Academy Tigers Swim Squad

The squad provides competitive skills training for swimmers born 2008 -2012. Squad training is held under the ‘umbrella’ of the Penguins Swimming Academy. The Tigers club will remain in private ownership, but will never be run for the purpose of returning an annual profit.

Key Objectives:

  1. To provide a professional transition from Learn to Swim through to County Championship level.
  2. To provide a sustainable, high level, Professional coaching input throughout a young swimmer’s skill acquisition/development period.

Training time:

  1. Skills 1 Squad – Sun 5-6.30pm
  2. Skills 2 Squad – Sun 5 -6.30pm & Mon 6.30-7.30pm
  3. Skills 3 Squad – Sun 5.30-7.30pm & Mon 6.30-7.30pm
  4. County Potential Squad – Sun 5.30-7.30pm, Mon 7.30-8.30pm & Thurs 6.30-8.30pm

New swimmers will usually start in Skills 1 and progress according to ability and age. The ‘Skills’ squads are based primarily on technique improvement. The County Potential squad has 3hrs of aerobic work in preparation for County Championships qualification.

New Members

All Tigers swimmers will be required to become members of Leicester Sharks Competitive Swimming Club and represent them at junior level (the process will be explained).

The Academy Tigers is no ordinary swim squad, the professionalism and standard of the coaching will ensure an environment where success is inevitable. However, we will require commitment from both swimmers and parents. All swimmers will be required to attend a minimum of 80% of their allocated sessions (most will be 100% or close to).


Fees are charged per block, though monthly equivalents are as follows:

Skills 1 squad (1 x 90mins per week) 31* per month

*With effect from January 2018 children will only be allowed to train in the Skills 1, 2 & 3 squads, if they continue with their 30min Penguins Swimming Academy lesson, up to and including the Emperor level. The monthly figures are shown for budgeting purposes only…payment will be taken in blocks (usually 12-13 weeks).


Academy Tigers Coaches

Director of Swimming:

Nigel Kube ex National Age Group swimmer, Owner and Head Coach of Swimtherapy (, owner of PSA… responsible for all structural development.

Lead Coach:

Jay Wilson

ex National level swimmer (Still competes for Leicester Sharks).

Sports Science degree and main coach. Jay will attend

3 Sunday sessions per month and oversee all swimming development.

The following coaches will run the weekly sessions;

Ray Driver Level 3 and ideal link with the PSA

Jess Payne – Trainee Coach and level 1 Teacher. Jess has just stepped down as

a highly skilled competitive swimmer and will use her talent for demonstrations on

drills etc.

Natasha Collins – Level 1 Teacher and competitive swimmer. Natasha is a highly respected member of the Penguins Swimming Academy coaching staff.

Joe Lynch Level 2 Teacher and Level 1 coach. Ex National Age Group Finalist. Joe will coach during his breaks from University

Feeder Club:

All ‘Tigers’ members become joint members with Leicester Sharks Competitive Swimming Club (small additional annual fee). Swimmers that will be 10yrs of age by the 31st Dec will be transferred into the LSCSC training programme during the September of the same year.

Training Kit Requirement

If a swimmer is selected for the Academy Tigers Swim Squad, they will be required to purchase their own training equipment –

Slazenger Junior Kick Board approx 6

Win Junior Solid Pullbuoy 3

Silicone or Rubber SHORT training fins 10-15

Mesh bag 4-15

500-750ml Drinks Bottle 4

Alternatives to the above will be fine….though no long or, ‘hard’ fins. Thank you.


We will be contacting all trialists (by email) within 10 days of their trial to confirm if, they have been successful. If any swimmer does not get through this time, they can apply for further trials in the future.


Joining Academy Tigers Swim Squad

Please telephone the office or fill out our contact form to book your child for a trial to join Academy Tigers.

We will be contacting all trialists (by email) within 10 days of their trial to confirm whether or not, they have been successful. If any swimmer does not get through this time, they can apply for further trials in the future.

0116 2325821 or 0116 232 0999