Sprinters Squad Criteria

Squad coach – Janet Hopkins


Squad representative

There is a squad representative for each squad who is the first point of contact for parents for any questions. They also send out any relevant information for the squad. You will be given the details of your representative when entering the squad.


Sprinters is the second of the Development squads (the next squad up from Cruisers)

Entry is normally from Cruisers although occasionally swimmers can enter the club directly into Sprinters if they have prior experience, after assessment by the squad coach.

Squad aims

Sprinters will acquire improved stroke skills, starts and turns.

Stamina will also be developed by attending more sessions and an increase in training volume but the emphasis is still mainly on technique skill development.

Progress and other important information is recorded in the personal logbook which was introduced in Cruisers

Entry into Sprinters

Movement between squads (squad changes) are decided upon at coaches meetings primarily by the Cruisers and Sprinters coaches. If in doubt i.e. the coaches disagree, the normal course of action is for a swimmer not to be moved. In reality this just means that the move is delayed to a subsequent meeting and this is preferable (for coach and swimmer) to having to put a swimmer down again because they cannot cope.

Progression through Sprinters

As with Cruisers, Sprinters sessions are graded in lanes where possible. As swimmers progress it is expected that they will acquire further proficiency in all four strokes so that they will eventually be capable of executing a legal 200 IM. The Preliminary Competitive Start Award is usually achieved at this stage which enables swimmers to execute a legal racing start in shallow water. Swimmers should also become more aware of their personal best times (PBs) as these will eventually be used to individualise training sets.

Training attendance

The main training night is a Thursday night at Northcroft. It is suggested that Sprinters train for 3 sessions a week.

Monthly timings take place on the first Thursday of each month, with the stroke rotating each month (freestyle/back/breast/fly). This enables both swimmers and coaches to track their improvement and can give times they can use to enter competitions (where the competition conditions allow).

Competition attendance

This is a competitive swimming club. When moving into Sprinters children are expected to begin competing.

At a minimum Sprinters should be entering all internal galas, the Newbury ‘Wilkie’ Open Meet and one or two of the external galas offered during the year.

Children in this squad may be called upon to swim in the Arena or Thames Valley leagues that the club enters.

There is a gala guide on the website which informs you about competing in open meets, leagues and progression from Counties to Regional to Nationals.

Kit Required

Club Kit Policy