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Sevenoaks Swimming Club; Squad Structure, Age Profile & Progression

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Squad Structure Visual

 

Squad Structure Pathways with Age/YOB Profile

Please note that this is only a visual representation of the age profiles within the squad structure.

 

Squad/Pathway Descriptions & Swimmer Profiles

Squad

Pathway

Swimmer/Squad Profile & Aims

Lead Coach

Youth Performance

Performance

Multiple Regional Finalist -> International Medallist

Keiron Piper

Age Group Performance

Performance

Regional Qualifier - English Nationals Qualifier/Finalist/Medallist

Jon Yates

Youth Development 1

Competitive

County Qualifier – Regional Finalist / English National Qualifier

Fiona Leeson

Youth Development 2

Competitive

County/Potential County Qualifier

Alexandra Reed

Age Group Development 1

Competitive

Multiple Kent County Qualifier & Emerging Regional Qualifier

Paddy Ham

Age Group Development 2

Competitive

Potential Kent County Qualifier

Tom Jaques

Competitive Development

Competitive

Academy Graduate & District Level Swimmer

Kenny Hickey

Junior Development

Competitive

Academy Graduate & Potential Kent County Qualifier

Jo King

Oaks Academy Gold

Competitive

Able to complete 8-1200m in a session, holding good skills, turns, etc

Kendra Tovey

Oaks Academy Silver

Competitive

Able to complete 5-800m in a session, developing skills, turns, etc

Sarah Kew

Oaks Academy Bronze

Competitive

Minnows Graduate, Stage 6/7 Swim England Learn To Swim Award

Keiron Piper & Alan Londesborough

Club Squad

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Fitness swimming with technical development

Jake Potter

Minnows

Learn to Swim

(Current) LTS Stages 1-6/7

Fiona Leeson

 

Squad Criteria (Entry, Retention) & Training Expectations

The squad criteria is used as a guidance tool for swimmers, parents & coaches to best ensure that swimmers placed within the most appropriate squad/pathway for their long term development. Squad moves take place in September, for the start of the season, and in February after the Kent County Championships. Should further moves need to take place outside of these times then the Coaching Team will do so on an individual and ad-hoc basis.

The Head Coach has set this criteria based on Kent/Regional Qualification Standards, English/British National standard and how swimmers progress through or up to each of these milestones. The Head Coach also utilises the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) & OADF (Optimal Athlete Development Framework) models employed by Swim England & British Swimming to best ensure athlete development. Coach discretion and decision will always be considered; for example, physical, emotional, cognitive, physiological and technical maturation/development/potential may contribute towards a squad allocation decision. The Head Coach’s decision is final.

Squad

Criteria; Squad Entry

Criteria; Squad Retention

Training Expectation

Youth Performance

  • 3x SER Youth Automatic Times or 5x SER Youth Consideration Times (or combination of both)
  • Potential to compete at British/English Summer National Championships &/or British Swimming Championships (April)
  • Meeting Coach attendance expectation (with strong attendance shown in previous squad)
  • Strong technical foundations
  • Ability to meet training expectations and to balance educational pressures with demands of the sport
  • Coachable, Respectful, Honest, Responsible & Hard Working
  • Improving and/or maintaining Squad Entry Criteria for SER Youth Championships, whilst attaining qualification for SER Winter Championships, English/British Summer National Championships &/or British Swimming Championships (April).
  • Meeting Coach attendance expectation that is progressive year-on-year.
  • Progressing in training performance level, and in technical proficiency.
  • Continuing to show behaviours expected of a performance athlete: Coachable, Respectful, Responsible, Hard Working and taking ownership for own training and performances.
  • Building an understanding for the demands and processes of race day; be it at a swim-through or target meet.
  • Agreed with coach; average of 6-8 sessions per week (including pre/post land work and additional land training sessions) based upon age, training history/ability, performance level and goals.
  • Ability to train 6-8 sessions per week consistently throughout busy periods of the season where multiple meets are taking place.
  • Consistent weekly land training/gym session attendance to support pool program.

Age Group Performance

  • 3x SER Age Group Automatic/Consideration Times (or potential for) as a qualifier (i.e. racing at the meet).
  • Demonstrating potential to gain further qualification times across multiple events/strokes/distances at the Kent County & South East Regional Championships.
  • Meeting Coach attendance expectation (with strong attendance shown in previous squad)
  • Ability to meet training expectations
  • Good technical foundations
  • Coachable, Respectful, Honest & Hard Working
  • Improving and/or maintaining Squad Entry Criteria for SER Age Group Championships, or showing marked improvement towards achieving these targets.
  • Demonstrating potential to gain further qualification times across multiple events/strokes/distances at South East Regional or English National meets.
  • A proven record of racing across all four strokes (200m) and 400m+ events.
  • Continuing to perform at expected levels of the squad, improving training ability/loads each season.
  • Agreed with coach; average of 5 sessions per week, 6 before moving into the next squad.
  • Attendance at land training average of 2 times per month

Youth Development 1

  • Kent County Qualifier, with the aspirations or ability to qualify for Regional and National level.
  • Demonstrating potential to gain further qualification times at Kent County Championship Level.
  • Meeting Coach attendance expectation (with consistent attendance shown in previous squad)
  • Ability to meet training expectations
  • Coachable, Respectful, Honest & Hard Working
  • Improving and/or maintaining Squad Entry Criteria for Kent County Championships
  • Continuing to perform at expected levels of the squad, improving training ability/loads each season as determined by the Squad Lead Coach
  • Agreed with Squad Lead Coach; maintaining a consistent weekly average attendance including land training; 4-5 sessions per week.
  • Weekly attendance determined by swimmer age, training history/ability, performance level and goals.

Youth Development 2

  • Kent County Qualifier or potential to achieve a Qualification  Time.
  • Demonstrating good technical foundations, and a willingness to improve technically and aerobically.
  • Consistent attendance shown in previous squad and a consistent attendance at meets.
  • Improving and/or maintaining Squad Entry Criteria for Kent County Championships.
  • Continuing to learn/adapt race craft by attending allocated squad meets.
  • Continuing to perform at expected levels of the squad, improving training ability/loads each season.
  • Agreed with Squad Lead Coaches; maintain a consistent weekly average to support development.
  • This should result in an average attendance of 2.5 training sessions per week.

Age Group Development 1

  • 3x Kent County Qualification Times (or progression towards) and the Potential for South East Regional Qualification.
  • Good, consistent attendance in previous squad.
  • Strong meet attendance/history across multiple strokes/events/distances
  • Demonstrating good technical foundations, and a willingness to improve technically and aerobically.
  • County Qualification/Multiple County Qualifier (potentially regional), good attendance in previous squad, technical and racing potential
  • Portraying good coachable behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful, Listening.
  • Consistently good attendance and coachable behaviours that contribute towards developing aerobic capacity, technical improvements and attaining Kent County Qualification Times.
  • Beginning to build a proven record of racing across all four strokes (200m) and 400m+ events.
  • Continuing to perform at expected levels of the squad, improving training ability/loads each season.
  • Weekly average of 4 sessions per week (more if dictated by Squad Lead Coach).
  • Average attendance of 2 land training sessions per month.

Age Group Development 2

  • 1x Kent County Qualification Time or potential to achieve.
  • Good, consistent attendance in previous squad and a strong meet attendance across multiple strokes.
  • Good technical foundations.
  • Portraying developed coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening.
  • Consistently good attendance and coachable behaviours that contribute towards developing aerobic capacity, technical improvements and attaining Kent County Qualification Times.
  • Beginning to build a proven record of racing across all four strokes (1/200m) and 200 IM.
  • Weekly average of 3.5 session per week (more if dictated by Squad Lead Coach). Average of 4+ before moving into the next squad.
  • Average attendance of 2 land training sessions per month.

Competitive Development

  • Competitive swimmer who wishes to race and/or train in a competitively focussed environment.
  • Fair attendance in previous squad.
  • Willing to continue improving technical ability.
  • Portraying fairly developed coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening.
  • Consistent attendance that contributes towards developing technical and racing skills.
  • Beginning to build a proven racing profile by attending squad allocated meets.
  • Consistent attendance to best enable technical and speed development, as advised by Squad Lead Coach.

Junior Development

  • Oaks Academy Gold Graduate/Appropriate squad from external club/school/swim school.
  • Good attendance in previous squad.
  • Attending squad allocated meets and showing potential for Kent County Qualification.
  • Portraying fairly developed coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening.
  • Consistently good attendance to improve technique, racing skills & aerobic capacity.
  • Beginning to develop racing experience at different meets and across different strokes/distances/events.
  • Further developing coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening
  • Weekly average of 2.5 sessions per week (more if dictated by Squad Lead Coach), 3+ before moving into the next squad.
  • Consistently good attendance to improve technique, speed & aerobic capacity. Beginning with exposure to race experience.

Oaks Academy Gold

  • Oaks Academy Silver Graduate/Appropriate squad from external club/school/swim school
  • Able to complete 8-1200m in a session whilst displaying consistently good technical skills expected of junior competitive swimmers; as expressed in Swim England Learn to Swim Stages 9 & 10
  • Consistent attendance
  • Consistently showing competent turns across all strokes
  • Beginning to attend allocated squad meets to begin race exposure/experience
  • Continuing to develop coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening
  • Consistently good attendance to improve technical foundations & skills.
  • Recommended average of 2 sessions per week.

Oaks Academy Silver

  • Oaks Academy Bronze Graduate/Appropriate squad from external club/school/swim school
  • Able to complete 6-800m in a session whilst displaying consistently good technical skills; as expressed in Swim England Learn to Swim Stages 8 & 9
  • Consistent attendance
  • Beginning to complete competent turns across all strokes
  • Continuing to develop coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening
  • Consistently good attendance to improve technical foundations & skills.
  • Recommended average of 2 sessions per week.

Oaks Academy Bronze

  • Minnows Graduate/Appropriate squad from external club/school/swim school
  • Completed Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 6 and/or 7 Award (age/experience/swim school dependant)
  • Consistent attendance
  • Beginning to develop coachable and respectful behaviours; Polite, Hard Working, Respectful & Listening
  • Consistently good attendance to improve technical foundations & skills.
  • Recommended average of 2 sessions per week.

Club Squad

  • Ability to complete 1500m within a 1 hour training session
  • Competent to train with the group; working to improve technical ability and aerobic capacity
  • Willing to work, improve and be respectful to the coaches and training group
  • Consistent attendance to uphold fitness and technical development