Friday 19th - Sunday 21st April 2019
London Aquatics Centre (LAC)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Our Easter International Open Meet is nearly upon us and Beckenham Swimming Club will be welcoming clubs from all over the country along with clubs from Bulgaria & Italy! The London Aquatic Centre will be a new venue to many swimmers, coaches, officials and parents so please pass this on to everyone involved and take a few moments to read the following information which includes details on session times, sign in and more.
The London Aquatic Centre
The venue is one of the best swimming venues in the world and we hope provides inspiration for all those competing.
Entry to the LAC for swimmers & coaches will be from 7.15am on all 3 days. Spectators will be allowed entry from 7.30am. Please ensure you don't arrive early as the security team will restrict entry before these times.
All access to the building for officials, spectators, swimmers and coaches is through the event doors upstairs. Officials must be carrying their ASA cards at all times. Coaches must wear their Poolside Passes at all times - these can be collected on arrival.
The LAC has an exclusive catering contract with its caterers and will not allow spectators to bring their own food/drink. Spectators will have their bags searched and asked to dispose of any food/drink found. This is not ideal, but is outside of our control - please ensure your spectators are aware of this.
We have agreed with the operators that swimmers can bring their own food. They should take any food through with them. Spectators will not be able to give them food during the event unless purchased on site.
Car parking at the LAC is limited. There are eleven (11) blue badge parking spots and these are on a first come first served basis.
Officials, Spectators, Swimmers and Coaches should park in Westfield Centre, Stratford. The best car park is car park B. It should take about ten minutes to walk to the Aquatics centre.
For those of you not familiar with the LAC, it is right next door to the London Stadium where West Ham Football Club plays its home matches. There will be a fixture on Saturday 20th April at 3pm. This usually means a lot of congestion & road closures in the area building up to and after the game so please be aware & if necessary allow extra journey time to / from the LAC.
Please click for confirmed Session Timings. Note that each day's timings are different. This was necessary so as to avoid rejecting any swims so please ensure swimmers, coaches and parents are aware. We should be finishing no later than 7pm on each day.
All events for this gala are SIGN IN as we do not wish to run any heats with empty lanes. Sign in will take place on poolside - see Session timings for details of when sign in closes.
Programmes for all Sessions will be available on our website from Wednesday 17th April. Note that we will not be selling programmes at the Open itself and urge you just to print out what you need.
Pre-notified withdrawals will still appear in the programme but they have been crossed-through on the Sign-in Sheets.
Spectator entry, from 7.30am, will be by a coloured wrist-band and will be charged at £10.00 per day. Children under the age of 10 will gain entry free of charge.
We are still in need of officials, in particular for Sessions 3, 4 & 6. If you are available and have yet to advise if you can help us out, please can you register by clicking here. The meeting point for those of you who have kindly agreed to officiate is downstairs in the Creche.
We have swimmers attending our gala that have severe nut allergies & therefore kindly request no nuts / products containing nuts are brought onto poolside for the entire competition.
We will be running a raffle on the Saturday and Sunday. We have some great prizes available - from hampers of treats, sweets and toys, Swimzi vouchers, to signed sporting memorabilia, and also some top tickets to great family entertainment events and festivals so please support our Raffle.
Swimzi will be setting up a stall at the LAC on both Saturday and Sunday manned by Liam Tancock.
Lastly, we hope that everyone has an amazing event with us!