Squad structure


Squad structure


Our Club Coaches performed a detailed review of our squad structure in 2018 and have developed an exciting pathway to benefit the long term athlete development of all swimmers. This was revised in June 2022 to reflect the progress the Club has made since 2018.


Our ACADEMY squad takes those swimmers that have passed, or meet the standard of, Stage 7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim pathway and starts them on their Club journey. The Squad follows the criteria for Stage 8 of the Swim England Pathway.

JUNIOR 1&2 follow the Swim England "Learn to Swim" pathway and then prepare the swimmer for competitive swimming, including racing dives and relay takeovers.

The Club also offers a Fast Track programme for swimmers aged 11+ who are at the Swim England stages 8, 9 and 10 of development. As these swimmers are older they are able to grasp concepts and develop at a faster rate towards competitive swimming. Once they meet the necessary criteria they will progress to Junior 2.

COMPETITIVE - Kettering ASC is a competitive swimming club and this squad is for those swimmers taking their first steps in competition. The Club enters a number of galas and "Open Meets" to meet the requirements of all swimmers, and a number of our Competitive squad swimmers race at County level and above.


Once a swimmer has met the development criteria of the Competitive squad they progress to Performance 1 for the next stage of their development.

The progression pathway can be seen below, and squad criteria can be found here


Diagram showing the squad structure and progression


After Performance 1 swimmers have a choice in terms of their progression. The Excel squad requires a commitment to prioritise swimming over other sports and to attend all training sessions (unless excused for a valid reason). Performance 2 is the squad for swimmers that still want to progress on their journey without making the commitment to Excel, whilst Performance 3 allows swimmers to remain in the Club, continue competing, but reduce their training programme to just 3 x 1 hour sessions each week.

At each stage of development and progression the number of sessions, intensity and hours of training, increases.

Click here for the training schedule, which involves pool time and strength & conditioning (land) training.


Masters train up to twice per week, and our Water Polo squad is available for those that want to try "the world's toughest sport"!