South Cheshire Aquatic Performance Squad

We have recently established, (with the help of Swim North West and Cheshire County Water Polo and Swimming Association), the South Cheshire Aquatic Performance Squad (SCAPS) This is a coach lead initiative with the aim of augmenting the training programmes for the top-end age group and youth swimmers by allowing them to train together under the guidance of a professional swimming coach as well as their club coaches.

The programme will provide a level of training that will meet the long-term athlete development (LTAD) criteria of “Training to Win”.

All sessions will be based on current British Protocol training procedures and will focus on the following skills: -

  • Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed
  • Speed, Power and Endurance
  • Core stability exercise (poolside)
  • Development of the four competitive strokes including the Individual Medley
  • Skill acquisition
  • Starts, Turns and Finishes
  • Testing
  • Stroke analysis (filming)

Please note: Since this is a swim base programme, no land training will be done other than what’s being done on poolside i.e. mobility and stretching exercises.

About the forum

South Cheshire Aquatic Performance Squad is designed to help committed swimmers to develop their existing skills as well as adopting new ones whilst training with others of equal commitment.

In addition to providing extra training for these swimmers, the programme is intended to provide the opportunity for coaches to develop their own skills, through poolside activities, swim clinics and forum seminars.

At present, the maximum number of swimmers in the programme is 24, and therefore, the participating club’s head coaches have to be very selective when recommending swimmers for SCAPS

 Selection will be based on swimmers commitment to training as well as their swimming ability. It is also important that swimmers and coaches understand the Swim21 Training to Win concept.

Membership Criteria

Entry into this programme will require swimmers to have reached a level of performance which would allow them to affectively participate in the programme however, other factors e.g. attendance within their own club programme, attitude to training and competition, the ability to train at a high level, and discipline will also be taken into consideration. Entry will be at the sole discretion of their own clubs Head Coach.  

The programme will be open to those clubs who have a Swim21 status, or who are working towards Swim21 accreditation, and who are within a ten miles radius of the training venue. Acceptance onto the programme will be based on swimmers and coaches adhering to the following criteria:

1. The programme will be open to following age groups: -

  • Girls     11 – 14 years
  • Boys     12 – 15 years
  • Youth   15 – 17years

2. Swimmers must:

  • Attend as many SCAPS sessions as possible whilst maintaining their club training levels.
  • Be on poolside 10 – 15minutes before the start of each session for pre-training mobility and stretching. Lateness will not be tolerated.
  • Complete the LFPT log book.
  • Attend all test sets.
  • Train to the best of their ability.
  • Conduct themselves in a proper and safe manner and respect others at all times.


Since this programme is about delivering excellence, attendance is very important. Missing sessions undermines the ethos of the programme so therefore any swimmer(s) failing to comply with the spirit of this programme will be asked to leave.


Swimmers we be expected to bring with them a full range of training aids, which should include the following items: -

  • Goggles + spare pair
  • Water bottle (2 litres)
  • Hand paddles
  • Finger paddles
  • Kick board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Drag shorts
  • White board for recording
  • Heart rate monitor (if owned) recommended

Training ethics

Swimmers must:

  • Always train to a high standard
  • Notify your coach before leaving poolside in order to use the bathroom. (There should be no toilet breaks during major sets.)
  • Respect others in their lane, lead by example and, when appropriate, share responsibility.
  • Encourage their fellow swimmers and not criticise.
  • Listen to the coach and, if unsure, ask.
  • Follow lane procedures as per training requirements.

Training Venue and time

Training sessions will be held at Sandbach Boys School on Thursday nights between 7.30 – 9.00pm.

The Forum Team