New Squads and Fees Explained

Vicki Catchpole
Most of you, by now, would have received an email from Jonny our chair about the new structure and changes which sees us increase our level of collaboration with Hackney Aquatics under the direction of David Broadbent, our Director of Swimming.
It is an exciting time for us - to compete at a national level and against larger clubs, Anaconda and Hackney are collaborating and pooling our resources together. We know this has been a somewhat turbulent time which we hope will settle as we embed the new schedule in the coming weeks. 
New Structure Rationale:
The new structure builds on the success of the combined National Performance squad, in effect from January of this year, and sees us move to four combined squads across Performance Plus, Performance, Regional Age and Regional Development. We expect this to raise swimming standards and give swimmers more opportunity to increase their experience through meeting new swimmers and having access to additional pool facilities.
The County, Academy and Fitness Squads remain solely within Anaconda and continue with a similar programme as per prior to the restructure. 
The document in the email lays out the rationale for the changes, the commitment criteria and swimming level for each squad, and the potential development pathways. It also details the fees for each squad which have taken effect from 1 October.


Anaconda is non-for profit - the fees cover our pool costs, wages and insurance costs. Any surplus is used to rebuild the club's financial resilience post the covid pandemic and in time will be used to build up our bursary fund. The fee adjustments for the four combined squads represent the commensurate level of swim provision, the increased level of gym access that we now have in the programme, as well as cost increases we have borne as a club over the last year. Our typical financial year sees us adjust our fees in January each year however we have brought this forward for the combined squads given this restructure. Anaconda only squads will be adjusted in January in accordance with the normal timetable. The document includes comparison to equivalent squads in our previous structure which we have looked at closely in developing the new fee structure. 
Further Questions?

Please direct them to Jonny,David or Joe.