Swimmer development with England Programmes Swimming


The highest level of support you can receive as an English swimmer is with England Programmes Swimming.

The England Programmes Swimming team are charged with two main goals:

  1. Identifying the most talented young open water and pool swimmers in England
  2. Developing them into world and Olympic medallists.

If you like the idea of becoming a world and Olympic swimming medallist, travelling the world as an elite sportsperson and being a role model for thousands of young people in England, read on to find out how to get involved.

Four stages of swimmer development in England

England Programme Swimming involves four stages of swimmer development for athletes aged from 11 to 19.

The four stages are designed to help you reach your maximum potential as a swimmer and eventually step up onto British Swimming’s World Class Pathway, where you could become a funded athlete. That’s right – paid to get up at 4:30 in the morning five days a week!

The four stages are:

  1. Development Camps – generally for swimmers aged between 11 and 15, these camps involve a mixture of swimming coaching and education and take place in September or October.
  2. Stroke Camps – for swimmers aged between 12 and 16, these three-day camps take place in December and focus on stroke-specific skills as well as lifestyle education and fitness testing.
  3. International Competition – make an impression on the camps and you may be asked to race for England at an international competition in the spring or summer months.
  4. England Squad – the England squad is the final stepping stone towards the British Swimming World Class Programme for those who haven’t already been selected. The squad swim at an end-of-season competition and are aimed towards qualifying for a major international event.

The 2015 / 2016 England Programmes swimming teams competed in the pool at the Energy Standard Cup in Italy, and in open water at the Colonia Classic Race Series at BEST Fest in Mallorca.

View the latest details and swimmer selection policies for the England Programmes Swimming phases in the library below.

England Programmes Swimmer Development

If you have a question about England Programmes Swimming, please contact the team at swimmingtalent@swimming.org.

Coach Development

England Programmes Swimming also focuses on improving the level of coaching across the network of swimming clubs in England.

While coaches may be invited to observe or participate in the swimming phases, the England Programmes team run a series of conferences and training events throughout the year to support coaching development.

You can sign up to the latest English swimming coach development workshops or view clips from previous workshops on the ASA website.

  • Click here to head to the England Programmes page on the ASA website.