Competitive Age

For Age Group swimmers (up to 12yr).  The main focus is to increase stamina and endurance whilst maintaining stroke technique along with starts, turns and finishing skills – noting that increasing stamina requires a greater time commitment to training. 

Stroke technique is good, and swimmers are aiming to maintain technique over greater distances.  Skills for starts, turns, and finishes are good and efficient, but not consistently repeatable.  Swimmers in this squad are aiming to achieve 7.5m underwater with an efficient and streamlined transition.

The focus remains on training, but swimmers will begin to have specific targets for competitions.  Hence swimmers would need to compete in target galas throughout the year.  This will include relevant Norfolk ASA competitions, along with Club galas and Level 2 or 3 Open Meets.

Lead Coach: Stewart Park & James Russen

Overview

Competitive Age swimmers are expected to:

  • Be on poolside at least 10 minutes before the session to complete an efficient land warm up and be briefed before the session.
  • Regularly review their goals and objectives
  • Take responsibility for their own training and development
  • Be 100% committed in every training session
  • Bring their own goggles, kick board, pull buoy, water bottle, fins, paddles, and Norwich Swan hat (all available from the Club Shop) to training sessions

Training

Swimmers will be transitioning from “Stage 2: SwimSkills” to “Stage 3: Training To Train” of the Long Term Athlete Development Programme as they progress.

A greater time commitment to training is required to increase stamina, and hence it is recommended that you attend 4-5 sessions per week, along with a land training session.

Training becomes more specialised, but participation in other complementary sports will still be useful – especially if that sport promotes aerobic conditioning.

CA Squad Training Times 

Day

Time

Location

Coach

Monday (AM)

06:00 - 07:30

Hewett

Stewart Park

Monday

19:00 - 20:00

Riverside

James Russen

Tuesday

20:00 - 21:00

Hewett

Tina Bedder

Wednesday

19:15 - 20:45

Wymondham

James Russen

Thursday

18:30 - 19:30

Hewett

Stewart Park / Adam Crafer

Friday (AM)

05:30 - 07:00

UEA Sportspark (LC)

Stewart Park / Nikki Merrill

Friday

19:30 - 21:00

Wymondham

James Russen

Sunday

18:00 - 19:00

UEA Sportspark (LC)

James Russen


Land Training

Day

Time

Location

Coach

Tuesday

19:00 - 20:00

Hewett

Rui Rodrigues

Friday

18:50 - 19:20

Wymondham

Rui Rodrigues

Performance Reviews
Performance reviews will be carried out every six months to monitor swimmers’ progress.  Swimmers who are not meeting the criteria and expectations for the squad will be informed of this, and have a further three months to reach the required standard.  If swimmers are still not meeting the squad’s criteria after the three months, they will be moved to a more appropriate squad for their abilities and ambitions.

Squad Fees

  • £47 per month
  • Annual fees - £35 per year (or £56 for families) for membership and insurance (payable in January or upon joining club)
  • Each additional child in the family gets 20% discount on the lowest monthly squad fee. (The discount only applies to children in Squads not Learn to Swim)
  • Monthly fee covers all squad sessions (including land training)

Payment

Payments are due on the 1st of each month. Please set up auto pay by registering a credit or debit card against your account.  Fees on your account will then be automatically billed to your card on the 1st of each month.