Academy Squads

Academy Squad Structure

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 Structure 2017

Academy Squad Coach – Toni Howard

Toni is Penguins Academy Squad Coach 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 her 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:

  1. Academy Squad
  2. Penguins – Academy 2
  3. Penguins – Academy 1

The following file details the basis for qualifying times to Junior Performance Squad:

Academy – Qualifying Times