To promote and encourage competitive swimming in the local area.
KGSC is affiliated to Swim England ( formerly the ASA) which is an amateur association. All coaching staff and the many other members that contribute to the running of the club are entirely voluntary. The voluntary nature of the club allows us to offer very low training fees, and as such we aim to be and believe we are, the best value club in the County. Alongside this, the club endeavours to ensure that all its members are well mannered at all times and to realise the importance of punctuality, self-discipline and commitment to themselves and other members of the club. The club aims to treat every member equally, and to ensure they enjoy learning in a safe and friendly environment. Members are given the opportunity to develop in several key areas, including: - Stroke technique and race skills - Fitness levels - Competitive spirit and sportsmanship - Knowledge of leading a healthier lifestyle.
To develop these key areas the club combines several strands of Swim England's Long Term Development - Athlete Model: Swimskills - Building Technique The club works on developing excellent technique in all four strokes as well as starts, turns and finishing skills. Studies have also shown that swimmers who do not specialise early may have a slower initial increase in performance; however, they ultimately reach a higher level of achievement. Training to Train - Building the Engine During this phase, there is an emphasis on aerobic or endurance conditioning. Swimming is an ‘endurance’ sport therefore training and competition for young swimmers should have an endurance base. The focus is still training which is predominantly of high volume low intensity workloads. Training to Compete - Optimising the Engine Here there is a continued emphasis on physical conditioning with the focus on maintaining high volume workloads but with increasing intensity where the emphasis is on developing individual strengths and working on weaknesses. This is achieved through practicing technical and tactical skills based around specific strokes at all distances, or specific distances across a range of strokes. Training to Win - Maximising the Engine During this stage, the emphasis is on specialisation and performance enhancement. All of the swimmer’s physical, technical, tactical, mental and ancillary capacities should now be fully established with the focus shifting to producing the best possible performance
Members have the opportunity to put these development areas into competitive practice through representation at open meets and club competitions. The club strives to get as many members as possible to achieve County level times, with a view to achieving Regional and National times. We acknowledge however, that success is different from member to member and aim to recognise achievement at all levels.