The Shrewsbury Storm Swimming Excellence programme squad structure is based on the Long Term Athlete Development programme (LTAD); using the latest sports science research the LTAD has identified the need for achieving the correct training, competition and recovery throughout a young athlete’s career, particularly in relation to the important growth and development years of young people. Whilst all athletes go through the same developmental stages from childhood to adulthood, they occur at different times and last for differing periods of time. The LTAD model also recognises that girls tend to develop earlier than boys.
“Scientific research has indicated that it takes at least 10 years or 10,000 hours for talented athletes to achieve sporting excellence. There are no short cuts.”
The Storm Swimming Excellence programme squads are based upon the ability to meet set qualification times and skills, irrespective of class year. Swimmers must meet both the time and skill criteria to progress through the programme. The stroke times criteria have been set based upon the ASA school speed and competitive swimming performance awards.