KENT WEALD SWIM SQUAD (KWSS)
STOP PRESS – Kent Weald Swim Squad win promotion to Division 1 East of the National Arena League South December 2017. GO TO THE RESULTS PAGE TO SEE THE DETAILS. Congratulations to the swimmers and coaches.
Kent Weald S.S. was set up in Spring 2017 as an “umbrella” club with the following Associated Clubs:
- Beachfield Swimming Squad – beachfieldswim.net who are based in Sheerness and train in the Sheerness / Medway areas.
- Tonbridge Swimming Club – tonbridgeswimmingclub.co.uk who are based in Tonbridge and train in the Tonbridge and surrounding areas.
Tonbridge Swimming Club and Beachfield Swim Squad continue to flourish in their own names and unchanged from before but with the added benefits and opportunities offered by being formally associated with Kent Weald S.S.
In December 2017 the KWSS remit was extended to allow Kent-based Masters to join KWSS, regardless of their Ranking Club, primarily to allow them to enter high level Masters events such as: World / European / National / Regional Championships as a team and especially to facilitate relay team entries.
What Kent Weald S.S. offers / Why It Exists
It was identified that smaller, ambitious clubs sometimes lacked the numbers and commercial resources to achieve more success or offer the opportunities they thought their swimmers deserved.
Benefits include using the joint resources of clubs in a better / more coordinated / joined up / commercially efficient way to plan more:
- Swim clinics
- Pool time
- Long Course training
Kent Weald S.S. will enter selected top tier swim events, sourcing swimmers from the Associated Clubs, and thus being able to compete at a higher level and with more success.
It is important however to understand that Kent Weald S.S. exists ultimately for the benefit of all swimmers and not just elite swimmers from each club.
The intention is to offer more opportunities than currently exist to all levels of swimmers and not compromise on the existing.
Obligations of clubs being Associated with Kent Weald S.S.
There are Bylaws that each Associated Club is asked to approve within their own constitution to energetically and actively promote:
- more mutual opportunities to all members of Associated Clubs such as:
- allowing cross training between clubs where space allows
- offering places on clinics / LC training / camps etc… as possible
- sharing of costs and effort
- avoiding conflict
Events that Kent Weald S.S. participate in:
As from 2017 it is just: National Arena Swimming League (NASL) South.
In 2017 KWSS were promoted at their first attempt to Division 1 of the National Arena League South.
The list of top tier events that Kent Weald S.S. will enter will be subject to ongoing development and review.
All members of Associated Clubs are entitled to membership of Kent Weald S.S. on the basis that they retain their current membership of their first choice club and thus their Swim England registration.