Academy Squads

Academy Squad StructureAcademy Hat 2

The Academy section of Harlow Penguins forms the starting point of the young swimmers experience in the sport and is aimed at being enjoyable and fun whilst being challenging and rewarding and preparing young swimmers for their move into the Performance Squad pathway of the club.

Detailed below is the current Academy Squad Structure.

Academy Squad Pathway

Head of Academy & Swim School

Sarah Stringer is Head of Academy & Swim School and is responsible for the day to day management of all Academy Groups. If you have any queries or would like to arrange a trial for our Academy Squad groups, please contact by e-mail at:

Academy Squad Qualifying Criteria

Each of our Academy Squads has Qualifying Criteria which takes account of a swimmers;

  • Competitive Performance – we hold regular Time Trials to assess.
  • Training ability –  swimmers listen and consistently achieve what is asked for.
  • Commitment to Training – attendance, generally we expect 75% attendance in a 3 month period.

These elements will be taken into account as part of a “Coaching Assessment” which may be discussed and agreed with both swimmers and parents.

Academy Squad Information

Detailed below are documents that clearly detail the Qualifying Criteria outlined above for each of the squads in the Academy Squad Structure:

Academy Squad Session Times

The attached documents detail the sessions that are available to our Academy Squad:

Academy Squad Qualifying Times

The attached documents detail the qualifying times that are required for progression from Academy B to Academy A:

Currently being updated to reflect 2019 Qualifying Times