Thousands of swimming competitions take place in England for kids
and adults every year and most include swimmers with disabilities.
Just get involved.
To do so you’ll need to be a member of a
swimming club for the majority of swimming competitions in
England, and a Category 2
member for the highest three levels of competition.
For most swimming competitions athletes are split into groups based
on their age on 31 December that year. However, there are some
competitions for which age groups are based on a swimmer’s
age on the day of competition.
They take place in either a 25m or a 50m pool. The 25m events are
called short course and the 50m long course.
Key swimming competitions in England
Getting into the sport of swimming you would start competing at
lower level Licensed Meets. You can find out more about Licensed Meets
As you progress you work your way to the bigger events. Here
are some key English competitions. All these events are
inclusive of swimmers who hold a current national or
international classification for
functional, visually impaired or intellectual
Weeks 2 – 9: English County Championships
– the beginning of each calendar year is marked
by the staging of the respective English County Championships as
well as the Welsh Regional and Scottish District events. There is
no requirement for these competitions to be held in a 50m pool so
some counties chose to stage their in a short course pool and some
in a long course pool. Age
Groups: 10/11 Years, 12 Years, 13 Years, 14 Years, 15 Years, 16+
Weeks 14 – 22: English Regional Championships
– the English Regional Championships take place
during April or May, as do the Scottish and Welsh National Age
Group Championships. Unlike the county events, the eight regional
championships are all held in a long course pool. There is also a
one year difference in the age groups and the addition of club
relays. Age Groups: 11/12
Years, 13 Years, 14 Years, 15 Years, 16 Years, 17+ Years
Weeks 29 – 33: Swim England National Summer Meet
– our National Summer Meet takes place in the
week after the British Summer Championships and is a long course
event. The event uses the same qualification window and rankings as
the British Summer Championships and is for the top ranked English
swimmers who did not qualify for the British competition. Age Groups: 12/13 Years, 14 Years,
15 Years, 16/17 Years, 18+ Years
Week 51: Swim England
National Winter Meet – our National Winter Meet
brings the calendar year to an end with Great Britain’s top
swimmers battling it out in the short course pool.