From Year 3, children are invited to become members of the swimming squad.
Being part of the squad gives the opportunity for children to improve their swimming ability through ‘club style’ training and take part in galas against other schools. As a member of swim squad the swimmers progress is continually monitored and each year they have the opportunity to take part in the Inter-Squad Gala which enables them to achieve personal best swim times in all strokes. These are then used as a guide to how the individual swimmer is progressing.
In Years 3, 4 & 5 they are allocated 30 minutes per week of training time and Years 6, 7 & 8 are allocated 45minutes per week. To maximise these sessions children are asked to commit to the training and it is recommended that they take part in extra swimming outside the school timetable to build on the practices learnt. In the Junior School, children can attend the ‘Crosfields Swimming School’ and the middle and senior children are welcome to enrol in the ‘Swim Aquademy’ which takes place on a Monday after school.
In Years 3, & 4 the children train within their year groups and in Year 5 they are differentiated into an ‘A’ & ‘B’ squad. To maximise the effectiveness of the senior school training, Years 6, 7 and 8 train in squads appropriate to their ability. The children are split between three squads all focusing on specific needs of the swimmers.
The Technique Squad (TEC)
This squad concentrates on shorter distances swam with good technique, shallow water dives and turns.
The Power Squad (POW)
This squad concentrates on sustainable stroke technique over a greater distance to enhance aerobic efficiency for more powerful strokes.
The Blue Hat Squad (BLUE)
This squad focuses on more complex stroke drills and breathing patterns and works at a faster pace than the other two squads. This is the ‘top squad’ of the school for which all the team members should aspire. They are presented with a blue and black swim squad hat in recognition of their achievement.
Competition always parallels participation. It is key that as many children have an opportunity to take part in galas as possible. Fixtures across all ages and abilities are available and the focus in on enjoyment.