Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club seeks to promote swimming and water polo
amongst boys and girls in Sutton and the surrounding area, by offering
the best possible coaching in a friendly, enjoyable, affordable and high-achieving
- To offer opportunities for all members to develop their skills and
- To provide a pleasurable and successful learning environment which
promotes the development of each swimmer and water polo player to his/her
own desired potential, whether it is at a local, provincial or national
- To promote swimming and water polo as opportunities for group participation
- To promote competitive swimming and water polo as 'sports for all'
with no restrictions as to age, gender, ability or race for participation.
- To promote the enjoyment of swimming as a healthy sport and as a 'skill
- To provide opportunities to take part in competitions (both swimming
and water polo)
- To promote an atmosphere of responsibility and team commitment in
which team members have a healthy respect for themselves, their teammates,
coaches and the team as a whole.
- To develop a strong sense of sportsmanship which deals equally with
success and disappointment
- To develop a positive attitude and a strong work ethic which emphasises
the values of determination, discipline, hard work and perseverance
in achieving success
- To provide leadership and positive role models to younger swimmers.
- To provide a professional quality coaching programme for all ages
- To develop a base for conditioning and competence in all strokes
- To review and improve the program every year
- And finally, to develop mutual understanding amongst parents, coaches
and swimmers on the need for co-operation, self-motivation, respect
and team spirit in the pursuit of excellence.
A Message from the Head Coaches on their Philosophy of Coaching
Chief Coach (Swimming) Jim Walker
Sutton & Cheam Swimming Club has a proud tradition of excellence
in both swimming and water polo and I am equally proud to lead the swimming
I see Sutton & Cheam's swimming programmes as a partnership between
the club, the coaches, the swimmers and their parents. We are one team
striving towards the primary focus of encouraging each and every member
to achieve his/her peak individual potential as a competitive swimmer
or water polo player, whilst at the same time, developing a love of swimming
and water polo as a life-long source of fitness, health and friendship.
My main target is to become the best performing club locally with swimmers
achieving at County, Regional and National level. We are getting there
but we still have some way to go.
I firmly believe that success for the individual breeds success for the
club. My main coaching philosophy therefore is to concentrate on the individual
swimmer with a clear competitive focus designed to develop fitness, skill,
technical ability and stamina. The successful individual then becomes
the role model that raises the standards and expectations of the next
generation of swimmers.
We have a strong dedicated coaching team blending youth and experience,
and I believe success will be achieved by a coordinated approach to the
delivery of quality across all our training sessions.
I also believe that swimmers get out of swimming what they put into it
in terms of commitment to training, regular attendance, effort and cooperation;
and we will do our best to motivate and enable swimmers to progress to
the highest possible level to fulfil their ambitions.
The rewards for swimmers come first in the form of success in competitions.
However, there are many hidden benefits to becoming involved in swimming,
other than competence in the sport itself.
The lessons of commitment and hard work, disappointment and success are
lessons that positively contribute to an individual's physical and emotional
development in building self-confidence, fitness, time-management skills
and self-discipline that will carry over into life outside the swimming
We have a strong and active Committee, all of whom are current or past
parents of club swimmers; and a whole host of volunteers to whom we are
indebted. We could not continue as a club without them and I would like
to thank them here for their support.
Finally, we could not have achieved what we have over the years without
the unflagging support of the parents who spend their evenings and weekends
on poolsides or motorways. Again, your support is much appreciated and
I like to think that together we can create a pleasurable learning experience,
and a thriving, successful environment which will allow us to reach our
Jim Walker 2013
Chief Coach (Water Polo) Dave Andrews
Water polo is a FUN but complex sport mixing the best elements of rugby,
football and basketball and just adding water! It demands the development
of a huge range of individual and swimming skills, whilst retaining the
elements of teamwork, friendship, and sportsmanship.
Our mission as a club is to:
- provide a positive, fun and safe environment that will encourage players
to learn the sport of water polo
- focus on enjoyment, both in training and competition
- help players improve their skills to reach their full potential and
to play at any level of the game
- encourage lifelong participation in a fun sporting exercise
- make long-term friendships (some of our Masters team have played together
for 40+ years)
- develop personal qualities of determination, concentration, self discipline,
confidence, respect and sportsmanship.
- support sport wide initiatives to improve the sport of water polo
My coaching philosophy closely follows the ASA's Long
Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model, which emphasises the particular
importance of core skill acquisition, swimming; and just having fun in
the early years. Tactical and team play are age appropriate, becoming
more relevant as players progress and ball and swimming skills develop.
These are introduced progressively as players advance though the age groups
and their skill set expands.
I firmly believe that core skills learned well at an early age are the
foundation for water polo excellence. They will stay with you forever
and will bear fruit in the future. Similarly, swimming (for both speed
and stamina) is another essential core skill and we are lucky that we
remain one of the few fully integrated swimming and water polo clubs.
Many of our junior (and even senior) water polo players regularly compete
as part of the swimming team at galas and the swimmers are encouraged
to participate in water polo whilst maintaining swimming as their priority,
and I am very keen for this to continue.
The junior water polo programme practices and competes throughout the
year. We try hard to arrange for younger players to learn from the older
players both in training and in matches; as I feel this provides a backbone
of continuity throughout the club.
We Play Hard! Water Polo is a competitive sport and we play games to
win. However we emphasise that winning isn't everything and hope that
all players will come to understand that doing your best is more important
than winning or losing. Learning to be a gracious loser and respecting
referees and opponents is an extremely important part of the game. Win
or lose, I encourage players to play their best and that is what matters
most. Lessons can be learned more readily by losing a close game, than
winning too comfortably. Always winning probably means that you aren't
really being challenged!
Although team selection is always on merit, we are an inclusive club
and the only criteria for selection being you are a member of the club,
training hard and have the will and desire to win.
Our coaching team is entirely home grown and represents many years of
experience. It believes in the philosophy that playing sports should be
fun no matter what your age or ability.
We have a track record of success and since re-launching our junior program
in 2000 we have had considerable success with County, Regional and International
representation - culminating with our own Matt Holland participating in
the 2012 London Olympics for the Great Britain Men's team.
On a personal note, water polo gave a lot to me; and this is a good way
for me to give something back to the sport.
Dave Andrews 2013