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Squads Structure

As a general guide, younger swimmers usually start from our Foundation Squad, working towards the Junior Development Squads. Older swimmers joining the club and those transferring  from another competitive club may be assessed and offered a place in a squad appropriate to their current level.

Harrow Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club and invests in each individual’s personal strengths. The coaches structure squads so that every person in that squad can excel by training with those of a similar ability, age, pace and attainment level. Lead coaches are constantly assessing progress, commitment and development so, when places become available in a squad, will make recommendations for swimmers to move to the appropriate squad which will bring out the best in that individual. It is a fine balance between making training fun and yet challenging swimmers to stretch themselves. 

You can talk to your lead coach for feedback at the end of your training session if you would like to know more about your personal progress.

Parents can schedule an appointment with their child’s coach using the following link https://www.harrowswim.club/coaches-appointments/

When moving between squads, the Head Coach decision is always final.

Land training is an important part of a competitive swimmers programme.

The aims of land training are

• To build strength – particularly core strength;

• To increase fitness levels;

• To improve flexibility.

This training, when combined with water-based training, will noticeably improve swimming speed.

The club offers land training to swimmers in most squads under the guidance and direction of the Assistant Head Coach.

Swimmers will be invited to participate who have reached the required standard at the discretion of the Head Coach.

Foundation Squad

Coach: Callum Hill 

Email: callumhill1995@live.co.uk

Foundation Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: 2 pool sessions a week.

Equipment: Kick Board & Pull Buoy. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Foundation Squad Aspirations:

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).
Develop swimming fitness.
Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.
Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.
Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 3 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Foundation squad aims:

Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke
Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.
Teach Racing Starts & Turns.
Progression: Once the swimmer has achieved the desired skill level swimmers will progress to Stroke Development.

 

Coach: Harrison Hill 

Email: harrison17200@virginmedia.com

Minimum Attendance: 2 pool sessions a week.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy & Fins. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Junior Advanced Squad Aspirations:

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).

Develop swimming fitness.

Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.

Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 3 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Junior Advanced Squad Aims:

Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke

Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.

Teach Racing Starts & Turns.

Progression: Once the swimmer has achieved the desired skill level swimmers will progress to Club Squad.

Stroke Development Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: 3 pool sessions a week + Thursday Land Training session.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy and Fins. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Stroke Development Squad Aspirations:

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).
Develop swimming fitness.
Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.
Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.
Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 3 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Stroke Development squad aims:

Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke
Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.
Teach Racing Starts & Turns.
Learn correct use of Pace Clock.
Progression: Once achieving the desired skill level swimmers will progress to County Development Squad.

 

Coach: Gill Muir Email: gill@harrowswim.com

County Development Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: Swimmers in County Development must maintain a minimum of 4 pool sessions a week and attendance at Land Training. Swimmers looking to progress into County Age Group Squad must be able to demonstrate 5 sessions per week (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) in order to be considered.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy and Fins, Snorkel. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

County Development Squad Aims:

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).
Develop fitness & speed progression sets.
Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase) in racing situations.
Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.
Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 4 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Progression: Once swimmers have reached the desired level, they will progress to County Age.

Swimmers who do not meet the minimum attendance and competition attendance level will be moved to club or Stroke Development dependant on age and training performance standards.

Coach: Daniel Andrawos                         Email: dan@royalview.co.uk

County Age Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: Swimmers in County Age must maintain a minimum of 5 pool sessions (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) a week and attendance at Land Training. Swimmers looking to progress into Regional Age Group Squad must be able to demonstrate 6 sessions per week (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) in order to be considered.

Minimum Qualification: Swimmers must achieve 1 County QT (automatic or consideration) in the age group that they are. Swimmers will have until the Borough of Harrow End Of Season meet in July to achieve this standard.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins, Snorkel, Hand Paddles.  Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

County Age Squad Aims:

  • Focused training to achieve Middlesex County Qualification standards.
  • Progression towards achieving London Regional Qualification standards.
  • I.M focused training program.
  • Progress Starts & Turns (with underwater phase) in racing situations.
  • Develop Drill progression to develop Stroke technique on all 4 strokes.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 6 competitions a season, which must include Borough of Harrow Club Championships and Middlesex County Championships.

Progression: Once swimmers have reached the desired level, and have deemed close to achieving London Region QT’s. Swimmers will then progress to Regional Age Squad.

Swimmers who do not meet the minimum attendance and competition attendance level will be moved to Youth or County Development, dependant on age and training performance standards.

Swimmers who do not achieve the minimum qualification standard by July, will be moved to Youth, Youth Development or County Development dependant on age and training performance standard. 

Coach: Daniel Andrawos                                              Email: dan@royalview.co.uk   

Regional Age Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: Swimmers in Regional Age must maintain a minimum of 5 pool sessions a week (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) and 1 Land Training session. Swimmers looking to progress into Regional Youth Squad must be able to demonstrate 6 sessions per week (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) in order to be considered.

Minimum Qualification: Swimmers must achieve 1 Middlesex County QT (Automatic or Consideration) in the age group they are competing at the championships within the competition season. Swimmers must gain or be or be within 2% of a London Region QT.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins, Snorkel, Hand Paddles.  Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

egional Age Squad Aims and Aspirations: 

  • England Talent programme swimmers
  • Regional Finalists Champions, Qualifiers and Record Holders
  • County Champions, Medallists and Finalists
  • I.M focused training program.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 6 competitions a season, which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships, Middlesex County Championships and London Regional Championships.

Progression: Once swimmers have reached the desired level, and achieved at least 1 London Region QT and competed in that age group at the Regional Championships will be considered to progress to Regional Youth. To Progress to Regional Youth, Swimmers must be eligible to compete at the Youth Championships (aged 15 and over) or top 30 in their age group in younger. Swimmers who do not meet the desired minimum attendance and competition attendance level will be moved to Youth or County Age, dependant on age and training performance standards.

Coach: Robert Crofts                                     Email: coachrobjcrofts@gmail.com

Regional Youth Squad Criteria

Minimum Attendance: Swimmers in Regional Youth must maintain a minimum of 6 pool (at least 1 of which must be a weekday morning) and 2 land training sessions.

Minimum Qualification: Swimmers to enter Regional Youth must have an Automatic London Region Qualifying time and be eligible to compete at the Youth championships.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins, Snorkel, Hand Paddles, Exercise Mat and working Tempo Trainer. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Regional Youth Squad Aims and Aspirations:

  • International
  • European Senior and Junior
  • Commonwealth, English International
  • National/National Age Group qualifiers, medallists and champions
  • National Record Holders
  • England Talent programme swimmers
  • Regional Finalists Champions, Qualifiers and Record Holders
  • County Champions, Medallists and Finalists

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 6 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships, Middlesex County Championships and London Regional Championships.

Progression: Swimmers who do not meet the minimum attendance or competition standard level will be moved to Youth or Regional Age, dependant on age and training performance standards.

Coach: Helen Ford       Email: helenverena@hotmail.co.uk

Minimum Attendance: 2 pool sessions a week.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy & Fins. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Youth Development Squad Aspirations:  

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).

Develop swimming fitness.

Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.

Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 4 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Youth Development squad aims: 

Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke

Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.

Teach Racing Starts & Turns.

Coach: Bradley Hill                        Email: bradley_hill95@yahoo.co.uk

Minimum Attendance: 3 pool sessions a week + 1 land training session

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins & Hand Paddles. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Youth Squad Aspirations:         

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).

Develop swimming fitness.

Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.

Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 4 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Youth squad aims:           

Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke

Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.

Teach Racing Starts & Turns.

Coach: Callum Hill             Email: callumhill1995@live.co.uk

Minimum Attendance: 2 pool sessions a week + Thursday Land Training session.

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy & Fins. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Club Squad Aspirations:  

Progress towards gaining Middlesex County Qualifying Times (where age applicable).

Develop swimming fitness.

Progress starts & turns (with underwater phase in all strokes) in racing situations.

Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 competitive strokes.

Competitions (minimum requirement): Swimmers should compete in at least 4 competitions a season, 1 of which must be Borough of Harrow Club Championships.

Club squad aims:

 Develop technique on all 4 competitive stroke

Develop Streamline and underwater phase for all 4 strokes.

Teach Racing Starts & Turns.

Progression: Once the swimmer has achieved the desired skill level swimmers will progress to Youth Development.

Coach: Bradley Hill                       Email: bradley_hill95@yahoo.co.uk(link sends e-mail)

Equipment: Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins & Hand Paddles. Swimmers must also bring either 2 x 500ml or 1ltr full water bottle/s to each session.

Masters Squad Aspirations:  

Develop swimming fitness.

Continue to develop stroke technique on all 4 strokes.

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