each session.

Training Equipment:

  • Swimming costume or trunks
  • Towel
  • Goggles (preferably 2 x Pairs)
  • Club Swim hat (if worn)
  • Pullbuoy Float 
  • Kickboard
  • Drinks bottle (700ml)
  • Fins
  • Hand Paddles (small size)
  • Skipping rope
  • Snorkel (finis-type)

Competition Equipment:

  • Racing Costume or trunks to be worn in races only
  • Club Swim Hat (worn both in warm-ups, competition and swim downs)
  • Training Swimming costume or trunks to be worn in Warm-Up & Swim Down
  • 2 x Towels
  • 2 x Pairs of Goggles
  • City of Southampton Swim hat (to be worn by ALL swimmers)
  • City of Southampton SC Red Tee Shirt.
  • Black Shorts (any brand)
  • At least 2 x Drinks bottle (700ml)
  • Snacks - fruit, veggies or other healthy snack for between races)