KENT WEALD SWIM SQUAD

About Us - Youth and Age Group

Kent Weald S.S. was set up in Spring 2017. It includes the following Associated Clubs (in addition to masters members and other individual members):

  • Beachfield Swimming Squad – beachfieldswim.net who are based in the Isle of Sheppey and train in Sheerness and Leysdown.
  • Gravesend and Northfleet Swimming Club – gnsc.co.uk who are based in Gravesend and train in pools in Gravesend and Northfleet.
  • Tonbridge Swimming Club – tonbridgeswimmingclub.co.uk who are based in Tonbridge and train in the Tonbridge and surrounding areas.

Tonbridge Swimming Club, Gravesend and Northfleet Swimming Club and Beachfield Swim Squad continue to flourish in their own names and unchanged from before but with the added benefits and opportunities offered by being formally associated with Kent Weald S.S.

That said, membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. Membership of another club (associated or otherwise), is NOT required.

A copy of our Constitution is here: /kwss/UserFiles/Image/QuickUpload/kwss-constitution-rev-jan-2020-clean-version-approved-by-se_012222.pdf 

What Kent Weald S.S. offers / why It exists:

It was identified that smaller, ambitious clubs sometimes lacked the numbers and commercial resources to achieve more success or offer the opportunities they thought their swimmers deserved.

Benefits include using the joint resources of clubs in a better / more coordinated / joined up / commercially efficient way to plan more:

  • Events ( swimming, social and educational)
  • Swim clinics
  • Camps
  • Pool time
  • Long Course training

 

Kent Weald S.S. will enter selected events, sourcing swimmers from its membership, and thus being able to compete at a higher level and with more success. 

It is important however to understand that Kent Weald S.S. exists ultimately for the benefit of all swimmers and not just elite swimmers from each club.

The intention is to offer more opportunities than currently exist to all levels of swimmers and not compromise on the existing.

Please also check out our Masters Page. Again, any Masters swimmer may join KWSS even if not a member of an Associated Club or indeed any other club!

Obligations of clubs being Associated with Kent Weald S.S.

There are Bylaws that each Associated Club is asked to approve within their own constitution to energetically and actively promote:

  • more mutual opportunities to all members of Associated Clubs such as:
    • allowing cross training between clubs where space allows
    • offering places on clinics / LC training / camps etc… as possible
  • sharing of costs and effort
  • avoiding conflict

Competitions that Kent Weald S.S. participate in:

As from 2018 it is: The National Arena Swimming League (NASL) South (2 teams - one in the premier division and one in  div 2 East) and Regional Relays. One team in the Kent Junior League (divison 1).


In 2017 KWSS were promoted at their first attempt to Division 1 of the National Arena League South. In 2019 the Green team was promoted to the Premier League. The Black team came in the top half of Div 2 East. KWSS will enter at least one Kent Junior Leaue team in the years to follow.

In 2019 the KWSS KJL team was promoted to div. 1. KWSS will host a number of Open Meets at various levels 1-4 over the coming years. A joint BFDS and TONS team has entered the lower level "Millennium League" in recent years. This team may be rebranded as KWSS in years to come (tbc). We may enter a second team in the KJL if we have sufficient numbers in future years.

The list of age group and youth competitions that Kent Weald S.S. will enter will be subject to ongoing development and review.

Membership:

All members of Associated Clubs are entitled to free membership of Kent Weald S.S. on the basis that they retain their current membership of their first choice club and thus their Swim England registration. Anyone who wishes to join Kent Weald S.S. who does not retain a membership of another club (which pays their Swim England fees) will be charged an appropriate membership fee as agreed from time to time.

 

Kim Harris: [email protected]

Keith Roshier: [email protected]

John King: [email protected]

Glen Isaacs: [email protected]