Squads

Squads

The Putteridge Squads are structured as seen below.  Standard and age will be considered to determine the best squad for the swimmer and when progression to another squad will happen.

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Masters Squad

Here is a brief over view of Masters swimming and how it has evolved over the years as many people do not know the background or what it involves. Masters Swimming began in USA in the 70’s, where ex ‘elite’ swimmers organised a competition for adult swimmers. This has now grown rapidly worldwide and hosts its own, European and World Championships. A Masters swimmer is classified as over 25. It incorporates and welcomes everyone no matter what the reason for swimming promoting broad objectives of better health, fitness and friendships between swimmers with no compulsion to compete. It encompasses a whole range of ability from casual fitness to highly organised competitive swimming...

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Senior Performance Squad

This is the Elite Performance Squad and the swimmers in this Squad are competing at the highest level of the British swimming Competition Calendar. Swimmers in this squad are County Champions and at least Regional Qualifiers, as well as National Qualifiers, National Champions and British Championship Qualifiers.

Swimmers within this squad are expected to have an extremly high level of dedication and commitment with a good understanding of training techniques. Swimmers must work with the Performance Coaches and have the right mentality to achieve their goals and achieve their maximum potential. We would expect swimmers in Senior Performance Sprint Squad to train a minimum of 6 sessions along with an individual Strength and Conditioning programme that is to be used twice a week.

This Squad i...

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Performance Squads Silver and Gold

July 2016- Please see Entry Requirements and waiting list criteria found via home page.

The Performance Squads are the Competing Squads, they attend Open Meets to qualify for County, Regional Championships and National Competitions. Swimmers are expected to have a good understanding of training techniques, be committed and dedicated to work with the Performance Coaches to achieve their goals and achieve their maximum potential. We would expect swimmers in Performance Silver to train a minimum of 4 times a week and Performance Gold train a minimum 5 sessions per week.

These Squads are highly specific with each swimmers’ aim at the heart of the training programme. At this stage focusing on Freestyle and their preferred number one stroke. Criteria for the Performance Squads:

Performance Silve...

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Junior Performance Squad

July 2016- Please see Entry Requirements and waiting list criteria found via home page.

This Squad is by invitation only. It consists of our Junior County Qualifiers seeking Regional Qualification. The age guideline for this squad is 9-12, with the younger ones proficient in all 4 strokes and the older ones beginning to specify.

Criteria for this squad is County Qualification in at least a 50m and a 200m event or within 5 % and those invited by Head Coach and Team that have shown progression, commitment and dedication to training. This Squad also work to a specific programme and needs commitment to at least 4 sessions in order for the swimmer to achieve to the level they wish.

From a competition angle these are on the advice of the Head Coach and Junior Performance Coach as to the appropri...

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Development Squad Gold and Silver

Swimmers in this squad have progressed to swimming more sessions and are looking to build on the skills learned in the Piranhas squad, with a general age guide of 7-11 yrs. This squad has improved strokes with a baseline of 3  strokes technically proficient, however, training still looks to improve technique, along with aerobic and sprint work.

These swimmers participate in appropriate level of Open Competition to improve their race experience and are working towards achieving county qualifying times...

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Super Star Squad

Putteridge SC ‘Super Stars’caters for those young swimmers aged 8 and under that meet the entry standard criteria being able to swim at least 25m unaided.

At PSC we have a close working relationship with the local community where we work in partnership with schools and learn to swim programmes to offer a learner pathway to develop skills and confidence in the water.

Swimmers can swim in 1 of 3 sessions a week which provides the flexibility to work around parent’s work and family commitments

Within the session we provide a coach to swimmer ratio of 1:6 which allows the swimmers to gain more attention and help within a session that would not be possible with a larger ratio.

We at PSC believe our one hour session allows the swimmers to practise their skills for longer and progress at a faster...

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Piranhas

Piranhas

This squad is for the younger swimmers (7-9) and is used as an introduction to a more competitive environment. Our programme runs in accordance with British Swimming’s Long Term Athlete Development strategy which at this stage involves interesting, varied and structured sessions that are predominately based on improving stroke technique as well as agility,balance, co-ordination and speed.

This squad also compliments those swimmers who already attend our Super Star Squad lessons as it allows a faster progression working alongside our qualified ASA level 1 and 2 teachers.

Entry to the squad is by trial and swimmers need to be able to swim 25M on their front and 25M on their back to be considered and is age appropriate. The Piranhas train two sessions per week...

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Triathlon

Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.  The sport itself covers the three elements of swim, bike and run.  Putteridge SC has experienced triathletes coming from different backgrounds in regards to swimming. Swimmers (current and former) who have decided to take up triathlon and Triathletes looking to improve the swimming element

Putteridge SC offer tailored swimming programmes for its triathlete members that complement the bike and run training in their programme.  We are also offering guided bike rides on an ad hoc basis and group runs.

We have a number of coaches qualified in coaching triathlon with a further two members as level 1 tri coaches and a Swim Smooth Coach within the club.  We also have two further members taking the Level 1 qualification in 2015...

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Pentathlon

Putteridge SC have in 2014 become a member club of Pentathlon GB.

The decision was taken as we have a number of members already involved in Pentathlon GB who train in the swim element with the club. With the Club development into triathlon as well it means that we can start to offer running as part of the training programme too, further helping our Pentathlon athletes.

As we develop further in this area we will be updating this page. Please have a look in our News archive or search for member’s achievements in Pentathlon events.

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