This is an exciting new pathway that the club feels is vital to the future development of the athletes within the program
We have a performance pathway for athletes that are achieving the set performance criteria, which is based around % of National Qualifying times. This pathway is, as it states, a Performance level squad. The Competitive Development pathway will offer athletes that have not ,as of yet , reached the performance pathway criteria an opportunity to enhance their training skills and training intensity with a goal of achieving the performance squad criteria at some stage in their Long Term Development. Not every athlete will achieve performance criteria so it is important that we offer opportunities for athletes to continue on their Long Term Competition Development
Development of the athletes
All children develop at different times so therefore require different types of training opportunities.The Performance criteria is set at a very high standard, this is so we maintain our performance status.
Competitive Development 1
Coach – Chris Williams
The Competitive Development 1 squad is the first squad in the new competitive Long Term Development Pathway. Swimmers in this squad can be aged between 10- 15
The squad is designed to offer age group swimmers a different opportunity to develop their swimming. The Squad will focus on developing the key training issues and skills that the athletes need to continue their long term development.
The squad will work inline with the clubs skill and technique program, with test sets every 5th week. Swimmers will be monitored by the head coach.
All swimmers that are selected for this squad must compete at meets selected by the coaching team. The squads aim is to compete at level 2, 3 and 4 meets.
Competitive Development 2 is the 2nd squad on the competitive pathway. Ages for the squad are 11 – 18years. A higher level of training will now be introduced, but the main focus will continue to be on development of skills and Technique.
The training program will start to become more event specific for each individual, with different training sets being offered.
Swimmers within Competitive Development 2 must compete at meets selected by the coaching team, Level 1 and level 2 meets will be the main focus for this squad.
Competitive Development 3
Competitive Development 3 is for swimmers that have goals and targets of achieving National level swimming within their own LTAD. The training programme is based around maintaining a high technique and skills level, while developing the training aspect of the sports. Swimmers are expected to train a minimum of 6 sessions per week to retain a place in this squad.