Development Squad

For those swimmers unable to attend the minimum prerequisite sessions for their squad, from September 2023 we will be running a Development Squad. Sessions will take place at St George’s School, Ascot on:

To join, swimmers must be able to competently perform the following:

  • Swim 50m Backstroke, Breaststroke and Front Crawl
  • Perform a streamline push and glide
Timetable during School Term
St George’s School, Ascot

Wednesday18:30 - 19:30

Saturday08:30 - 09:30

Squad Requirements


Swimmer to have correct kit

Ascot Royals Swim Cap

(purchased via the Frogs & Friends App)

Pull Buoy
Short Fins
Water Bottle


Swimmer to attend training with good focus and effort

attend 1 session per week

2 sessions per week available

Good Focus and Effort
How many sessions a week will my child be asked to swim?

The fees for Development Squad allow for two 45 minute session per week. However, it is expected that any swimmer enrolled into the Academy Bronze is also attending regular swimming lessons outside of the Academy. This could be either at school or by attending a learn to swim programme.

What is the age of swimmers at this level?

Typically, swimmers are aged between 7 and 10 years old.

What does my child have to do to move to Academy Silver?

Moving to the Academy Silver level is ultimately up to the coach’s discretion. However, a swimmer must:

Regularly attend sessions

Demonstrate an eagerness to learn by listening to the coach’s instructions

Perform strokes efficiently

Regularly attempt basic competitive turns

Follow basic instructions from a drill board