One of the major aims of the Club is to try and improve the transition of young swimmers into the Competition Squad, and to try and build a squad that can compete in team galas. We are working within the constraints of pool size and access, but hope that the new structure will be clearer to follow and will allow swimmers to progress throughout all squads. ACADEMY SQUAD Swimmers accepted to this squad will firstly need to come along to a trial/taster session run by the KGSC coaches. Sessions are focused on improving technique and building speed and stamina, but also include plenty of opportunity for fun There is the chance to compete in some fun Gala's and low level Meets to gain competition experience Training Schedule: Saturday 10.00 - 12.00 Sunday 07.45 - 09.00 Age Range: Typically swimmers should be under the age of 11 when joining this squad, and the upper age is 12. Progression: To the Competition Squad at the discretion or the Head Coach/Lead coaches, based on their performance in the Academy Squad
COMPETITION SQUAD This is our squad of competitive swimmers and requires high levels of discipline and commitment. Training is focused on preparing swimmers for competition, in a fun but competitive environment Swimmers should try to attend all of the competitions in the gala calendar including Team Galas and Open Meets that are suited to their ability level and are expected to attend at least 70-80% of all sessions. Training Schedule: Sunday 07.00 - 08.00 in Pool - all Competition squad Sunday 08.00 - 09.00 Land Training - for 14 and over only Sunday 08.00 - 09.00 in Pool - for 13 and under only Monday, Wednesday and Friday 06.00 - 07.30 Progression: To the Performance Squad at the discretion or the Head Coach/Lead coaches, based on their performance in the Competition Squad
PERFORMANCE SQUAD This is our 'elite' squad swimmers based on times and requires the highest level of commitment. Training is focused on preparing swimmers for competition and particularly achieving County standard performance and beyond. Training Schedule: Sunday 07.00 - 08.00 in Pool Sunday 08.00 - 09.00 Land Training - for 14 and over only Sunday 08.00 - 09.00 in Pool - for 13 and under only Sunday 18.00 - 19.00 with Masters Monday, Wednesday and Friday 06.00 - 07.30
MASTERS SQUAD Masters squad is for our more experienced swimmers aged 18 and over. The ability range is quite wide, but you must have previous experience of training or competing in swimming Masters swimming is geared around improving fitness and technique, although we encourage any Master to compete on behalf of the Club at Masters Open meets. Training Schedule: Sunday 18.00 - 19.00 (also includes the Performance Squad) Monday 20.00 - 21.00 Age Limit: Over 18
Please note: Progression to any squad is at the invitation of KGSC lead coaches and only swimmers deemed to have sufficient levels of behaviour and commitment will be invited to progress. In addition whilst the schedule above runs through the year, the Sports Centre is not open on Bank Holidays and any other changes to the schedule e.g. Christmas training schedule and reduced August schedule will be notified where possible.