HSC Galas  – Competitive Swimming

Most children enjoy swimming against other children. The club provides the opportunity for all members to taste competition. The first introduction to competitive swimming is provided in the clubs own championship galas. A large proportion of such swimmers will go on to be selected by the club to swim in one of our league gala teams and for those that want to go further, the club organises entries into a number of ‘open’ galas.


Club Championship Galas

The club organises four main championship galas a year. They run on Friday evenings at Harrow Lodge Pool in lieu of normal training.

Swimmers compete within their ability group (for those in our Improver Width groups) or by age group (for our squad swimmers).

Boys and girls have separate events, but may swim at the same time to keep the gala running efficiently. Events are usually decided on time, rather than running heats and a final.

Club championship galas are publicised by our Friday evening table team, all coaches, and parents on our social media channels. Parents are reminded to complete entry forms over several weeks before the entry deadline. We regret that no late entries can be accepted.

The gala dates, closing dates and summary of the events for this year are provided in the gala schedule. The schedule for next year will appear around the end of the year.

Swimmers pay per event when completing the entry form, rather than paying for their training session on the night.


League Galas

The club enters a team in a number of leagues. Each of the leagues are aimed at various standard and age of swimmers. 

Essex Mini League, East London Mini League, Essex League.

The club selection committee attempt to select a balanced team based on the known standard of club swimmers.

Every time a swimmer takes part in a race, their time is recorded and used by the selection committee. Most swimmers record their first times at the club championships.

Swimmers are not normally allowed to swim in league events until the calendar year in which they turn nine. In this year they are only allowed to swim in relays. They become eligible to swim in individual events in the calendar year in which they turn ten.

Team Selection

Teams are normally selected about three weeks before the gala date and the team are notified by email.

Please reply to the email indicating whether or not your child can swim.

Tickets for each swimmer are also put out in the foyer on Friday nights. These tickets specify the date and the venue and a telephone number. It is important that these tickets are picked up as soon as possible and even more important that the club is notified if the swimmer is not able to swim.

Regular team members should keep future gala dates in mind when organising other events and warn the selection committee in advance if they will not be available for selection. The latest fixtures can be found in the current fixture list.

The club covers the cost of league galas; swimmers do not need to pay an individual entry fee.


Open Galas 

Various clubs organise galas for individuals to enter. These normally provide events in all four strokes aimed at specifically aged swimmers. Some of the galas are one length races others are 100 meter races. To take part in these events the swimmers must be registered as competitive swimmers with the ASA. The club normally co-ordinates entries into these events but it is the individual’s responsibility to enter. Costs are per event and will be detailed on the entry form.