Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF)

The Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF) sets out to describe the characteristics that British Swimming believe swimmers will need to possess in order to be successful.

The framework defines characteristics of both ‘The Great British Swimmer’ as well as those that are showing ‘Future Performance Potential’.

These characteristics chosen have been determined following consultation with leading coaches, support staff and athletes, and further developed by British Swimming in conjunction with Swim England, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales, supported by the Home Nation Sporting Institutes.

The 6 ‘A-C-C-E-S-S’ pillars of the OADF describe the approach and underlying principles which will be used to develop and then transition athletes from ‘Future Performance Potential’ to becoming a ‘Great British Swimmer’.


Please click here to download the Optimal Athlete Development Framework.



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