We recommend you read success is long term by the ASA. This document was produced by the ASA Technical Swimming Committee, to help parents and club helpers understand the principles behind training and competition for young swimmers.

If you’re new to competing, we recommend you read our introduction to competing for parents and swimmers. You will also find the following documents and links useful:

Guide to filling out a gala entry form

What to do at galas


Warm up information

Eating at a gala

If you haven’t read our guide to performance nutrition in our training section (useful info), you might find that helpful too.

Useful links

Shiverers Portal – our new system for entering galas you need a username and password to use this.

Meet Mobile – a great app for tracking swimming gala programmes, heat sheets and results from small meets to the national qualifying trials in the country.

The ASA website explains all about the Amateur Swimming Association, gives stroke advice and important swimming events, as well as news updates on the country’s top swimmers. You can also see where you are ranked in the county, region and country.

The latest info on the national league.

The UK home of swimming

ASA South East region

ASA Sussex County

English Schools Swimming Association