Sussex County

Sussex County

Amateur Swimming Association


Swimmer Development Pathway 2018

During the course of 2018 Sussex County ASA will be delivering the Development Pathway being rolled out by Swim England’s  Talent Team. Sussex has fully committed to the programme and will be investing more than £2,500 during the financial year 2018/19. 

Where Sussex will deviate from the National programme is that we will be including swimmers from three age groups – 10yrs, 11yrs and 12yrs. This means that some swimmers who meet the selection criteria set out below will be able to benefit from three years on the programme.

The Development Pathway will consist of:

  • Three day-long camps which are expected to take place in May, October and December 2018 – the dates and venues are currently being confirmed.
  • Help and advice about rest, recovery, nutrition and lifestyle
  • Parents’ and swimmer workshops
  • Coach development workshops
Members of the 2018 squad getting a briefing.

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 reinforce basic skills and efficiency of movement 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 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.

2018/2019 Squad selection criteria:

Swimmers will be selected for the 2018/2019 Sussex Develop Pathway Programme on the basis of performance at the 2018 County Championships and Age Group Competition. 

  1. The top 12 swimmers from all events identified using FINA points, in each age group (10yrs, 11yrs and 12yrs) and gender will gain automatic qualification. 
  2. Only in exceptional circumstances will the selectors; County Coach, Team Manager and Programme Lead, reserve the right to invite any other swimmer they feel could attain the standard of performance required.
Giving feedback

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 make the most of every moment in the pool. You can download these presentation from the links opposite:


Delivery of the programme will be through:

  • Head Coach – Stephen Murphy (Mid Sussex Marlins)
  • Lead Team Manager – Andy Lobley (Atlantis SC)
  • Programme Lead – Brian DeVal – County Development Manager.

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


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

Land Training

Performance nutrition

Performance lifestyle

10 top tips for parents

The Ideal Swimming Parent

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