Development Galas


What is a Development Gala?

Development Galas are used as part of the criteria for swimmers moving between certain squads within the club.

Who can enter a Development Gala ?

All Achiever squads from Reception Achievers 1 & 2, Blue & Red Achievers plus High Achievers Boys and Girls as well as Junior Club. Entry to the gala is £2.

When and Where

Dates are November 14th 2021, March 6th 2022 and June 19th 2022. The Gala will take place at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Events to be entered

If you need help in deciding which events you should enter please consult your coach for advice. Please note to make best use of the time available events will be based on entry times and not separated into age groups. Please enter where possible accurate times (preferably from the last development gala) to help with the seeding of the events.

Reception Achievers 2
100m freestyle AND 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Reception Achievers 1
100m Freestyle AND 50m Breaststroke & 50m Backstroke AND 100m IM at the discretion of Anita.

Blue/Red Achievers
200m Freestyle & choose two from 50m Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly & 100IM

High Achievers Boys & Girls 
200m freestyle, choose two from 50m Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly & 200m IM

Junior Club
100m Freestyle & choose two from 50m Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly & 100IM

How do swimmers enter?

An email will be sent 4-6 weeks before the event when online entry is available. Complete the online form, there is a seperate link for the Reception Achievers 1 & 2 online entry to the other squads. A few days after the closing date a provisional programme will be produced which should be checked for accuracy. Once the final programme has been produced no further changes can be made.

What do I do if a swimmer can not make it on the day due to illness etc?

No problem. We hope they will be better for the next one! 

Can Parents watch the Development Galas?

Parents/ Guardians are more than wlecome to watch and we have a 500 seat spectator balcony! Entry to the balcony is first come first served and there is a charge of £2.00 per ticket. 

What do I need to bring on the day & what is expected of the swimmers?

All swimmers are advised, as a minimum, to bring with them a T-shirt and dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms, something to wear on their feet (flip flops/trainers), 2 towels (one for poolside and a spare for afterwards to get dry!), a “C” hat if a hat is worn & two pairs of goggles (in case one pair break). It is also advisable to have plenty of fluids to drink as performances can drop if swimmers get dehydrated.

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