SWIMMING DEVELOPMENT SQUADS

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Our competitive squads provide a pathway for swimmers to develop and remain within the competitive arena of the sport.

TSWPC along with the Pelican Centre encourages swimmers to continue their development by having the opportunity to attend 2 sessions per week.

Once the swimmer makes the decision to move from the Pelican Academy to the club they are then registered as a member of Swim England (National Governing Body), the swimmers progress through the club development programme in the following order:

  • Link Development Squad
  • Junior Development Squad
  • Swim Team

If the swimmer wishes to further develop and become a ‘competitive’ swimmer then the club can introduce them to a local swimming squads and increase the number of sessions they attend per week. Additional squad sessions outside of the TSWPC programmes are considered by the Head Coach based upon swim times and technical ability.

Our swimmers progress is continually monitored in the form of Quarterly Assessments (Time Trials). These assessments give the Coaches & Teachers information on each child’s strengths and areas for improvement. Promotion within each development programme will see your child move from lane 5 to 1.

Promotion is based on attendance, ability, application, times, attitude and completion of the quarterly assessments.

Membership

Download & Print the form and hand in at the Pelican Centre
Addressed To Diane Stafford

Link Development

Stage 8

Link Development

Link Development Squad:

Once you progress from the Pelican Academy you will be asked to join TSWPC.  The Link Development Squad will continue to focus on your child techniques of the 4 main strokes whilst introducing Starts and Turns to ensure the Swim England standards are maintained. The swimmers are also introduced to basic work with Pace/Lane Clock.

By the end of Stage 8 participants will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 400 metres (e.g.16 x 25 metres, 8 x 50 metres, 4 x 100metres) on a specific turnaround time agreed by the teacher/coach (e.g. 1.00min for each 25 metres) with a focus on stroke consistency.
  • Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres backstroke with/without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres breaststroke with/without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres butterfly without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres front crawl with/without using a board.
  • Perform a backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a front crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a dive track or grab start, and kick butterfly underwater in a streamlined position for 5m with the focus on progressing it to 10m.*

* Delivery of the Start outcomes will depend on the pool design and facilities available.

Junior Development

Stage 9

Junior Development

Junior Development Squad:

The JD squad continue to develop their swimmer’s strokes, techniques, starts and turns in accordance with Swim England standards

Once the swimmer is promoted to Lane 3 the club is likely to encourage the swimmer to further develop their swimming by increasing their water time.  The club may then discuss with the parents how to access the extra water time by attending Squad training.

By the end of Stage 9 participants will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 800 metres (either 16 x 50 metres; 8 x 100 metres; 4 x 200 metres) on a specific turnaround time as agreed by the teacher/ coach (e.g. 1.30 min for 50 metres) with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Swim 800 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Swim a continuous 100 metres Individual Medley (4 x 25 metres) using recognised turns with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Perform a 15 metre underwater kick on front, from a push and glide in a streamlined position.
  • Perform a backstroke start then butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a front crawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a breaststroke start, perform a one and a half pull under water, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres N.B. All starts to be done by a ‘take your marks, go’ by the teacher / coach. The ‘go’ can be by whistle or shout.*

*Delivery of the Starts outcomes will depend on the pool design and facilities available.

Swim Team

Stage 10

Swim Team Squad:

Swimmers are now developing athletic abilities in their chosen sport; strokes and techniques will continue to be developed, however the intensity of the training becomes more difficult. The increases in difficulty can either be by the pace of the swim, the distance of the swim or a combination of both as the athlete develops.

The swimming is evolved around the 200m IM (Individual Medley) so as the swimmer develops, trains and competes in all 4 strokes.   As swimmers grow and physically develop this can change their natural ability and personal preference towards certain strokes and distances.

At this early stage of the swimmers journey all strokes are still trained, taught and coached.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend additional Squad/Scheme training to increase their water time.

By the end of Stage 8 participants will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 400 metres (e.g.16 x 25 metres, 8 x 50 metres, 4 x 100metres) on a specific turnaround time agreed by the teacher/coach (e.g. 1.00min for each 25 metres) with a focus on stroke consistency.
  • Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres backstroke with/without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres breaststroke with/without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres butterfly without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres front crawl with/without using a board.
  • Perform a backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a front crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a dive track or grab start, and kick butterfly underwater in a streamlined position for 5m with the focus on progressing it to 10m.*

* Delivery of the Start outcomes will depend on the pool design and facilities available.

Future Development

Elite Swimmers/Other Roles

Once a swimmer has made the decision to become a competitive swimmer then increasing their training is essential for this development.

There are a network of larger regional and national training squads that can provide additional time and development the club cannot provide.

If you require further information about Competitive/Elite Training then please speak to Diane Stafford or 01942 891902
If a swimmer decides not to become a competitive swimmer then the club does have a Water Polo division, if you require further information on Water Polo then please speak to Lee Toone or call 07813 612607.

Some swimmers may decide to support our club by becoming a poolside helper, teacher, coach or lifeguard – if you would like more information about volunteering at the TSWPC then please contact Diane Stafford or Tom Pridding

The skills, techniques, strokes and ultimately the speed to compete at a higher level is best gained by obtaining extra training and this can be achieved by joining a regional swim squad as well as your local club.

TSWPC has many swimmers who attend regional squad training which is a must for those swimmers who want to make progress towards County Championship standards and beyond. The schedule of training at this level requires the swimmer to attend many more hours of coaching per week, which is something TSWPC are unable to provide.

If you wish to progress into the competitive swimming environment and want further information then please contact Diane Stafford or 01942 891902.

The highest level of support you can receive as an English swimmer is with England Talent Swimming.

The England Talent Swimming team are charged with two main goals:

  • Identifying the most talented young open water and pool swimmers in England as a person, athlete and performer.
  • Creating a culture that is safe and positive where athletes are at the centre of all activities to support future podium success.

If you like the idea of becoming a world and Olympic swimming medallist, travelling the world as an elite sportsperson and being a role model for thousands of young people in England, read on to find out how to get involved.

Four stages of swimmer development in England

England Talent Swimming involves four stages of swimmer development for athletes aged from 11 to 19.
The four stages are designed to help you reach your maximum potential as a swimmer and eventually step up onto British Swimming’s World Class Pathway, where you could become a funded athlete. That’s right – paid to get up at 4:30 in the morning five days a week!

The four stages are:

  1. Swim England Development Programme: generally for swimmers aged between 11 and 15, these camps involve a mixture of swimming coaching and education and take place between April and December.
  2. Swim England National Event Camps: for swimmers aged 15 and 16, this four day camp takes place in December and technical and tactical development areas for specific racing events.
  3. Swim England Junior Squad: for swimmers aged 18 or under, you could be selected for international camps or competitions to enhance your future performance potential.
  4. Swim England Performance Squad: the England squad is the final stepping stone towards the British Swimming World Class Programme for those who haven’t already been selected. The squad swim at an end-of-season competition and are aimed towards qualifying for a major international event.

If you have a question about England Talent Swimming, please contact the team at swimmingtalent@swimming.org

If you come to the “crossroads” where you consider whether you wish to continue with the swimming or move to another sport, there are a huge range of options to stay involved with swimming both in and out of the pool.

There are now a wide range of swimming opportunities including open water swimming, triathlon, Water Polo or just continue recreational swimming at the pool.

Alternatively, you can apply to the club for an opening to becoming a poolside helper, teacher, coach or lifeguard. If this is something you would be interested in and would like more information about volunteering at the club then please email Diane Stafford or Tom Pridding.

The options are endless but whatever you choose swimming for life is the way forward.

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