Selection Criteria

The Royal School swimming programme is not just for Royal School students. Swimmers from clubs are eligible to join throughout the season providing the criteria is met. Swimmers currently not in the swimming programme can top up their training by attending one or more sessions with RWSSC for an agreed period of time. Get in touch with Head Coach, Marc Spackman to discuss options ms@theroyal.school

These criteria for selection form a guideline for inclusion on the various squads. All decisions regarding squad places are at the discretion of the Head Coach in consultation with the RWS coaching staff.

The following elements are taken into account when the coaching team decide squad places: Work ethic, Character, Coachability, Competitiveness, Potential, Leadership, Skill, Attendance, Attitude to training and long term potential.

All swimmers interested in the RWSSC swimming programme are invited to attend a trial prior to being accepted (trials are confidential) Swimmers from outside the Royal School can access the squads.

Elite Squad

(Girls 12 years+/Boys 13 years+)

British Summer Championship Qualification (swimmers who qualify for the Home Nations Championships and/or National Short Course Championships will also be considered)

Fast Track route for talented Youth/Age Group swimmers based on rankings and stage of development in line with LTAD- Following a successful trial. Get in touch for details.

The Head Coach has the opportunity to select 'wild cards' despite a swimmer not meeting the stated criteria, if it is felt they have excellent long term potential- Following a successful trial. Get in touch for details.

Swimmers will be expected to attend a minimum of sessions and lead a performance lifestyle.

 

National Development Squad

(Girls 9-14 years/Boys 9-15 years)

Finalist in the Regional Championships in at least 3 events

Fast Track route for talented Age Group swimmers based on rankings and stage of development in line with LTAD- Following a successful trial. Get in touch for details.

The Head Coach has the opportunity to select 'wild cards' despite a swimmer not meeting the stated criteria, if it is felt they have excellent long term potential- Following a successful trial. Get in touch for details.

Swimmers will be expected to attend a minimum of sessions and lead a performance lifestyle.

 

Academy Squad

(6-11 years)

By invitation or successful squad trial- Get in touch for details.

Swimmers technique/skills will be taken into consideration.

Swimmers will be expected to attend a minimum of sessions and develop a performance lifestyle.