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Natare West London Pathway

At Natare West London the coaching team is committed to providing, at all pathway stages, a training environment which lends itself to longevity in the sport; whether that be through personal wellbeing, sustainable participation or performance. We are accountable to the NWL athletes, their supporters and ourselves to ensure that long term potential is not sacrificed for short term results.

The NWL Pathway

The NWL Pathway starts with the MJSA learn to swim framework, which will teach the basic aquatic skills required to be safe in water, in conjunction with the national ‘Learn to Swim’ framework. Individuals wishing to pursue their swim development further from a competitive perspective will then enter the Natare West London long term athlete development pathway.

The NWL Pathway is focussed on developing sustainable participation and performance, using a holistic, individualised approach to training. The pathway offers structured and coach-led practice.

Our goal is to create a positive and rewarding environment, ensuring each individual is given the opportunity to explore their potential.

1. Long Term Athlete Development

At NWL the coaching team is committed to providing, at all pathway stages, a training environment which lends itself to longevity in the sport; whether that be through personal well-being, sustainable participation or performance. We are accountable to the NWL athletes, their supporters and ourselves to ensure that long term potential is not sacrificed for short-term results.

We are determined that the journey of our members in swimming is a positive one which helps shape them for life and realise both their personal and athletic potential. With this in mind we have authored a LTAD framework which we believe utilises all of the holistic tools available to achieve our goal of creating happy and successful individuals.

2. Long Term Athlete Development Physiology

The longevity in our development plan is focussed on building a solid base in the form of aerobic capacity. Age and stage appropriate training to develop VO2 max is key and we utilise monitoring and testing tools to achieve this on an individualised basis. In synchronicity, we create an efficient balance in the athlete’s physiology by training our anaerobic capacity as part of an intelligent annual plan.

Underpinning this individualised approach we ensure that workload is also well-managed to achieve a productive training-stress balance and that external factors are considered with each athlete. The aim being to make the season sustainable, enjoyable and productive.

3. Long Term Athlete Development Skills

At NWL we are focussed on developing athletes who are highly coachable and recognised for outstanding skills. This pillar of our philosophy is progressed seamlessly across our pathway. We place a focus on using the appropriate coaching methodology which considers both the ability of the athlete and their learning style to achieve the best possible level of engagement while establishing challenging, but achievable goals.

Within the training environment we utilise a number of innovate coaching methods and technologies to support this process. When racing we strive for our athletes to enjoy the opportunity and support athlete-led reflective practice to maximise learning and drive our continual improvement.

4. Long Term Athlete Development Physical

At NWL we work hard to ensure that long term physical literacy and development is a priority. The physical qualities required for swimming include coordination, mobility, stability, strength and power. These drive the prescription of physical training at all stages of the pathway with training progression matched to each athlete’s growth and maturation profile.

Within our senior and performance squads our S&C work is aligned with individual needs, these are established through blending observation with data. The first aim of NWL’s physical programme is to create athletes who possess the physical qualities required to maximise their training opportunities. The second being to equip the athlete with the knowledge and skill-set to take ownership their of athletic journey.

“I’m far more disciplined, I can plan for next week now by being organised.”

Want to be a part of what we do?

If you resonate with the values outlined here and are passionate about maximizing the growth in both your personal and athletic journeys then please contact us on [email protected]