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: 6.15pm to 7.00pm at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

Sunday morning: 10.00am to 11.00am 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

This provides up to 4 training sessions per week, of which swimmers should aim to completed 3 or 4.

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.

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

This offers up to 5 sessions per week, including a Wednesday morning and the opportunity to train with the City Squad on a Sunday evening for lanes one and two. Swimmers should aim 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.

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

Tuesday 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.

To be considered for progression to the City Sharks, swimmers will have to attend a minimum of two Wednesday mornings per month.

The City Squad

The City Squad is the pinnacle of our Competitive Swimming section with swimmers aged 11 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.

Sprint Lanes: Two lanes we use for 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
  • Same targets as fully committed swimmers but with more flexibilty
  • Weights program for older swimmers
  • More strength and conditioning
  • Individual goal setting
  • Full City program available

City Sharks: Initially swimmers will move from Dolphins, in the Junior Squad, into the City Sharks, which offers a slightly reduced training schedule to allow them to adjust to the demands of the City Squad. 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 and Tuesday pm. Minimum attendance will be 4 sessions per week which must include 1 early morning per week & 2 Sunday morning sessions. City Sharks is for swimmers up to and including Year 8.

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

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: 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. 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

 

Minimum training requirement for school year 5, 6 & 7 (12yrs)

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 (13yrs)

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.

Minimum training requirement for school year 9 (14yrs), year 10 & over (15+)

6 sessions per week, although we do recommend 7 sessions where possible to maximise performance and potential. Must include Sunday morning and 1 weekday morning.

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.

Sprint Lanes

Sprint lane swimmers will be required to train at least 3 times per week including 1 weekday early morning session.

Swimmers not attending minimum 3 sessions per week will be offered Monday night Swim Fit or Tuesday night Junior Swim Fit depending on age at Riverside Ice & Leisure.

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.