Pembrokeshire County Swimming (PCS) is a partnership between Pembrokeshire Council and the county’s six competitive swimming clubs – ourselves; Haverfordwest Seals; Pembroke & District; Tenby Dolphins; Milford Tigers; and Preseli Panthers. It provides talented young swimmers with a recognised coaching pathway through to national and international level competitions.
There are four squads in the county swimming set up – Academy } Junior National } National } National Performance. The county squad is run by Craig Nelson, PCS head coach, and Nick Russell, assistant coach.
Each squad provides a tailored training programme, aimed at helping aspiring young swimmers to achieve their full potential.
For most swimmers, their first experience of the county squad will be as part of the Academy. This squad is aimed at younger swimmers, aged 12 and under, who are taking their first step onto the county swimming ladder. Swimmers train every Saturday morning, 6.40 to 9.20, at Haverfordwest L.C. They are given a mix of land training in the gym, key information on nutrition and goal-setting, plus swim coaching on specific skills, such as starts and turns. This squad will have a maximum size of 32 swimmers. See link to the selection policy at the bottom of this page.
The Junior National Squad selects a maximum of 14 swimmers aged 13 and under. This squad trains at Haverfordwest L.C. every Wednesday 05.40am – 07.40am, Wednesday 16.45pm – 19.30pm, and every Saturday 06.40am – 10.00am. In addition to this training, members of the Junior National Squad are expected to continue with their regular programme at their parent club.
These promising younger swimmers are being prepared for elevation to the county’s performance squads.
Selection for this squad is at the coaches’ discretion.
County coaches select a maximum of 12 swimmers, aged 11 to 15, for the National Squad. Swimmers are selected at the coaches’ discretion. This is the first squad to have all training based at Haverfordwest L.C.
See the selection policy at the bottom of this page for further details.
National Performance Squad
The National Performance Squad is the top of the county swimming ladder. Swimmers in this squad are prepared to compete at national and international level.
A maximum of 10 swimmers, aged 14+, are selected for this squad. National Performance Squad training is based at Haverfordwest L.C. Selection is at the coaches’ discretion.
The link below explains the PCS squad selection policy in more detail.