Academy 1

Academy 1

(Two Sessions / 2:30 Hours / £30 Per Month)

This is the entry and foundation level of the club. This is the most important programme as it is where vital development skills, technique and character building are taught for swimmers to use throughout their athletic career. The Academy focuses on skills, skills and more skills! A fast swimmer with poor technique and skills will only go so far. A swimmer with great skill and technique can go on to achieve great things. 

Swimmers will have achieved as a minimum of Stage 7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework or equivalent. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes. 

Swimmers in the Academy programme will in general be between 7 and 10 years of age to fit with the long term athlete development guidelines. Swimmers are expected to compete in all strokes, distances and Individual Medley events. Progression both within and from the Academy programme will be based on skill set, technique, enthusiasm, behaviour and attendance. All squad moves will be at the discretion of the Coaching Team. 

 

The Academy 1 squad is the entry level for the Academy Programme. Swimmers will have achieved as a minimum of Stage 7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework or equivalent. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of all four competitive strokes.  The main focus of the squad is on skill development, technique and body position 

Swimmers in Academy 1 will: 

Criteria to move to Academy 2:

Academy 1 Skill List: 

Freestyle 

Backstroke 

Breaststroke 

Butterfly 

Turn and finish with 2 hands

Other Key Skills 

Event Hours(2)