Gala Overview

Overview of swim competitions

There are many different types of competition and the Committee and coaches of the Club select a full range of events appropriate to swimmers. There are competitive opportunities for all swimming members.

We run several galas for club members only. These include the Club Championships, which take place in the autumn- all swimmers are invited to take part in club champs. Trophies are awarded at our Presentation Night in January. We also run Badge Galas, where swimmers aim to achieve timed standards, as set down by Swim England. Bronze, silver, gold and platinum badges are awarded to the achievement of specific times on strokes/distances.

League and Trophy Galas

Bramcote Swimming Club competes as a team at various venues, usually on Saturday evenings, over a full range of swimming races against other clubs in various league and trophy galas. Points are awarded for the position achieved in each race and the total points give each club a final position in the gala. We try to compete against clubs of a similar standard to ourselves.

Open Meets

Open meets provide the swimmer with a chance to compete in favoured/preferred events, targeting particular qualifying times and standards (e.g. County or Regional Qualifying times). Although the swimmer is competing for themselves, they are still representing Bramcote Swimming Club. The Head Coach identifies specific open meets that competitive swimmers should aim to attend. This ensures a large presence from our club on poolside, so that both moral and technical support can be provided by the coach and other swimmers. We run our own Level 3 open meet – The Bramcote Open Meet – which takes place on the last Sunday in November.

County and Regional Championships

The Nottinghamshire County Championships, which are open to swimmers who achieve the appropriate qualifying times, take place over several weekends during February and March. The East Midlands (Regional) Championships and ‘Nationals’ provide progressively higher levels of competition.