England Talent Program

Whilst most of our swimmers were sprinting hard at the Teaspoon meet, two of our phase 5 swimmers, Robbie Casson and Charlotte Howard, were heading off to Sunderland for a training day with the England Level 1 Talent Program. 

The level 1 program is for boys aged 13-14 and girls aged 12-13 and selections are based on English rankings throughout the last cycle of competition including the national championships.

The training was led by England Talent manager Fred Furniss and the focus throughout the day was on improving streamlining both in the pool (underwaters and throughout rotation in the strokes) and on how to improve posture and streamlining through focussed land training.  The day also included lectures on identifying weaknesses and improving areas in the four key attributes that make a national level swimmer – physical, technical, tactical and mental.  Both swimmers will now go on to a second weekend with the talent program at Loughborough in Early December.

The younger swimmers (aged 11-12) have also had an opportunity to attend a regional talent day (identified from results at the NERs in JUNE) which was held at Leeds last Sunday.  Ben Wright was selected as an 11 year based on his performances in the 11-12 year old boys category and went through a very similar day of training to the England Level 1 Talent day.  This day was also led by Fred Furniss and coach Alison was selected to attend as one of the lane coaches.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable day which gives a taster of what lies ahead for this young age group.  Again, the key message was around improving the physical aspects of technique to achieve streamlining and stroke efficiency throughout the whole of the swim, and on improving underwater speed and efficiency.