Our pre-squad is aimed at swimmers that can swim a minimum of 25m in two recognisable strokes. While they are in the pre-squad swimmers will work towards stages 5-10 of the ASA National Plan for the Teaching of Swimming. More information on the National Plan can be found by following this link http://www.swimming.org/go/parents/learn-to-swim/. We recommend that children still learning to swim or attending our pre-squad attend twice weekly to ensure they progress steadily, if these are evenly distributed throughout the week it helps to reinforce teaching points and reduces the chance of swimmers forgetting what they have been taught from one lesson to the next.
There is no expectation for swimmers to compete for the club but that’s not to say they can’t either, swimmers will be encouraged to enter the clubs own annual championships and time trial events.
The pre-squad directly feeds into the clubs Junior Squad. To find out what swimmers need to do to be promoted please down load the clubs squad guidelines here. As well as the swimmer progression model here
The clubs pre-squad forms the Fundamentals section of long term athlete development. For more information about LTAD please follow this link http://www.swimming.org/assets/uploads/library/NOV13_Addition_SuccessisLongTerm-_Final__With_BAGCAT_Rules_2010_2.pdf