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National Squad Programme Overview

The Swim Wales National Squad Programme is an inclusive four tiered system for swimmers and Para swimmers designed to provide progressive and appropriate training and education in relation to the development of World Class stroke technique and race skills, swimming specific physical and physiological development, winning psychological behaviours and performance lifestyle factors. The four tiers of the pathway are:

  • National Skills Academy / National Para Performance Centre
  • National Youth Development
  • National Elite Development
  • National Senior Elite

National Skills Academy

The National Skills Academy aims to provide a Swim Wales led performance pathway programme for talented young Welsh swimmers and their coaches in relation to key race skills and stroke technique. This is very much a coach and swimmer education programme designed to develop both swimmers and coaches in the technical areas of competitive swimming.

National Para Performance Centre

The Swim Wales National Para Performance Centre is a performance pathway programme that aims to provide positive training opportunities related to the long term development of Welsh para-swimmers. The National Para Performance Centre supports the identification and development of swimmers who show potential to progress onto or through Swim Wales National squad pathway with a view to:

  • Populating the British Para-Swimming World Class Programme with more Welsh para-swimmers
  • Developing para-swimmers with potential to represent Wales and win medals at the Commonwealth Games

National Youth Development

The National Youth Development squad aims to provide positive training and competition opportunities related to the long term development of Welsh youth swimmers / para swimmers towards senior international success. The National Youth Development squad supports the identification and development of swimmers / para swimmers who show potential to progress through the Swim Wales National squad pathway.

National Elite Development

The National Elite Development squad aims to support swimmers / para swimmers whose performances indicate that they have realistic capabilities of progressing to the National Senior Elite squad within 1-3 years. The squad is positioned to provide athletes with the best possible opportunity to make the sometimes difficult transition from youth to senior level.

Swimmers/para-swimmers selected for this squad will be eligible (but not entitled) to receive high performance coaching support, access to international competition and training opportunities, and sports science and medicine support.

National Senior Elite

The National Senior Elite squad aims to provide a World class programme of training and competition opportunities that support swimmers / para swimmers possessing genuine potential to (1) Graduate (or re-graduate) onto the British Swimming / British Para Swimming WCP within a 2-3 year period (2) Represent GB at the Olympic Games, World or European Championships and/or (3) win a Commonwealth Games Medal.

Swimmers/para-swimmers selected for this squad will be eligible (but not entitled) to receive high performance coaching support, financial assistance for training and competition costs, access to international competition and training opportunities, and world class sports science and medicine support.