Full time youth and senior swimmers for whom swimming is their highest priority outside of any education commitments. They will be individual or relay qualifiers at major international championships (Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games, World and European University Games, Pan-Pacific and/or Asian Games) or qualifier at equivalent junior events 2015-2018. Individual medallist in open category at British or national championships.
Athletes swim six days a week with up to 10 pool based sessions combined with gym based land training.
Full time athletes aged 16+ whose highest priority outside of education is swimming. Must fulfil one of the following criteria in the previous season -qualifier at the last British Championships; medallist at British National Summer Championships and or medallist/finalist at British National Open Water Championships; Finalist or medallist at a major swimming nation National Championships or foreign swimmers whose times are in the top 10 on the British Open Rankings. Other athletes at the discretion of the head coach.
Pool based training six days a week (up to 10 sessions) with gym based land-training at both the Life Centre and Plymouth College.
Swimmers are normally within the age range of 13-16 years old, and all will have swum at either the British or English National Championships (or the equivalent championships of the swimmer's home nation).
The National Squad swim 9 times a week with two sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and one session on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Swimmers are also involved in three gym sessions. This squad has Sunday off to recover from the training week, unless there are scheduled competitions.
Full time athletes only with swimming as their highest priority outside education. They must fulfil one of the following criteria: qualifiers for the English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish Summer National Age Groups in the previous season (15 years and above); qualifiers of a major swimming nation for the national summer championships or an athlete who has achieved a top 10 position at the ASA South West Youth Championships or the previous SW SC Championships (or equivalent if relocating from outside the south west).
Training involves 9 pool based training sessions spread over 6 days with gym training three times a week.
Full time athletes only who have qualified for the ASA SW Age Group/Youth or SC Championships
Up to 10 sessions in the pool each week over 6 days (rest day Sunday). Two gym sessions.
Full time athletes only - who will aim to achieve one or more Devon County qualifying times.
Up to 8 pool sessions a week over six days (rest day Saturday).
Athletes are usually 14 years and under and will train to qualify and compete at the British and/or English Summer National Championships. They must meet a combination of qualifying times for the SW Age Group Championships and/or be selected to compete in a Home Nations National Championships. They will also be able to complete a series of training test sets.
9 pool based training sessions over 6 days with three gym sessions.
Athletes are usually aged 11- 14 years and will have qualified to compete in the ASA South West Age Group Championships in a combination of events. They will also be able to complete a required training test set.
Up to 9 pool training sessions a week over 6 days with three gym sessions.
Athletes are usually aged 14 and under and aiming to qualify for the ASA South West Age Group Championships. Athletes will have competed at the previous season's Devon County ASA Age Group Championships in a given combination of events. They should also be able to complete a training test set.
7 pool training sessions per week over six days (rest day Friday). Two gym sessions.
Athletes are usually aged between 9 and 13 and preparing to move to County Development or Regional Age Group 2 squads. They will have competed in a range of events during the season and will be able to complete training test sets.
Training - 6 pool based sessions per week split between Plymouth College pool, Plympton pool and the Life Centre (rest day Monday) plus one gym session at Plymouth College.
Athletes are usually aged between 8 and 11 and preparing to move to Junior 1 squad.
Training is at Plymouth College pool 5 times a week (rest days Monday and Thursday).
Athletes aged between 7 and 10 and preparing to move to Junior 2 squad. They will continue to develop the 4 stroke technique as well as starts, turns, underwater phases and finishes.
Training is at Plymouth College pool 4 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).
Athletes are usually aged between 6 and 9 years old and preparing to move to Junior 3. The emphasis is on developing the four stroke technique as well as starts, turns, underwater phases and finishes.
Training is at Plymouth College pool 3 times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
The Ben Proud and Ruta Meilutyte squads are aimed at younger swimmers in an attempt to bridge the gap between the learn to swim programmes and club swimming. Children will be aged between 6 and 8 years old and in Stage 7 or above of their learn to swim programme.
The aim is to give younger swimmers more experience in the pool, with lots of emphasis on technique and developing skills in all four strokes, tumble turns and racing dives while at the same time having lots of fun.
Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is described as improving the physical qualities of athletes to aid sports performance and prepare for competition. This is done through increasing strength, power and speed. A key aim for S&C is to decrease the likelihood of injury by creating a robust athlete. This means that the athlete can spend more tie in the pool and improving their swimming.
S&C is periodised throughout the training year meaning that we work on different parameters of performance each cycle. This generally works in the order of strength – power – speed/specific, the closer we get to a major competition.
At Plymouth Leander, S&C sessions start with our Junior 1 squad and go all the way to High Performance. Sessions are structured to develop the athlete’s abilities according to maturation, movement competency and physiological balance. For our younger squads the key focus is on FUNdamental movement skills and building foundational strength. As we progress through the performance paradigm, we can increase the specificity of training and use more advanced techniques of strength and power training such as Olympic lifting.
The S&C facilities are based at Plymouth College and host an array of modern gym equipment. The gym has 3 squat racks and 3 platforms on one side and various machines and free weights on the other. A key design point of the gym is the large floor space to carry out locomotive exercises and bodyweight control movements.