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Swimmer Development Pathway

Members of the development squad at our Eastbourne camp

During the course of 2017 Sussex County ASA will be delivering the Development Pathway for 11-year-olds being rolled out by the England Talent. Sussex has fully committed to the programme and will be investing over £2,500 during the financial year 2017/18. In addition we are extending the programme to include 10yrs old and 12yrs old swimmers who meet the criteria set out in this note.

The Development Pathway will consist of:

  • Three day-long camps which are expected to take place in May, October and December 2017 – the dates and venues are currently being confirmed.
  • Parents’ and swimmer workshops
  • Coach workshops

England Programmes is positioned at the centre of a fully aligned cohesive pathway aimed at developing and support the and the whole team who support this process by offering leadership and guidance.

Performance nutrition and lifestyle 

Becoming a performance athlete isn’t just abound training, you need to think about what you eat and how you plan your day. English Programmes have produced some helpful advice for parents and athletes that will help make the most of every moment in the pool. You can download these presentation below:

Performance nutrition

Performance lifestyle

Scottish Swimming have produced a helpful guide for parents of talented young swimmers.

Every swimmer on the squad will need to complete an Athlete Health & Fitness declaration, these will need to be completed for each camp and handed in at the start of the day.

Download the Athlete Health & Fitness declaration declaration.

A minimum of 24 swimmers (12 Male/ 12 Female) and a maximum of 36 (18 Male/ 18 Females) will be selected.

Before swimmers are invited to join the programme the county will require a minimum commitment of attendance at 3×1 day events in May, October and December (at various dates/locations within the County).

The swimmer selection criteria for the programme follow the recommendations of the ASA Policy for 11 year olds (age at 31 December).

  • The ASA rankings database will be used for selection purposes. Only times achieved between September 1st 2016 and the Monday following the final County Championship weekend in 2017, will be considered.
  • Swimmers must have competed in a least one event at the County Championships (extenuating circumstances such as illness/ injury will be considered where possible).
  • Swimmers will be selected based upon their county representation and not their club.
  • The highest ranked 11 year old Male and Female (age as at 31st December in the year of competition), in each event competed at County Championships will be initially selected.
  • Further selections will be made from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc ranked swimmers. Where swimmers have an equal ranking, selections will be made prioritised according to the highest Fina Point Score in a single event.
  • Selections can be from either short or long course rankings but should be congruent with County Championship mode
  • Swimmer selections must be completed within one week of the completion of the County Championships.
  • Swimmers and Home Coaches must be informed within two weeks of the completion of the County Championships.
  • Swimmers must reply to confirm whether they will be accepting or declining their place on the programme within three weeks of the completion of the County Championships.
  • Swimmers will only be selected if they are indicating that they can commit to the full three day programme.

Any reserve swimmers and their respective home coaches will then be informed within four weeks of the completion of the County Championships. All places on the programme must be filled and all paperwork returned by the end of March 2017, ready for the first camp of the programme that is scheduled to take place in April 2017.

    A minimum of 24 swimmers (12 Male/ 12 Female) and a maximum of 36 (18 Male/ 18 Females) will be selected.

    Before swimmers are invited to join the programme the county will require a minimum commitment of attendance at 3×1 day events in May, October and December (at various dates/locations within the County).

    10 and 12 year old swimmers

    Sussex has for a number of years delivered a development programme for 10, 11 and 12 year old  swimmers (age at 31 December) with selection based on their performance at the County Championships.

    We are continuing this programme for 10 and 12 year old (age at 31 December) swimmers who meet the following criteria:

    •  Are in the top 8 male and female swimmers based on FINA points from all events swam in the County Championships.

    Key objectives for the Pathway Programme

    • To provide a link between club training and regional/national training days and camps
    • To provide an environment for athletes to train, interact and learn with new/different and like minded athletes, coaches and support staff;
    • To provide an opportunity for athletes to replicate any good examples and great skills of other athletes and staff;
    • To reinforce basic skills and efficiency of movement which in turn minimises drag and maximises propulsion with an end result of these skills filtering back into daily routines;
    • To improve the “trainability” of the athletes by emphasising self discipline, self assessment, coping with challenges, raising expectations, engaging them in decision making and promoting accountability, and
    • To train athletes in a positive environment where praise is given for great effort, skill improvements, good examples and good behaviour.
    Leadership

    Delivery of the programme will be through:

    • Head Coach – Nigel Carrucan (Brighton Swimming Club)
    • Lead Team Manager – Andy Lobley (Atlantis Swimming Club)
    • Programme Lead – Brian DeVal – County Development Manager.

    This team will be supported by skills coaches and assistant team managers representing clubs from across the county.