Bronze Squad     Coach: Michelle George

Training Sessions and Location:

Monday

19:35-20:35

Cygnets Leisure Centre

Friday

19:00-20:30

North Kent College

Saturday

07:45-09:45

Cygnets Leisure Centre

Sunday

19:00-21:00

Cygnets Leisure Centre

Age Criteria:      Females 9-11

              Males 10-12

Attendance: Bronze has 6.5 hours of training per week, over 4 sessions a week.  Swimmers will need to attend a minimum of 3 sessions per WEEK to be considered for promotion.

Focus areas: Volume with technique and skills.  In Bronze swimmers will progressively extend the volume of their training.  This is a critical factor in relation to the long-term development of the swimmer.  To achieve this goal commitment and attendance is essential. 

There are 4 main areas of focus training is segregated into, technique, sprint and lactate, quality and mixed and endurance.  Whilst emphasis progresses onto training volume, attention is still placed onto stroke work and ensuring technique is maintained through their growth and development and whilst completing increasingly intense sessions.

Discipline: Swimmers behaviour, ability and attitude towards training will be taken into consideration and will be a deciding factor as to whether a swimmer progresses to the next squad.  Swimmers will also need to demonstrate good lane etiquette and courtesy to other swimmers in the lane and in the club.

Swimmers in this squad should be able to:

  • Swim a 2000m set with efficient style and technique
  • Achieve an 800m continuous swim (minimum entry requirement)
  • Attend club competitions when invited (e.g. Millennium League, Medway’s, Arena League)
  • Perform correct starts, turns and finishes in all strokes and relay takeovers
  • Competent in performing drills in all four strokes
  • Understand and use a pace clock
  • Have an awareness of the rules of the sport
  • Comply and complete a land and water warm up and cool down
  • Compete in our annual club championships
  • Compete in monthly timed swims

Training targets to achieve to be considered for promotion to Silver:

  1. 12 x 100 Freestyle target time 1:45-50 turnaround time 2:00
  2. 12 x 100 IM target time 2:00 turnaround time 2:15
  3. 4 x 200 Freestyle target time 3:30-40 turnaround time 4:00
  4. 4 x 200 IM target time 4:00 turnaround time 4:20
  5. T1000 target sub 16 minutes

NOTE: These are guidelines, and are at the coach’s discretion