Development Objectives

This squad will have a continued emphasis on aerobic conditioning, a greater individualisation of fitness and technical training. Focus of sessions will be on the refining of skills for optimum future performance, with the training predominantly of medium volume and high skill sets. Swimmers will work through a triple periodised season which run inline with counties, regionals and end of season target meets. If insufficient time is devoted to this stage then it is highly unlikely the young swimmer will reach their full potential. One of the main reasons athletes plateau during the later stages of their careers is because of an over-emphasis on competition instead of optimising training during this very important stage. Swimmers will also be encouraged to develop and show key attributes of the OADF framework.

A link to the squad flyer is here

Squad Criteria

  • Aspiring regional qualifiers.
  • Competition age 13 yrs and under. 
  • Must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance across the year. All morning attendance is compulsory. Swimmers who fall behind on attendance will be directed to an alternative squad. 
  • Must show multiple emerging OADF characteristics.
  • Swimmers must show a clear desire to compete.
  • All swimmers are subject to a 3-month rolling review period.
  • Black club hats only for training and competition.
  • Expected to arrive 15 mins prior to the start of training.
  • Expected to carry out mobility and stretching, before and after training/ competition
  • Must attend training the night before and after every competition.
  • Must only compete in competitions listed on the club’s calendar.
  • Must report to the coach before and after every race.
  • Expected to complete full warm-up and swim-down protocols.
  • Expected to take part in every race and final entered unless notified by the Head Coach.
  • Contact the coach if absent or unable to fulfil criteria.
  • Appropriate reasonable adjustments will be made for para athletes.  Please contact Head Coach.


Swimmers should arrive with the following kit and equipment properly adjusted and in good working order;