Here’s our fixtures list for Winter 2018 (click image below to expand)
Entries for SE Region and National events to be submitted directly via event websites as per links below.  All other event entries via club system [Link]

National Winter SC Champs  – 14-16th December – Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Entries, QTs, etc:
 [Link] (allow a few days to complete the event registration process)
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Premier Inn Angel Street  (the staff understand the swimming community!).  There is a Co-Op within walking distance
Novotel Sheffield (family rooms have double and sofa-bed only)
Holiday Inn Sheffield

Kent Championships – Jan / Feb 2019
Entries, QTs, etc: Via Thanet Swim Club entry system [Link]
19/20th Jan – London Aquatics Centre (50m) for distance & 50m events
26/27 Jan & 2/3rd Feb – Crystal Palace (50m) for all other individual events
Dover (25m) team events – the new pool opens early 2019
As usual there will be age group finals, junior and senior finals, however, this year there will be no ‘open’ finals.
The 2019 Event Timetable is here: [Link]
The 2019 Qualifying Times are here: [Link]
(Most swim families drive up to the event each day)
Note for the new 800/1500 events
These will be swum as ‘mixed’ events on the same day.  There are only consideration times as it is new to both the swimmers and the organisers so KCASA want to retain a degree of flexibility.  The first three of the ‘new’ gender will be selected, the balance of entries being from the next fastest from both genders. Both events will swim on the same day, KCASA anticipate that swimmers will choose one or the other rather than both.
More information will be released in the next few weeks along with the full entry pack

City of Sheffield Open – 29-31st March 2019
Entries, QTs, etc:
Via Thanet Swim Club entry system [Link] – event details on there
Galas at Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Parking:The venue has a medium sized multi-storey car park, it fill up fairly quickly – keep your ticket for a £2 refund in the cafeteria.
Food: The venue has a quite good cafeteria
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Premier Inn Angel Street  (the staff understand the swimming community!).  There is a Co-Op within walking distance
Novotel Sheffield (family rooms have double and sofa-bed only)
Holiday Inn Sheffield 
Alternatively if you are in Sheffield for a week (or more) we recommend booking a cottage out of town or an air B&B and drive in each day, the pool is close to the edge of town, and parking on-site is usually achievable.

Portsmouth Easter Open – 19-22nd April 2019
Entries, QTs, etc: Via Thanet Swim Club entry system [Link]
Galas at Mountbatten Pool, Portsmouth
Note: Very limited spectator seating at this venue (pack a deckchair!)
There’s NO WIFI or phone signal at this venue either!
Parking: The venue has a large car park which fills up very quickly
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Premier Inn North Harbour.
There is a big Tesco with fuel, a Beefeater, a Pizza Hut and KFC all within walking distance.

British Championships – 16 – 21st April 2019
Entries, QTs, etc:
Via British Swimming Website (details to follow)
Tollcross Centre, Glasgow

Arena League Final – Sat 27th April 2019
Subject to qualifying

SE Region Championships
Entries, QTs, etc:
Via Swim SE Website [Link to follow]
(allow at least a couple of days to complete the registration process)

SER Youths – 6th May 2019 – Wycombe Leisure Centre
Parking:
Park in the ‘Park and Ride’ this is usually free all day (but check in case this changes).
Supplies:
There is a big Waitrose next door to the pool – pick up supplies in the morning as the snack and salads can all be gone by lunchtime.  Also has a sushi bar and they will make individual orders! Ice lollies are a nice treat for swimmers when it gets hot in the afternoon!
Food: The venue has a small coffee stall that also serves limited sarnies / cakes.
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Premier Inn High Wycombe which is a short drive away, its town centre location is handy for restaurants (incl Zizzi with good pasta dishes for swimmers).
The Holiday Inn High Wycombe M40 Jn4 is within walking distance of the pool, but is more expensive, there is a Frankie and Benny’s and a TGI Fridays within walking distance of the hotel and a Harvester nearby.
Some people stay at the Travel Lodge High Wycombe (but their pull-out beds are no where near as comfy as the Prem Inn or Hol Inn beds!)

SER Age Groups – 11-12th & 25-26th May – K2 Crawley
Parking: The venue has a large car park which fills up very quickly, the overflow car park is close by to walk to the pool – Officials are guaranteed parking at the venue.
Supplies: There is a handy M&S at Peas Pottage Services which is just a couple of minutes drive from the pool (or a fairly long walk).
Food: The venue has a large cafeteria with hot ‘pot’ meals, jacket potatoes, chips, cakes and sarnies – but the queue is absolutely massive on event days.
Tilgate Park – This park is adjacent to the pool and is a nice place to take swimmers for a walk in the fresh air between sessions.  There is a large Smith & Western restaurant in the park for a quick dinner after racing.
Crawley Leisure Park – This is a short drive away it has a Nandos, Harvester, Bella Pasta, Pizza Hut and TGI Fridays as well as a large Cinema.
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Holiday Inn Express Crawley
A little bit further out is the Premier Inn Manor Royal (Gatwick) – this hotel always does the earliest breakfasts around – which is very useful for Sunday galas! There is an M&S foodhall and Tesco Express nearby.
A posher hotel is the  Crowne Plaza Gatwick – make sure you ask for the Crawley Swimming Club ‘K2’ deal when booking as this often includes free breakfasts (which are otherwise rather expensive).
Some people stay at the Travel Lodge Crawley (but their pull-out beds are no where near as comfy as the Prem Inn or Hol Inn beds!)

British Summer Championships – 23 – 28th July 2019
Entries, QTs, etc:
Via British Swimming Website (details to follow)
Tollcross Centre, Glasgow

Swim England Summer ‘Nationals’ – 31st July – 4th August 2019
Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Entries, QTs, etc:
Via Swim England Website (details to follow)
(allow a few days to complete the event registration process)
Recommended hotels (book early):
Many of our swim families stay at the Premier Inn Angel Street  (the staff understand the swimming community!).  There is a Co-Op within walking distance 
Novotel Sheffield
(family rooms have double and sofa-bed only)
Holiday Inn Sheffield

Galas at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
Note: Very limited spectator seating at this venue (pack a deckchair!)
Parking: The venue has a large car park which fills up very quickly
Food: The venue has a large Starbucks upstairs – but the queue is massive on event days – better to go into their ‘Sports bar’ just a bit further round the corridor.
Recommended hotels (book early):
Holiday Inn Guildford (within walking distance has pool & gym expensive!)
Premier Inn Guildford Nth (short drive to pool)

Galas at the London Aquatics Centre, London
Parking: The venue has a practically no parking – use the Westfield shopping centre parking or the (cheaper) international station car park this is a short walk away but is only £6 per 24 hours.
Food: Spectators are NOT allowed to bring any food into the venue (bags are checked) – Swimmers are allowed to take food in, so give all the packed lunches to your swimmers and then meet them down by the cafe to get it back! The venue has a small cafe – the service is AWFUL! They sometimes run coffee stands at the back of the spectator’s area but this is hit and miss.
Supplies: Westfield shopping centre is huge and is completely mobbed 24/7.  It has a M&S and a Waitrose and many other food outlets including: Pizza Express, Nandos, Wagamama, etc.  The fresh pasta bar ‘Pasta Rimoli‘ near the Waitrose is often a hit with Swimmers as they do takeaways.
Recommended hotels (book early):
These are all very expensive – better to drive up each day
Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Travel Lodge

 


Flickr Photos

Twitter Feed

Return to Home


%d bloggers like this: