Competitive Squads

Mid Sussex Marlins teaching group swimmers are selected to progress into the competitive squads by the lead coaches and head teacher based on progression through their lessons, club development gala performance and each swimmers age and proximity to Sussex county qualifying times.

We have a progressive squad structure and each has an expected level of commitment and qualifying standard:

County Development Squad
Preparation for competitive swimming, competing in individual meets and aiming to reach Sussex county standard. Minimum commitment 2 sessions per week. Approximate age range 9 – 11

County Squad
Aiming for Sussex County standard in multiple events. Minimum commitment 3 sessions per week. Approximate age range 10 – 12

Regional Squad
Aiming for South East Region standard and multiple county QT’s. Minimum commitment 4 sessions per week. Approximate age range 11 – 15

National Squad
Age Group and Youth. Aiming for South East Region standard in multiple events and British / ASA summer national invitation (top 44 in rankings). Minimum commitment 5 sessions per week to include a morning session. Approximate age range 13 – 17+

Youth Group
Aiming to train to a high level but with a slightly more relaxed criteria, aiming for county standard and above. Minimum commitment, 2 sessions per week. Approximate age range 14 – 18 (youth group swimmers are encouraged to compete, progress and take part in club champs and team gala’s as selected)

All ages listed above approximate guides and are age at end of year.

Swimmers in the competitive squads are expected to follow their squads training and competition programme and requirements (see Squad Criteria here).  We expect all competitive squad swimmers to make themselves available for the club championships, Sussex league and the National Swimming League on top of their open meet schedule’s which vary squad to squad.


Applications to join our competitive squads should be supported by details of latest times and past competitive experience.  Please contact us via the Join Us form or by emailing

Our squad coaching team is lead by Stephen Murphy, National Squad Coach and Nic Piper, Age Group Coach with a support team of Louise Gale &  Lee Hammond.