Tonbridge SC club structure is designed in line with the ASA Long Term Athlete Development. The aim of the structure is to provide swimmer’s with the appropriate level of training for their age and ability.
The Head Coach will assess new swimmers prior to joining the Club, and base on their age and ability swimmers will be assigned an appropriate squad. Progression through the squads will be assessed by the squad coach and performance, with the final decision being with the Head Coach. Swimmers are encouraged to take part in Club Championships and time trials as this helps with monitoring progression through the squads.
As a member of TSC, swimmers are expected to attend all the necessary training sessions. Swimmers who do not attend training on a regular basis will result in slow progression, risk their place in the squad, and prevent a swimmer from reaching their full potential.
Platinum (Age 9 – 13) and Junior Club Squad (Age 14 – 18)
These squads are designed for those who only want to swim for fun and fitness. There is an opportunity for them transfer across to the competitive squads if they meet the entry requirements. Swimmers are encourage to enter the Club Championships.
Platinum Competitive Squad (Age 9 – 11)
This is our first entry squad from our Learn to Swim framework. Swimmer’s in this group are expected to attend a minimum of two sessions per week. Swimmer’s will continue to build on developing good technique on all four strokes, starts and turns as well as building on their fitness and stamina to improve their aerobic capacity.
Junior Club & Junior County Development Squads (Age 10 – 12)
Swimmer’s should be aiming to qualify for county times, and expected to attend a minimum of three sessions per week. Swimmer’s will continue to build on developing good technique on all four strokes, starts and turns as well as building on their fitness and stamina to improve their aerobic capacity.
County Squad & Top Club Squad
For swimmer’s with and aiming to qualify for county times and for those who are committed to regularly training and enjoy competing.
National & Regional Squad
This is our top squad for competitive swimming.
Master’s (Age 18+)
This is for adults aged 18 years and over. Everyone is welcome to join, whether to improve your fitness, compete or wanting to swim for leisure. It is not compulsory for Masters to compete and there is no pressure on the number of sessions to attend per week. Our Masters range from fitness swimming, triathletes to those competing at county, regional and national masters championships.