Academy Bronze Squad Criteria

This squad has an age range of 6-9 years. Its focus is on achieving the progressive development of skills and technique to best support their long term development. At this ADSP stage, we are building the foundation for later development. We also strive to achieve this in a supportive and enjoyable environment – and, of course, to help each young athlete make the subsequent steps into our higher squads.

At the earliest stage, we seek to ensure swimmers should have a fundamental grounding in all four strokes. At this point, we will be working on skills development and allied technical requirements, such as body position. Overall, we train our swimmers to build their technical ability in all four strokes, skills and turns.

Throughout, progression across the Academy squads is based on the swimmers’ technical ability, behaviour, attendance, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, our focus is on developing early technical ability with an introduction to the Swim Wales stroke drill progression frame work.

We ask the swimmers to show a strong understanding of all four strokes, as well introducing the ability to do starts and turns on all strokes. Swimmers must show good commitment to the training programme. An introduction into competition rules will be initiated.

Swimmers will be expected to compete when they are the correct age / standard – at Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, and the Swansea Aquatics Development Meets. These meets are especially designed to support the development of our novice swimmers, entry into events will be guided and decided by the coach.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Academy Silver Squad Criteria

 This squad has an age range of 6-9. Its focus is on achieving the progressive development of skills and technique to best support their long term development. At this ADSP stage, we are still building the foundation for later development. We also strive to achieve this in a supportive and enjoyable environment – and, of course, to help each young athlete make the subsequent steps into our higher squads.

At the earliest stage, we seek to ensure swimmers should have a fundamental grounding and achievement of the first 3 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework. This must be in all four strokes and will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into Academy Gold. At this point, we will be introducing swimmers aerobic strength, working on skills development and allied technical requirements, such as body position. Overall, we train our swimmers to build their technical ability in all four strokes, skills and turns.

Throughout, progression across the Academy squads is based on all of the following: the swimmers’ technical ability, behaviour, attendance, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, our focus is on developing technical ability.

We ask the swimmers to show a strong understanding of all four strokes, as well as developing their ability in starts and turns on all strokes, making them competition proficient. Swimmers must show good commitment to the training programme. An understanding of competition rules will also be developed.

Swimmers will be expected compete when they are the correct age / standard – at Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, and Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, Swim Wales no time gala, Swim Wales pentathlon and where age applicable local meets. These meets are especially designed to support the development of our novice swimmers. Entry into events will be guided and decided by the coach.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Academy Gold Squad Criteria

 This squad has an age range of female 8-10 male 9-11. Its focus is technique with swimmers showing a good technical ability in all four strokes and a good technical ability in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are moving into the learning to train ADSP level, Where aerobic development will be continued, swimmers must participate and show improvement in the kick test throughout the season.

Swimmers must show good commitment and are encouraged to attend a minimum of four sessions per week working towards five when possible. They will be introduced to basic tactical skills and the importance of warm up / cool downs, stretching, hydration and nutrition is encouraged. To help aid this the squad has a 1 hour land training which will be taken by a qualified strength and conditioning coach. An achievement of the first 5 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into Performance Bronze.

Throughout, progression across the Academy squads is based on all of the following, the swimmers’ technical ability, behaviour, attendance, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, our focus is on developing technical ability with a continuation of the Swim Wales stroke drill progression framework.

Swimmers will be expected to compete when they are the correct age / standard – at Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, West Wales sub regionals and regionals where applicable. These meets are especially designed to support the development of novice swimmers. Event entries will be directed by the coach of the group who will have the final decision.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Development 1 Squad Criteria

This squad requires swimmers to be 10 years + if female and 11 years + if male. Its focus is technique with swimmers showing some technical ability in all four strokes and some technical ability in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are moving into the learning to train ADSP level. Where aerobic development will continue. This squad builds on the swimmers development, and aims to build their fitness and competency.

At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Throughout, progression across the development squads is based on all of the following, the swimmers’ technical ability, behaviour, attendance, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. At this stage, our focus is on developing technical ability with a continuation of the Swim Wales stroke drill progression framework as well as increasing the swimmers aerobic development.

All Swimmers are encouraged to compete in Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, West Wales Sub Regionals and local competitions, although this is not compulsory but is a requirement if they wish to progress to any of the performance squads.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be on continual assessment and will move as necessary throughout the season.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Development 2 Squad Criteria

This squad requires swimmers to be 10 years + if female and 11 years + if male. Its focus is technique with swimmers showing good technical ability in all four strokes and good technical ability in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are moving into the learning to train /training to train  ADSP level. Where aerobic development will be continued, it is about building on their development, aiming to build their fitness and competency.

Throughout, progression across the development squads is based on all of the following, the swimmers’ technical ability, behaviour, attendance, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, our focus is on developing technical ability with a continuation of the swim wales stroke drill progression frame work, as well as increasing the aerobic capacity.

All Swimmers are encouraged to compete in, Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, West Wales no time galas and Sub Regionals, West Wales Regionals, Swim Wales Development Meets and local competitions, although this is not compulsory but is a requirement if they wish to progress to any of the performance squads.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be on continual assessment and will move as necessary throughout the season.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.

This squad also offers volunteering opportunities within the club, leading into educational opportunities within the sport for example time keeping courses, coaching level 1 courses etc. Further information can be found on our website.


Performance Bronze Squad Criteria

 This squad has an age range of female 10-12, male 11-13. Its focus is technique, with swimmers showing a good technical ability and competition proficiency in all four strokes as well as a good technical ability and competition proficiency in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are in the learning to train ADSP stage moving into training to train ADSP stage, where aerobic development will be continued and improved.

At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, the focus is on developing and perfecting technical ability with a continued use of the Swim Wales stroke drill progression framework.

Swimmers will be expected to enter a range of events, including Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, West Wales Sub Regional Meets and West Wales Regionals, Swim Wales Winter and Summer Nationals and where applicable local meets. This will be directed by the coach and the competition calendar. Event entries will be directed and guided by the coach of the group.

Swimmers must show good commitment and are encouraged to attend a minimum of 5 sessions per week working towards 6 when possible. There is continued tactical skill knowledge, and the importance of warm up / cool downs, stretching, hydration and nutrition is encouraged. To support this, the squad has a 1hour land training which will be taken by a qualified strength and conditioning coach. An achievement of the first 6 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into Performance Silver.

Progression from the Academy squads to the performance squads is based on all of the following, achieving one section will not be sufficient, indicators for progression are the swimmers’ technical ability, (achievement of the first 7 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes) adhering to the Swim Wales winning behaviours framework, attendance, trainability, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages.

Please note that a place in this squad requires a combination of the above, no single factor will allow a place to be offered.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Performance Silver Squad Criteria

 This squad has an age range of female 11-14, male 12-15, Its focus is technique, with swimmers showing a good technical ability and competition proficiency in all four strokes as well as a good technical ability and competition proficiency in all turns and starts. At this stage swimmers are in the training to train ADSP stage, where aerobic development will be continued.

At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, the focus is on developing and perfecting technical ability with a continued use of the Swim Wales stroke drill progression framework as well as developing all the training zones.

Swimmers will be expected to enter a range of events, including Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, Swansea Aquatics Development Meets, West Wales Regionals, Welsh Winter/ Easter and Summer Championships and where applicable local meets, this will be directed by the coach and the competition calendar. Event entries will be directed and guided by the coach of the group.

Swimmers must show good commitment and are encouraged to attend a minimum of 6 sessions per week working towards 7 when possible. During this training to train ADSP stage, there will be an emphasis on aerobic conditioning. This is the stage where there is greater individualisation of fitness and technical training. The focus should still be on training rather than competition and the training should be predominantly of high volume, low intensity workloads. It is important to emphasise that high volume, low intensity training cannot be achieved in a limited time period, and therefore the time commitment to training should increase significantly. There should now be specific targets for each competition undertaken with a view to learning and increasing tactical knowledge and psychological preparation. Land training should continue to develop suppleness and to include the use of ‘own body weight’ exercises; medicine ball and Swiss ball exercises. To support this, the squad has 2 x 1 hour land training sessions which will be taken by a qualified strength and conditioning coach. An achievement of the first 8 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into Performance Gold.

Progression through the Performance squads is based on all of the following, achieving one section will not be sufficient, indicators for progression are the swimmers’ technical ability, (achievement of the first 8 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes) adhering to the Swim Wales winning behaviours framework, attendance, trainability, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. as well as the following time indicators:

Female 11-14 Easter Welsh qualifying time or within 1 second,

Female 13-14 West Wales qualifying time

Male 12-14 Easter Welsh qualifying time or within 1 second

Male 13-15 West Wales qualifying time

Please note that a place in this squad requires a combination of the above, no single factor will allow a place to be offered.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


Performance Gold Squad Criteria

 This squad has an age range of female 14 +, male 14+. Its focus is perfecting technique, with swimmers showing a good technical and tactical competition proficiency in all four strokes as well as good proficiency in technical and tactically ability at competition in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are in the training to train ADSP stage moving into training to compete, Where all aerobic and anaerobic zones will be developed.

At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, the focus is on developing and perfecting technical ability with a continued use of the Swim Wales stroke drill progression framework.

Swimmers will be expected to enter a range of events and competition, including Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, West Wales Regionals, Welsh Winter/ Easter and Summer Championships and where applicable local meets, there is also an aim for British nationals this will be directed by the coach and the competition calendar. Event entries will be directed and guided by the coach of the group.

Swimmers must show good commitment and are encouraged to attend a minimum of 7 sessions per week working towards 8 when possible. During these ADSP stages, there will be an emphasis on aerobic conditioning. This is the stage where there is greater individualisation of fitness and technical training. The focus should still be on training rather than competition and the training should be predominantly of high volume, low intensity workloads. It is important to emphasise that high volume, low intensity training cannot be achieved in a limited time period, and therefore the time commitment to training should increase significantly. During the training to compete stage there should be a continued emphasis on physical conditioning with the focus on maintaining high volume workloads but with increasing intensity. The competition emphasis should be on developing individual strengths and weaknesses through modelling and nurturing technical and tactical skills based around specific strokes or distances, but not both. In addition, the ancillary capacities should be refined so they are more specific to the individual’s needs.

During this stage, land training should also focus on developing maximum strength gain through the use of weights. This should be coupled with continued work on core body strength and maintaining suppleness to help aid this the squad has 3 x 1hour land training sessions which will be taken by a qualified strength and conditioning coach. An achievement of the first 9 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into the national squad.

Progression through the performance squads is based on all of the following, achieving one section will not be sufficient, indicators for progression are: the swimmers’ technical ability,   (achievement of the first 9 drill progressions in the swim wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes) adhering to the Swim Wales winning behaviours framework, attendance, trainability, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages. as well as the following time indicators:

Female 14 + Easter Welsh qualifying time or within 1 second,

Male 14 + Easter Welsh qualifying time or within 1 second

Please note that a place in this squad requires a combination of the above, no single factor will allow a place to be offered.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.


National Squad Criteria

This squad has an age range of female 14 +, male 14+. Its focus is perfecting technique, with swimmers showing a good technical and tactical competition proficiency in all four strokes as well as good proficiency in technical and tactically ability at competition in all turns and starts, At this stage swimmers are in the ADSP stage of training to compete, Where all aerobic and anaerobic zones will be developed.

At each point, we are focused on providing the knowledge to develop the core aquatic skills to enable each athlete to achieve their personal goals and potential. Specifically, at this stage, the focus is on developing and perfecting technical ability with a continued use of the swim wales stroke drill progression frame work.

Swimmers will be expected to enter a range of events and competition, including Swansea Aquatics Club Championships, West Wales Regionals, Welsh Winter/ Easter and Summer Championships and where applicable local meets, there is also an aim for British Nationals and British Trials, this will be directed by the coach and the competition calendar. Event entries will be directed and guided by the coach of the group.

Swimmers must show good commitment and are encouraged to attend a minimum of 8 sessions per week working towards 9 when possible. During these ADSP stages, there will be an emphasis on aerobic conditioning. This is the stage where there is greater individualisation of fitness and technical training. The focus should still be on training rather than competition and the training. It is important to emphasise that high volume, low intensity training cannot be achieved in a limited time period, and therefore the time commitment to training should increase significantly. During the training to compete stage there should be a continued emphasis on physical conditioning with the focus on maintaining high volume workloads but with increasing intensity. The competition emphasis should be on developing individual strengths and weaknesses through modelling and nurturing technical and tactical skills based around specific strokes or distances, but not both. In addition, the ancillary capacities should be refined so they are more specific to the individual’s needs.

During this stage, land training should also focus on developing maximum strength gain through the use of weights. This should be coupled with continued work on core body strength and maintaining suppleness to help aid this the squad has 4 x 1 hour land training sessions which will be taken by a qualified strength and conditioning coach. An achievement of the first 11 drill progressions in the Swim Wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes will be used as an indicator of readiness to progress into the Swim Wales national performance squad along with qualifying times.

Progression through the performance squads is based on all of the following, achieving one section will not be sufficient, indicators for progression are: the swimmers’ technical ability,(achievement of the first 11 drill progressions in the swim wales stroke drill progressions framework in all four strokes) adhering to the Swim Wales winning behaviours framework, attendance, trainability, attitude and commitment to their development across the various stages, as well as the following time indicators: Top 40 Girls and Top 30 Boys on British Rankings in each age group of which are continually monitored.

Please note that a place in this squad requires a combination of the above, no single factor will allow a place to be offered.

Any swimmer outside of the age band or criteria can be put forward for fast tracking by the lead squad coach and a case made for a squad movement. This is at the deliberation and discretion of the Head Coach who will make final the decision. Swimmers will be continually assessed with moves happening around the competition calendar.

The swimming season runs from September – August. Swimmers swim as age as at 31st December of the calendar year. This is in line with the Swim Wales and British Swimming competition entry criteria.