12-14 years (guidance only)
Lead Coach: Fiona Leeson
To create a well-rounded, intelligent and capable athlete with the ability to compete and perform at National Level Competition and beyond. Swimmers keep their meet event entries broad and varied. The primary training emphasis will be a multi-stroke, individual medley and aerobically focussed program. 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. This squad is ideal for those individuals who have aspirations to train and compete at the highest levels.
3x Automatic qualifying times for South East Region Swimming Championships which should include an IM or 200m+ distance event.
5 x Consideration times for South East Region Swimming Championships including a 200m+ distance event. Please note that the criteria to validate squad consideration must have been achieved by the relevant competition closing date.
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 & lead squad coach’s discretion.
Swimmers are expected to and MUST compete at the following events: Club Championships, County Championships, Regional Championships, National Championships, Arena League, Kent Junior League.
Swimmers are actively discouraged from competing in events not on the Club/Squad Competition Calendar without the express permission from their squad lead coach.
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 are expected to accept personal responsibility for competition performance together with feedback on all aspects of training.
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 a minimum 4-5 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.