14yrs+ (guidance only)
Lead Coach: Keiron Piper, Sevenoaks Swimming Club Head Coach
To create a well-rounded, intelligent and capable athlete with the ability to compete and perform at National Level Competition and beyond. Swimmers will begin to learn and understand about the process of specialisation in their key events, whilst still keeping their meet event entries broad and varied. Training throughout the season will therefore still be multi-stroke, medley and aerobically focussed. Swimmers will also be encouraged to take more personal responsibility for their own training and racing performances; understanding their training program, cycles and periodisation targets.
1x Qualifying time for British Summer Championships or Swim England Summer Meet
3x Automatic qualifying times for South East Region Swimming Championships. Please note that the criteria to validate squad consideration must have been achieved by the relevant competition closing date.
Swimmers in the squad must display the appropriate work ethic, commitment and attitude required to the training, competition and lifestyle required to become a successful swimmer.
Invitation and membership in the Performance program should be seen as a privilege and not an automatic right. Swimmers who fail to meet the full qualification criteria may retain their place, or be offered a place, within the squad dependent upon the Head Coach’s discretion.
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events : Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, National Championships, Arena League.
Swimmers MUST NOT compete in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach. Doing so does not correlate with the coach’s program and may result in disciplinary action.
Swimmers MUST maintain pool training sessions together with 1 S&C land-based session as advised by the squad coach.
Training Performance & Expectations
Individuals must be committed to a positive work ethic, maintain performance levels at all sessions and be capable of managing the demands of training in a high-performance environment and lifestyle. Swimmers must arrive to every session fully prepared with sufficient drink and the required equipment.
Swimmers are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training. Swimmers in this squad are expected to possess the tools in which to critically analyse their own performances with the guidance of their coach.
Swimmers are also expected to uphold and maintain respect for other Club members, coaches, volunteers, officials, other pool and facility users and the facilities themselves in abidance with the Club “code of conduct”. Every swimmer should understand that they are representative of and act as ambassadors for the Club.
Swimmers from this squad are expected to act as mentors to younger swimmers within the Club.
Swimmers are required to attend 6-7 pool-based sessions (as advised by the squad coach) and 1 land-based training session per week. Swimmers are required to represent and be available as required for Sevenoaks Swimming Club team events, swimming at multiple levels of competition and squad selection as programmed by the Head Coach. Sevenoaks Swimming Club kit must be always be worn in attendance at competitions unless otherwise advised.