Squad Structure and Training Schedule

Squad Structure Flowchart

The Intro Squad (a pre-competition squad)

This introduces children as young as seven to the skills they will need to take up competitive swimming, whilst encouraging them to concentrate on gaining good techniques.

The Introductory Squad follows the ASA Learn to Swim Framework for Stages 8 to 10 and aims to:

  • Further develop swimming skills and techniques
  • Improve strokes, dives, starts and turns
  • Provide the opportunity to swim competitively.

Trials for the Intro and Academy Squads are undertaken on a monthly basis. If you are interested in joining and would like to book a trial, please contact info@chelmsfordcityswimmingclub.org.uk for details.

Training Times Intro Squad

Training times

Tuesday evening: 6.15 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Sunday morning: 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

The Swim Academy

As a competitive club, it is important that swimmers are nurtured through the club’s development program. The Swim Academy provides a natural progression from the Introductory Squad and offers 3 swimming sessions per week, of which swimmers should be aiming to swim at least two of these each week. Swimmers will receive coaching from our experienced junior squad coaches.

For swimmers aged 7 to 11 year olds, the main aim is to:

  • To aid the development of younger swimmers
  • To teach younger swimmers drills
  • To develop skills and technique of younger swimmers
  • To prepare younger swimmers for competitive section
  • To introduce swimmers to a new concept of training
Training Times The Swim Academy

Training times

Sunday morning: 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. at New Hall School Swimming Pool

Tuesday evening: 7.15 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Thursday evening: 6.15 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

The Junior Squad

As swimmers progress through the development programme, they will be moved up into the Junior Competitive Squad where a greater number of sessions become available and swimmers are expected to represent the club at galas and competitions.

There are two levels within this squad, the Seals (Amber Hats) and Dolphins (Green hats).

Seals

We provide up to 5 training sessions per week, of which swimmers should aim to complete 3+.

Training Times Junior Seals

Training Times:

Sunday Morning: 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

Monday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

Tuesday Evening: 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (Lane 4 Seals only) at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Thursday Evening: 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Friday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

Dolphins

We offer 5 sessions per week, including a Wednesday morning, and the opportunity to train with the City Squad on a Sunday evening for lanes 1 & 2. There is a minimum requirement of 3 sessions per week with swimmers aiming to attend 4 sessions per week.

Training Times Junior Dolphins

Training Times:

Sunday Morning: 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at New Hall School Pool (Lane three Dolphins only)

Sunday Evening: 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. at New Hall School Pool (Lane one & two Dolphins only)

Monday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

Tuesday Evening: 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Wednesday Morning: 5.40 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. at New Hall Pool

Thursday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. land training at Moulsham High School

Friday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

In order to be considered for progression to the City Sharks, swimmers will have to attend a minimum of two Wednesday mornings per month. They will also need to have obtained at least one Essex County qualification time for their age group at a distance of 100m or greater.

Swimmers without multiple Essex County qualification times for their age group at the 50m events will move to Monday night Swimfit upon turning 13 years of age instead of moving to the City Sprints Squad.

The City Squad

The City Squad is the pinnacle of our Competitive Swimming section with swimmers aged 10 years and older, who are aiming to swim at County, Regional and eventually National Championships. We are focused on helping swimmers to achieve their personal goals and our Head Coach designs and delivers a training schedule to support this, offering a varied set at each training session, which builds stamina and strength, whilst developing their individual techniques.

We send a strong squad to the Essex County Championships in January/February and the ASA East Region Championships in April/May and swimmers will attend a number of club galas and events over the course of the year to help them gain their qualifying times in both Short (25m) and Long Course (50m) pools. We also have a number of swimmers each year that gain qualifying times for the ASA National Championships which take place in August and December annually in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

We expect our City Squad swimmers to have a commitment to their training programme and be focused on achieving their potential.

City Sharks

Initially swimmers will move from Dolphins in the Junior Squad into the City Sharks. The Sharks offers a slightly reduced training schedule to allow them to adjust to the demands of the City Squad. Because of this, the City Sharks will accept talented 10 year olds who meet the relevant performance, training commitment and training ability criteria.

The City Sharks train in Lane 1 City Squad and will have the same training times as City Squad with the exception of Sunday pm, Tuesday pm and Thursday pm. The minimum attendance will be 4 sessions per week for 10-11 year olds and 5 sessions for 12 year olds. These must include 1 early morning per week & 2 Sunday morning sessions per month.

Promotion to the Performance Squad will require a training commitment of 5/6 sessions a week. Swimmers without at least one Essex County qualification time for their age group at a distance of 100m or greater will move to the Sprints Squad upon turning 13 years of age.

Sprint Lanes

Two of the lanes we use for the City Squad at New Hall sessions offer sprint type training. These lanes focus primarily on short distance swimming ie 50’s & 100’s. Those selected for this training program are encouraged to hit the targets set out in the flow chart but are only required to train at least three sessions per week including one early morning, giving more flexibilty for swimmers that want to vary how many sessions they do each week

Key points about the sprint lanes:

  • Year round focus on speed and power
  • Target Competitions as normal
  • At least 3 sessions per week
  • At least 1 weekday am session per week
  • At least 2 Sunday morning sessions a month
  • Same targets as fully committed swimmers but with more flexibility
  • Weights program for older swimmers
  • More strength and conditioning
  • Individual goal setting
  • Full City program available
  • Swimmers will not be allowed to swim in the busy Monday night session if they have not met their training requirement for the previous week.
  • Swimmers not attending the minimum 3 sessions per week will be offered Monday night Swim Fit.

Performance Squad

Members of our Performance Squad will have achieved at least one ASA (Swim England) East Region Championship qualifying time for their age group or show the potential to do so (hold multiple current 100m+ distance Essex County qualification times). We expect our Performance Squad swimmers to be self motivated and to use their training programme to focus upon achieving their potential.

Minimum training requirement for school year 5, 6 & 7
5 sessions per week, although we do recommend 6 sessions where possible to maximise potential. Must include at least one weekday morning session.

Minimum training requirement for school year 8+
6 sessions per week. although we do recommend 7 sessions where possible to maximise performance and potential. Must include at least one weekday morning session.

All swimmers school year 9 or above will be required to train 3 times by end of Monday night session except Meet weekends. Monday morning will be cancelled & a Tuesday morning will be offered in these circumstances e.g. Counties weekend. Dates will be posted via email and the website.

Training Times City Swim Squad

Training times

Sunday Morning: 7.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

Sunday Evening:  4.45 p.m.  to 6.30 p.m. at New Hall School Pool (except Sharks)

Monday Morning:  5.25 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

Monday Evening:  6.45 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

Tuesday Evening:  6.55 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Moulsham High School (Invite Only)

1 hour gym/1 hour swim – School year 9 and above and Year 8 Regional Swimmers

Wednesday Morning: 5.40 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

Wednesday Evening: 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

Thursday Evening: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Sharks, 7p.m. to 8p.m. Performance & Sprints land training at Moulsham High School

Friday Morning:  5.25 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. at New Hall School Pool

Friday Evening: 6.45 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at New Hall School Pool

 

Junior Masters

To support our Competitive Squad swimmers who have reached the age of sixteen and are no longer able to commit to the extensive training schedule expected in the City Squad – we offer the opportunity to swim alongside the Masters as a Junior Masters squad.  This is by invitation only from the Head Coach and swimmers who feel that this may be an option for them, should direct their enquiries to the Head Coach for consideration.

 

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