SWIM 21 The effect on both club and swimmer ASA AIMS • To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to Learn to Swim • To provide the pathways to ensure everyone can achieve their potential • To win Gold medals on the world stage The Aim of Swim 21 “ To provide appropriate opportunities for swimmers, in order that they will achieve their full potential” The Swim 21 Objectives • Nationally recognised ASA Club Development Programme • Establish networks for clubs • Clear pathways for individuals through the Club Structure • Club Action Planning process • Partnership approach Why Swim 21? We need to encourage: • Long term planning • Working together Why Swim 21? • What was getting in the way of your success? • What do clubs want? • More pool time • More support • More Guidance • Better relationship with local Authorities • Closer contact with the ASA Teaching Skill Development “Quality opportunities to “Quality opportunities to develop technical skills in develop basic skills which lay a training environment” the foundation for future enjoyment” SWIM 21 Four progressive stages Performance Competitive Development “A training programme “A training programme which which consistently consistently produces athletes at produces athletes at District and National Age Group National level and above” level” Teaching • A multi skilled approach • National teaching and coaching plan • ASA Award Scheme • ASA Teacher • Links to Skill Development Skill Development • Links to the Teaching Programme • 4 – 7 hours water time available per week • ASA Club Coach • Land based conditioning programme • Club Action Plans • Competition level: School, Inter club and County • Links to the Competitive Development environment Competitive Development • Links to Skill Development • 8 – 16 hours water time available per week • ASA Coach • Individual swimmer orientated land based conditioning and training programme • Individual swimmer orientated water based training programme • Competition level: County, Designated Meetings, District and National Age Groups • Links to the Performance environment Swim 21 Programme Pool Coaching Competition Time Qualification Performance 17 + hrs ASA Coach National Competitive 8 – 16 hrs ASA Coach NAG Development District Designated Skill 4 – 7 hrs ASA Club County Development Coach Inter Club League Teaching Sessional ASA Teacher FUN What It Means For The Club An athlete centred approach to help our swimmers achieve their best The Swimmer Centred Approach ASA/NGB/RGB Local Authorities The Club Club Coach Teachers Volunteers Swimmer ESC Pool Time Training Social Activities Fundraising ASA NCF Counties How can Swim 21 help ? • It will allow swimmers and clubs to achieve their full potential • At each career stage provide the necessary support for swimmers • Enhanced support from the ASA which will allow clubs to gain national recognition • The identification of training opportunities and assist in the allocation of pool time Swim 21 Target Areas The Swim 21 process relates to the attainment of targets in the following areas: • Swimmer development • Coaching staff development • Club administration • Partnership development What does Dinnaton have to do? • Conduct an audit of where the club is now • Forward the initial audit to the ASA for assessment • Create an Action Plan based on the results of the ASA’s assessment • Submit a second audit for accreditation assessment • Undertake continual development of the club under the Swim 21 remit Swim 21 is …….. • A flexible process designed to allow both club and swimmer to develop to their fullest potential • A process that should provide a range of opportunities for all swimmers at every level How does Swim 21 practically affect the Coaches and Swimmers at Dinnaton? Recent History • For 10 Years Dinnaton has been the most successful small club in Devon – FACT • We have steadily improved both in coaching and in swimmer performance during this time. – FACT • However we realise that in the 21st century we need to formalise our training and show that we follow quality procedures. • To ignore change, is to risk all our good work going to waste. Identification of talented swimmers • We have an obligation to you as a family to identify your talented Son or Daughter • This obligation is to the benefit of, primarily “The Swimmer,” and then “The sport.” • It is designed to equip and direct swimmers towards appropriate competition. • We must review this often to ensure we do not miss anyone. Identifying Talent - Facts • Dinnaton has had swimmers competing in National Competition every year since 1995. • On several occasions Dinnaton Swimmers have been National finalists. • One swimmer went on to become National Champion two years in a row. • One year seven Dinnaton Swimmers attended the Nationals • A total of 14 swimmers have competed at National level for Dinnaton since 1995 Individual swimmer development programme • All swimmers irrespective of Squad or talent will have an access to individual training and development programme which will form the basis of their training. • This will be done singly if necessary or when possible by several swimmers of same standard. Identifying Talent • Under the direction of Head Coach, the coaching staff will identify those Squad Members as having possible potential to become “National Qualified Swimmers” or above – • Note This is a requirement of Swim 21 • They can come from any Squad – Senior, Intermediate or Junior. Age is immaterial Identifying Talent • Identified swimmers from any Squad will be known as • Junior? • Intermediate? • Senior? What age does a swimmer change squads? • Basically – at any age within reason • The terms, Senior – Intermediate and Junior refer to Talent and maturity within the sport – rather than purely age. • A swimmer however would not be asked to change to a squad where she or he would not be able to handle the training – This is of primary importance Time Table for selection • Dinnaton Coaches will have a meeting within the next six weeks to pick group. • Other swimmers will be asked to join this group as they show talent/mature • Extreme sensitivity will be exercised to ensure swimmers do not feel they have failed if they cannot keep up. • Around 8 - 12 swimmers will make up group in first instance. Names of the Squads Squad set up – What shall we call the squads? • ABC? • 1&2&3 • Sharks, Porpoises and Minnows • Junior, Intermediate & Senior Squad Set Up • 3 Squads in first instance 1. Junior 2. Intermediate 3. Senior Junior Squad • Dedicated lead coach responsible to Head Coach (+ assistants) • Transition from “Teaching’’ to “Training’’ • Competitive Start award • Learning all the strokes including Butterfly • Progressive training programme as swimmers develop Intermediate Squad • Dedicated lead coach (+ assistants) responsible to Head Coach • Training program designed to give swimmer improvement greater than that attributable to just strength and growth – accent on technique Senior Squad • Head coach led – back up from Deputy Chief Coach • Training programme designed for individual swimmer’s needs to ensure that they are able to peak for competition and achieve full potential. Dinnaton Swimming Club Organisational Chart Nan Lowden - John Wright Head Teacher Chief Coach Club Captain Teaching Staff Martyn Bushnell Sophie Wright – Lesley McCreery Intermediate Coach Junior squad Master’s Coach and Deputy Chief Coach Coach Assistant Coaches – Sam Clay, Tom Loseby, Emma Elliott, Leanne Elliott, Paul Edison Senior, Intermediate and Junior Squads Overall Training Programme • Training year spilt into three targeted cycles focussed as follows: • Cycle One – Senior GB Long Course Championships April) • Cycle Two – National Age Group and Youth Championships (August) • Cycle Three – Senior Western Counties Championships (November) Squad Swimmers • Once per week swimmers will train as a group with the Chief Coach when water time permits. At other times these swimmers will remain in the group that they are in at present, but consideration will be given to them as Potential National Swimmers by their coach. • We are very conscious that all other swimmers will also need to be given the consideration they require and deserve to fulfil their potential What is expected of a Swimmer • Be willing to attend as much training as possible increasing as they get older and stronger (bearing in mind Dinnaton’s consideration of Schoolwork) • Be willing to keep a log-book of their Swimming Life • Be willing to learn and carry out Land exercises in the Gym. • Make every effort to keep themselves motivated Advice for parents of Swimmers • If selected please give it a chance. Your Children are resilient and can do more training than you may think • Talk to the Chief coach if you are concerned about training v schoolwork. He is very sympathetic. • Follow advice about diet – sleep – injury management Advantages of dedication • Develop Self Reliance • Very little chance of delinquency • A worthwhile lifelong sport • Develop physical attributes and Healthy life-style • Develop leadership • Can help with GCSE and A Level • Chance to become a Swimming Teacher and earn pocket money Competition programme • Club will produce a balanced programme calendar that includes competitions for All levels of swimmer in the club including swimmers without aspirations of top competition • Parents and swimmers will be actively encouraged by the coaching staff and Competition Secretary to enter competitions to gain experience in the competitive arena as part of the swimmer’s overall development.
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