The Club

The normal sequence for joining the Club from the Council Partnership Lessons is as follows:

Council Lessons – Sharks – Silver Squad – Junior Squad – Future Squad – Development (Senior) Squad. You could move into the Performance Squad when the required criteria was achieved and agreed by the coach. Club Squad is only after you have been in Development/Seniors or Performance for a period of time and you cannot meet that squads criteria.

Squad Structure & Criteria

Council Partnership Lessons from age 4 for non swimmers working on ASA Duckling Awards, ASA Grades 1-5 and ASA Levels 5-7.

Sharks must have Grade 5 & Level 7 and work towards Level 8 & 9, and will complete their Bronze Challenge, and a 400m swim 100m front crawl and 300m backstroke. Cost is by monthly fee (which includes membership fee and is paid to the Club via the Council) see separate notice of charges

Silver Squad – Swimmers must have Level 8 & 9, they will complete their Silver Challenge and front crawl stroke award, Grade 6 & Levels 10 &11. Cost is by monthly squad fee plus annual membership of club see separate notice of charges

Junior Squad – Swimmers must have Bronze and Silver Challenge, Front Crawl Stroke award and Level 11. they will work towards Level 12, on Breast, Fly & Back Stroke awards, IM Test, Competitive Start Award, their Gold Challenge and 8 x 100 freestyle test (swum in 2.30 or faster going every 3 minutes). All these must be completed to move into Future Squad. Start to use Swimmers Log Book. Expected to attend Open Meets recommended by Coach. May be selected to swim for Club in Galas. Cost is by monthly squad fee plus annual membership of club see separate notice of charges.

Future Squad – Swimmers will swim all 4 strokes and drills correctly, using continuous bilateral breathing on front crawl. Use Swimmers Log Book. May be selected to swim for Club in Galas. Expected to attend Open Meets recommended by Coach. Cost is by monthly squad fee plus annual membership of club, see separate notice of charges.

Development Squad – Swimmers will be invited to join the Development squad from the Future Squad. The following criteria must be followed:

  • You will train for a minimum of 5 hours a week with the Club.
  • You must enter the club championships.
  • You will train using correct turns, breathing every three strokes on freestyle, using correct strokes, drills and have a positive attitude.
  • You will be expected to attend Open Meets recommended by the Head Coach. You may also be selected to swim for the Club in the Fenland League and Anglian League. If you have been selected you can only decline two of these events in a season. A team sheet with those who have been selected is posted on the notice board in advance. Dates for these events are on the website and notice board for the season
  • You are expected to enter the County and Midland championships if a qualifying time is gained. You will accompanied by a club representative.
  • At the beginning of the season (September) if a swimmer is 13 years of age at the 31/12 they will not be eligible to swim in the Development squad

Senior Squad –The following criteria must be followed:

  • You will train for a minimum of 5 hours a Week with the Club.
  • You must enter the club championships.
  • You will train using correct turns, breathing every three strokes on freestyle, using correct strokes, drills and have a positive attitude. You will not miss your take off times nor answer the coaching staff back.
  • You will be expected to enter open meets recommended by the Head Coach, you must do at least 3 open meets per season 1 being the Boston open meet. A team sheet with those who have been selected is posted on the notice board in advance. Dates for these events are on the website and notice board for the season
  • You are expected to enter the County and Midland championships if a qualifying time is gained. You will accompanied by a club representative.
  • At the beginning of the season (September) the minimum age to swim in the senior squad will be 13 years of age at the 31/12.
 Performance Squad – Swimmers will be invited to join this squad by the Coach. The following criteria must be followed:
  • You must enter the long distance, club championships, club open meet in November and the county championships, Midlands and Nationals if gained a qualifying time.  You will be accompanied by a Coach.
  • You will train for a minimum of 9 hours a week with the Club including at least one morning session. In your second year you need to attend at least one of the invitation mornings (Tues/Thurs) and train for a minimum of 11 hours a week with the club.
  • You will train using correct turns, breathing every three strokes on freestyle, using correct strokes, drills, IM spin turn and have a positive attitude. You will not miss your take off times nor answer the coaching staff back.
  • You will be expected to attend Open Meets recommended by Coach during the session. You may also be selected to swim for the Club in the Fenland League and Anglian League. If you have been selected for league event you can only decline two of these events in the season.
  • If a swimmer leaves the performance squad for 4 months or more they will be classed as a swimmer in their 1st year again on their return.

Club Squad:  If after being in Development, Seniors or Performance for a period of time, you may find that you cannot meet all of the criteria for the squad you are in, for one reason or another. In this instance and after consideration from the Coach this may be the squad for you.

  • In Club Squad there is less pressure than the main competitive squads of Performance, Development/Seniors but you will still be expected to train using the correct turns, do your drills correctly and have a positive attitude. You will not miss your take off times nor answer the coaching staff back.
  • There is no minimum amount of training hours.
  • You may also be selected to swim for the Club in Galas, Open Meets, Fenland League and Anglian League, but there will be no pressure to do so.
  • You may go back into Development/Seniors at the recommendation of the Coach.
  • You can only be in this squad from the age of 11 and over and on the recommendation of the coaches.

Cost for these squads is by monthly squad fee plus annual membership of club, see separate notice of charges.

Masters – minimum age for Masters is 14. May be selected to swim for Club in Galas This squad will be for older swimmers who no longer wish to breathe bilateral or do turns in the required manner as in the other Squads, and in the view of the coach the training would be better for them than Development, Seniors and Performance and for Adult Swimmers and will be a more relaxed training session.

Cost by monthly squad fee or on a pay as you swim basis plus annual membership of club, see separate notice of charges.

“Please remember that the squad criteria is there to set a high standard of competitive swimming that you already meet, otherwise you wouldn’t be there. Be motivated, successful and enjoy your achievements.”

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