High level overview of  Squads  (See BPSC Squad Criteria document for full details)

Gold 1           14+ yrs

Club set qualifying times.   Minimum 7 sessions/week


Gold 2            12 - 15yrs

Club set qualifying times.   Minimum 6 sessions/week


Gold 3       9 – 13yrs

County qualifying times.  Minimum 5 session per week.


Silver 1      Silver 1 =14+yrs           

County qualifying times.  Minimum 5 session per week


Silver 2      Silver 2 = 10yrs – 13yrs         

County qualifying times.  Minimum 4 session per week

For ASA Cat2 registered competitive swimmers without QT times for Gold  Squads


Bronze  1 & 2      Bronze 1 =14+yrs    Bronze 2 =11yrs – 13yrs

Minimum 1 session per week

These Squads are comprised of competitive swimmers who cannot commit to the attendance criteria for the Gold or Silver squads and also for those swimmers who may not wish to compete on a regular basis.

 

Masters      16yrs+

The Masters & Junior Masters Squad is a combination of competitive and non-competitive swimmers. There is no pressure to enter galas.


Development 1 & 2      8yrs – 11yrs

Minimum sessions:  Dev1 = 4, Dev2 = 3

For those swimmers who have been identified as showing early potential


Academy     

Junior: 5-6yrs 1 session,   Green: 6-8yrs  1 session, Yellow: 7-8yrs  1 session,  Blue: 7-9yrs  2 sessions, Red: 8-10yrs 3 sessions

The Academy section of BPSC forms the starting point of the young swimmers experience in the sport and is aimed at being enjoyable and fun whilst being challenging and rewarding and preparing young swimmers for their move into the competitive squad pathway of the club.


Squad Structure

Information on the club squad structure and individual squad criteria is listed in the tabs below.  

For further details see: BPSC Squad Pathway and QT’s  BPSC Squad Criteria  BPSC Squad Timetables.

If you are interested in joining our club, please contact us on 07401 172657  (or via email) to arrange an assessment.

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Academy Structure  
Ages up to 10


Red Squad

Yellow Squad

Green Squad

Gold 1 Squad

Ages 14+
Competitive
Min. attendance = 7 sessions
Club QT’s

Gold 2 Squad

Ages 12-15
Competitive
Min. attendance = 6 sessions
Club set QT’s

Gold 3 Squad

Ages 9-13
Competitive
Min. attendance = 5 sessions
County QT’s

Silver 2 Squad

Ages 10-13
Competitive
Min attendance = 4 sessions

Silver 1 Squad

Ages 14+
Competitive
Min. attendance = 5 sessions

Bronze 2 Squad

Ages 11-13


Development Squad

Ages 8-11

Min. attendance - 3/4 sessions

Masters Squad

Ages 16+
Competitive or non-competitive
No Minimum attendance

Bronze 1 Squad

Ages 14+


Gold 1 Squad

Age level:  Swimmers in this squad are normally aged 14yrs+

Competition Performance: The qualifying times for the Gold 1 squad are set by the club to ensure that the clubs premier squad is improving year on year and to ensure that the most committed and highest performing swimmers have sufficient training and space to ensure quality training. Swimmers must achieve at least one qualifying time. Swimmers must be ASA registered category 2 swimmers, must commit themselves to enter Open Meets and be available for selection to represent the club at League competitions.

Training Commitment: Swimmers must attend a minimum of 7 pool sessions per week or an amount agreed in advance by the Head Coach until the full commitment can be met and attend a minimum of 2 land work sessions per week as directed by the Head coach.

Training Week: 10 sessions available per week – 18 hours (+3 x 45mins land training)

LEAD COACH: Doug Campbell

Masters & Junior Squads

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are a minimum of 16yrs of age with no upper age limit.

Competition Performance: The Masters & Junior Masters Squad is a combination of competitive and non-competitive swimmers. There is no pressure to enter galas.

Training Commitment: There are no minimum attendance criteria for this squad, although swimmers would normally be expected to attend the same sessions on a regular weekly basis. If work or college/university commitments give problems, these should be discussed with the coach in advance.

Training Week:- 3 sessions available – 4 hours

LEAD COACH: Sue Humphries

Bronze Squads     LEAD COACH: Sue Humphries  (assisted by Karen Epsley & Adam Puddick)

Age level: Swimmers in Bronze 1 Squad are normally aged between 14– 17 years and Bronze 2 Squad between 11 -13 years .

Competition Performance: The Bronze Squads are comprised of competitive swimmers who cannot commit to the attendance criteria for the gold or silver squads and also for those swimmers who may not wish to compete on a regular basis.

Training Commitment: Swimmers will attend a minimum of 1 pool sessions per week.  

Training Week: -  3  sessions available – 3.5  hours (for each squad)

LEAD COACH: Sue Humphries

Gold 3 Squad

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are normally aged between 9 – 13 years.

Competition Performance: The qualifying times for the Gold 3 Squad are set as the Qualifying Times for Essex County Age Group Championships. Swimmers must achieve at least one qualifying time in their age band. Times in 50m events and the 100IM will not be considered. Swimmers must be ASA registered category 2 swimmers, must commit themselves to enter Open Meets and be available for selection to represent the club at League competitions.

Training Commitment: Swimmers will attend a minimum of 5 pool sessions per week or an amount agreed in advance by the Head Coach and Gold 3 Squad coach until the full commitment can be met.

Training Week: - 7 sessions available – 10½ hours (+2 x 45mins land training)

LEAD COACH: Karen Epsley

Gold 2 Squad

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are normally aged between 12 – 15 years.

Competition Performance: The qualifying times for the Gold 2 squad are set by the club to ensure that the members of the squad are improving year on year and to ensure that committed and performing swimmers have sufficient training and space to ensure quality training. Swimmers must achieve at least one qualifying time. Swimmers must be ASA registered category 2 swimmers, must commit themselves to enter Open Meets and be available for selection to represent the club at League competitions.

Training Commitment: Swimmers must attend a minimum of 6 pool sessions per week or an amount agreed in advance by the Head Coach and Gold 2 Squad Coach until the full commitment can be met as well as attending a minimum of 2 land work sessions per week.

Training Week: - 9 sessions available per week – 14½ hours (+3 x 45mins land training)


COACH:
Nikki Surgeon

Academy Squads

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are normally up to age 5-9 yrs.

The Academy section of BPSC forms the starting point of the young swimmers experience in the sport and is aimed at being enjoyable and fun whilst being challenging and rewarding and preparing young swimmers for their move into the competitive squad pathway of the club.

Competition Performance:  The Academy swimmers will gain racing experience in the club Splash Nights which will give an indication to the selection of inter-club competitions such as Junior Speedo League and the Essex Mini League as well as well as putting into practice the skills worked on in their sessions with the club.

Training Commitment: Swimmers in Green and Yellow Academy squads will attend one session per week, either Monday or Friday. Blue Academy squad will train on Monday and Friday, whilst swimmers in Red squad will train 3 times per week (including some land training exercises). Swimmers in the Junior Academy swim for 30 minutes on Sunday and is an introduction to competitive swimming skills. Entry and exit to the squad is at the discretion of the coaching staff

Training Week:- Junior Academy Squad has 1 session of 30 minutes on Sunday, Green & Yellow squads 1 session available (1 hour), Blue squad 2 sessions (2 hours). Red squad 3 sessions (3 hours including education session & land training).

LEAD COACHES: Karen Epsly & Sue Humphries

Silver 1 Squad

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are normally aged 14+ yrs.  

Competition Performance: The qualifying times for the Silver 1 Squad are set as the Qualifying Times for Essex County Age Group Championships. Swimmers must achieve at least one qualifying time in their age band. 50m events and the 100IM are not included in this. Swimmers must be ASA registered category 2, must commit themselves to enter Open Meets and be available for selection to represent the club at League competitions.

Training Commitment: Swimmers must attend a minimum of 5 pool sessions per week including 1 morning session or an amount agreed in advance by the Head Coach and Silver 1 Squad Coach until the full commitment can be met as well as a minimum of 2 land work sessions.

Training Week:- 8 sessions available –11½ hours (+3 x 45mins land training)

LEAD COACH: Paul Eveleigh

Silver 2 Squad

Age level: Swimmers in this squad are normally aged 10-13 years old.

Competition Performance: The qualifying times for the Silver 2 Squad are set as the Qualifying Times for Essex County Age Group Championships. Swimmers must achieve at least one qualifying time in their age band. 50m events and the 100IM times are not included. Swimmers must be ASA registered category 2, must commit themselves to enter Open Meets and be available for selection to represent the club at League competitions.

Training Commitment: Swimmers will attend a minimum of 4 pool sessions per week including 1 morning session and also a minimum of 1 land work session per week.
Training Week: - 5 sessions available – 6½ hours

LEAD COACH: Paul Eveleigh

Development Squad 1 & 2

Age level: Swimmers in these squads are normally aged between 8 – 11 years.


 Competition Performance: Swimmers will be selected for Development who have been identified by the coaching staff that are showing early potential. Whilst there are no competition performance qualification times in place for this squad please take time to have a look at the standard required to advance to the next level – the Gold 3 Squad which is the aspiration and aim of all swimmers in the Development squads. Swimmers in this squad will be expected to compete in open and league galas from about age 9 when selected and advised.  Development 1 swimmers must be registered as ASA category 2 swimmers

Training Commitment:
Swimmers must also attend a minimum of 1 land work session per week.
Dev1: Swimmers will attend a minimum of 4 pool sessions per week with 1 session being a morning training session.
Dev2:  Swimmers will attend a minimum of 3 pool sessions per week with 1 session being a morning training session.

Training Week: -
Dev1:  6 sessions available – 7½ hours (+ 2 x 45mins land training)
Dev2: 3 sessions available – 4½ hours (+ 2 x 45mins land training)

Junior Academy Squad