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Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club welcomes girls and boys of all ages

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Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club is a friendly, affordable, competitive club catering for girls and boys aged 4+ from beginners to competitive swimmers.The club provides training for swimmers of all abilities to County and National Standards. The emphasis is on competition and the club participates in friendly and league galas throughout the year.

All our coaches are ASA qualified and all the club's activities are covered under the ASA Insurance Scheme.

Teaching Programme

Sutton and Cheam Swimming Club's teaching programme and club structure follows the ASA's 'National Plan for Teaching Swimming' (NPTS) 10 Stage "FUNdamentals", which is designed to provide a structured progression from 'Learn to Swim' through skill and fitness development, to competition development. Stages 1 to 7 take the swimmer from the basic skills; through gradual skill development in all strokes, to pre-competition.

Swimmers progress through the various levels as they become more proficient. Progression is based on the attainment of specific skills relating to the aims of each group.

Boys and Girls who can already swim, can usually be fast-tracked into later stages of the programme (see 'How to Join').

Demand for places is high and parents wishing to place younger children on our waiting list are encouraged to do so. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis as they become available.

Stages 1 to 4 of the NPTS programme relate to our Width Groups W1 to W4. The coach of each group will continually assess the swimmers' progress and will move them on to the next group when the time is right, following consultation with the parents.

Widths 1 (Stage 1, NPTS) concentrates on developing basic safety awareness and confidence; and basic movement skills with small class sizes. Swimmers may use buoyancy aids.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 12:1

Widths 2 (Stage 2, NPTS) begins to develop safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back up to a distance of 5 metres. Swimmers again may continue to use buoyancy aids.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 12:1

Widths 3 (Stage 3, NPTS) - includes submersion, travelling up to 10 metres on the front and back, and water safety. At this stage, the Swimmer will be assessed without the use of aids or support.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 12:1

Widths 4 (Stage 4 NPTS) increases the range of skills, refines kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 12:1


Stages 5 to 7 of the NPTS programme relate to our Development Groups D3 to D1. Again, the coach of each group will continually assess the swimmers' progress and will move them on to the next group when the time is right, following consultation with the parents.

Development 3 (Stage 5, NPTS) begins the transition to lengths training and further developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills as well as performing all strokes for a distance of 10 metres or more to standard given by the ASA within the NPTS resources.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

Development 2 (Stage 6, NPTS) - further develops swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres and beginning to have an understanding of preparation for exercise.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

Development 1 (Stage 7, NPTS) - Continues to build on quality stroke technique up to 100 metres and begins training over multiple lengths on all strokes as a basis for Pre-competition.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

 

Competitive Swimming

Once the Swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water through stages 1 - 7; stages 8, 9 and 10 of the NPTS are discipline specific and the swimmer may then have the choice to take part in the different aquatic disciplines, Competitive Swimming and Mini-polo


The Club runs three competition training squads (Junior / Youth / Top) which cater for our swimmers as they leave the Development groups and progress through to elite competition. These are designed to fast track the more able swimmers with the potential to compete at County, Regional and National levels. Our County and Club Squads are aimed at those swimmers who may wish to compete at a lower level, or who do not wish to play water polo.


Junior Squad (Coach: James DeBrunner)

On entering the squad swimmers should be aspiring to progress to youth squad. Prior to promotion swimmers may be asked to attend some youth squad sessions by way of preparation.

Junior Squad Criteria for entry

  • Minimum Attendance of 2 sessions/week; preferably 3
  • Must be able to swim 3 out of 4 strokes with legal technique
  • Must have the ability to swim a minimum of 800m continuously with reasonable technique
  • Good attitude to training
  • Willingness to represent the club in interclub events, and in club endorsed, supported Open Meets and the Club Championships
  • Squad fees are applicable and payable by standing order

Aim of the squad:

  • Stroke work, focus on technique
  • Understanding different drills and swimming sets
  • Learning the basics of the clock
  • Starts, turns and relay takeovers
  • Competitive Start Award
  • Introduction to competition

Progression will not be considered unless the swimmer is undertaking all junior sessions.

Equipment: Kit bag, containing hat, goggles, kickboard, pull buoy, fins, drinks bottle. All equipment should be fully labelled, your child will lose equipment and it is difficult to return it if it is anonymous!

Youth Squad (Coach: Helen Andrews)

Further emphasis is put on training for competition with the emphasis on developing technique, endurance and speed. This phase also places emphasis on racing starts and turns and introduces our young swimmers to the rules of competition. This stage also usually gives swimmers their first taste of competition at club and 'friendly' galas with the emphasis on enjoyment and improvement.

On entering the squad swimmers should be aspiring to progress to top squad. As a swimmer ascends the squad structure, the level of commitment expected to training and competition increases. In order to join the next squad above, swimmers will be expected to demonstrate the required level of commitment and attendance during a trial period. Prior to promotion swimmers may be asked to attend some top squad sessions by way of preparation.

Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 30:1

Youth Squad Criteria for entry

  • Must have the ability or potential to achieve County qualifying times
  • Minimum Attendance of 4 sessions/week; preferably 5
  • Minimum age 8 years. Age Range 8 -12.
  • Good attitude to training
  • Willingness to represent the club in interclub events, and in club endorsed, supported Open Meets and the Club Championships
  • Squad fees are applicable and payable by standing order

Concentration is on technique rather than speed:

  • Focus on technique, PBs, County Qualifying Times, Junior League Selection
  • Building stamina
  • Reading the clock and working out swim times
  • Pacing - understanding different race speeds and how to push themselves.
  • Swimmers learning to pace themselves
  • All four strokes
  • Continue to work on starts/turns/finishes
  • Learn good streamlining at all times

Progression will not be considered unless the swimmer is undertaking all five youth sessions.

Equipment: Kit bag, containing hat, goggles, kickboard, pull buoy, fins, hand paddles and drinks bottle. All equipment should be fully labelled, your child will lose equipment and it is difficult to return it if it is anonymous!

Top Squad (Coach: Jim Walker)

Concentrates further on skill, fitness and speed development. Land training is introduced together with additional pool time.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 30:1

Top Squad Criteria for entry

  • Minimum attendance of 4 sessions/week; preferably 5
  • Focus on County/Regional/National Qualifying Times & major
  • club competitions such as the National Arena League
  • Have to be able to swim all four strokes competently and with legal technique
  • Have to be able to start and turn competently in all four strokes
  • Good attitude to training
  • Ability and commitment to achieve County and Regional Qualifying times
  • Willingness to represent the club in League and Open Galas
  • Willingness to attend land training sessions

County & Competition County Squads (Coaches: Dave Andrews/Andy Lawrance)

The County and Competition County squads continue with a full programme again designed to develop technique, endurance and speed but to a less intensive level than the Junior Squad above.

County and Competition County squad swimmers are still able to compete and the club enters 'B' and 'C' galas throughout the year to give them a taste of competition.

The structure is very flexible and swimmers are able to move between squads at any stage. In this way, we are able to catch the 'late developers'.

Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

County Squad

Caters for those younger swimmers reaching the top of D1 who are either not interested in moving to top quality competition swimming; or who are not prepared to commit to the minimum session requirements of the junior squad.

County Squad Criteria for entry
  • Must be able to swim 3 out of 4 strokes with legal technique
  • Minimum of 2 sessions/week; preferably 3
  • Approximate age range 11-14
  • Must have the ability to swim a minimum of 800m continuously with reasonable technique
  • Good attitude to training
  • Willingness to represent the club in League and Open Galas and to compete in club events
  • Focus on development of technique, endurance, PBs, B/C Gala selection

Competition County Squad (Coaches: Ian Rooke/Dave Andrews)

The Competition County squad is intended for those swimmers that wish to continue training to compete (both swimming and water polo) without the fullest commitment required of the Top and Youth Squads. Swimmers are expected to be self motivated and committed to training hard. Swimmers are able to compete and represent the club at 'B' grade galas and Open Meets throughout the year.

Competition County Criteria for entry

  • Minimum attendance of 3 sessions/week: preferably 4
  • Approximate age range 12-18
  • Have to be able to swim all four strokes competently and with legal technique
  • Good attitude to training
  • Willingness to represent the club in interclub events,'B' grade galas and Open Meets
  • Focus on technique,endurance,PB's,gala selection
Training Cycles

In very simple terms The Head and Squad Coaches will design the training plan to prepare the swimmers in each squad to compete at their full potential at targeted events.

The schedules at each session are designed to achieve certain specific objectives but form part of a planned annual training cycle built around the competition calendar.

Over the course of the year (the swimming calendar runs from September through to July) the coaches will include longer and tougher sessions to give the swimmers greater strength, endurance and fitness, and also shorter sessions to sharpen swimmers as key competitions approach (these sessions will include shorter swims at greater speed).

The various squads will target different competitions and the training will be designed around these but in the case of both Top and Youth Squads, the Surrey County Championships, The London Region Championships and The Arena League Galas will feature strongly in the planning


Water Polo Swim Training

Swimming ability and endurance are pre-requisites for water polo and swim lanes are reserved during County and Club Squad sessions for our junior and senior water polo players, many of whom continue to represent the club in major swimming competitions when water polo fixtures allow it.


Mini Polo

Mini polo training takes place on Monday evening at Old Palace School and on Sunday afternoon at Legal & General Pool for our youngest players.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

Junior Water Polo Training

Junior water polo training takes place on Wednesday evening at Cheam Leisure Centre for our junior players (Matches permitting).
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

Senior Water Polo Training

Senior water polo training takes place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Cheam Leisure Centre and Morden Park Pool for our senior and more experienced junior players.
Swimmer:coach ratio not to exceed 20:1

   

 

   
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