Development Squads

Development Squad Structure

Development HatThe Development section of Harlow Penguins caters for swimmers aged 10 & Over and recognises the need to for swimmers to develop with similar aged swimmers at their own pace. In terms of competitive expectations these are in line with all other squads within in Competitive Pathway.

The expectations of this group are that whist being enjoyable and fun, sessions will be challenging and rewarding and prepare young swimmers for their move into the Performance Squad pathway of the club.

Detailed below is the current Development Squad Structure.

Development Squad Structure 2018

As part of the Development Squad competitive pathway, swimmers can transition into the Performance pathway by achieving Qualifying Criteria for the County Squads.

Development Squad Coach

Penguins Development Squad Coach is responsible for the day to day management of all Development Groups. If you have any queries or would like to arrange a trial for our Development Squad groups, please contact by e-mail at:

Development Squad Qualifying Criteria

Each of our Development 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.

Development Squad Information

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

Development Squad Session Times

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

Development Squad Qualifying Times

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