Tonbridge SC club structure is based on the Swim England Optimal Athlete Development Franework in tandem with the Athlete Development Support Pathway (an upgraded version of Long term Athlete Development). The aim of the structure is to provide swimmers with the appropriate level of training for their age and ability.
The Head Coach will assess new swimmers prior to joining the Club, and based 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 expected to take part in the annual 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. If attendance criteria is not met swimmers may be moved to a different squad that reflects their attendance.
Junior County Development Squad
(Age 10-11 years)
Swimmers should be aiming to achieve at least 1 County time in an Olympic event. They are expected to attend a minimum of three sessions per week. This squad requires a minimum of 3 sessions a week or 4.5 hours pool training. 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.
(Age 10+ years)
For swimmers with and at least 1 County qualifying time in an Olympic event to enter this squad. This squad is for those who are committed to regularly training and enjoy competing. There is a requirement to attend a minimum of 8 hours training a week.
National & Regional Squad
(Age 12+ years)
This is our top squad for competitive swimming and entry to this squad requires at least 1 Automatic Regional qualifying time. There is a requirement to attend a minimum of 8 hours training a week.
Masters and Junior Masters
(Junior Masters age 16-18 years, Masters age 18 + years)
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.