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Jul 9th

Squad Restructuring September 2021

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By any measure it has been a difficult year for everyone. We are thankful that we are back in full training and participating in a number of competitions including our own Racing X Club Championships, Level 4 Mini Olympics at the Guildford Spectrum, Level 3 Long Course Meet at Surrey Sports Park, the Surrey County Championship finals, and the Swim England Festival of Swimming.  We are grateful for your continued support and commitment to Guildford City Swimming Club.

The various Covid lockdowns have given the Coaches an opportunity to conduct a thorough review and re-evaluation of the Club squad structure and as a result, we are planning to introduce a bold and ambitious reorganisation from September 2021. This is the ideal time for constructive and meaningful change. Our initiatives will improve the competitiveness of every swimmer, provide greater clarity about our programmes, and ultimately help to raise standards across all levels of the Club. We believe the refreshed set up will extend through the new Olympic Cycle when it will be reviewed in summer 2024.

In association with these plans, we are also pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Charterhouse School that will provide various pathways into the Club for their pupils and will give Guildford City exclusive use of an additional six lane short course swimming facility every weeknight from 630 to 830 pm where various squads will train on a rotational basis.

Highlights of Reorganisation

We want the squad names to have more relevance and significance as we move the Club forwards.

We are introducing distinct Pathways throughout the Club which will provide clarity for each swimmer’s journey and help them with their progression.

Guildford City Club Structure

Guildford City Age Band Structure
September 2021 – July 2022
Ages as at 31 December 2022
Male & Female

Encourage everyone to reach their full potential

 We will continue to strive to help every individual reach their full potential. We will also continue to provide the optimum training environment suitable to develop each swimmer depending on their age and aspirations.

Introduction of new Squads

We are forming two new squads:

  • Junior Performance Squad in the International & National Pathway
    • Swimmers aged 14 to 16 years old who are generally ranked in top 24 in British Rankings in an Olympic event will be invited to join.
  • Senior Competitive Development in the County Aspirational Pathway
    • The pathway for swimmers aged 14 years and older to graduate from Junior Competitive Development (formerly County C Squad)

Expansion and changes to Squad hours

  • Junior Surrey County Squad (formerly County B Squad) will increase their training hours from 8 to 10 per week
  • Pre-Competitive A (formerly Junior County A Squad) will enjoy all 2-hour sessions and increase their weekly schedule from 7 to 8 hours
  • Junior Competitive Development (formerly County C) will have 9 hours of training per week to select 4 minimum hours to attend

If you have any questions, please visit the Club website, or contact your Coach directly.


Richard Garfield

Director of Swimming