Nottingham Leander Swimmers are invited to represent their club in various Leagues.
National Arena League
The annual Arena League is the premier swimming competition in which we compete. We compete in the East Midlands area which includes 29 clubs from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.
Two individual rounds see clubs compete for points based on their performance. The six top scoring clubs then compete at the final to decide the overall winners who then go onto compete in the national final. We again have a proud tradition to maintain!
Ages for the competition (age as at 31st December is taken) are as follows: 11/under, 13/under, 15/under and Open.
Relay events per age group also take place (9 year-old swimmers can take part in 11/under relays only)
Selection is based on merit from the times/performances achieved and with input from our coaches. Given our size, we enter two teams to ensure our swimmers have the opportunity to perform. Senior and Junior Squad members and those attached to Nova Centurion’s performance squads will form the majority of our teams.
As it is the premier event for our club, we do expect those swimmers likely to be selected to keep the dates of these galas free to enable them to compete. The dates are e-mailed out to parents/guardians well in advance.
If a swimmer is selected to represent the club, an invite is e-mailed to parents/guardians well in advance. Acceptance is expected and early replies are appreciated!
Given the distances we have to travel, the Club will arrange transport to the galas wherever necessary.
Nottingham & Derby Junior League
This is the premier junior league competition in which we compete, with the League winners going forward to compete in a National round of the competition. As such, we expect all swimmers who are likely to be selected to keep the competition dates free. For league dates see http://www.nationalswimmingleague.org.uk/dates
Age on the date of the last round (usually in November) Age groups are 9, 10/u, 11/u, 12/u.
For league dates and information see http://www.derbynottsjsl.co.uk
Nottinghamshire ASA Stage Galas
Notts ASA Stage Galas offer a variety of competitive swimming events for specific age groups of the various competing clubs. Nottingham Leander use the Stage Galas as a chance to introduce swimmers to the competitive club gala environment and build their experience and showcase the overall talent of the Club.
Selection is based on merit from the times/performances achieved and with input from our coaches. Given our size, we try to enter two teams to compete with the majority coming from our Senior and Junior Squads.
Stage 1: Three individual rounds with trophies presented to the top three clubs of each gala. Younger swimmers race in 25M events, older swimmers in 50M events and all take part in relays. As outlined below, swimmers are able to compete in these events as soon as their 8th birthday has passed. A great opportunity for our younger swimmers to be part of a successful team and get their hands on some club silverware!
Age on the day of the gala, age groups are 8, 9/u, 10/u and 11/u
Stage 2: Two individual rounds where clubs compete for points based on their performance. The six top scoring clubs them compete at the Stage 2 Final to decide the overall winners. Swimmers can take part in either 50M individual events and/or relays.
Age on the day of the final round, age groups are 10/u, 12/u, 14/u, Open
Stage 3: Two individual rounds where clubs compete for points based on their performance. The six top scoring clubs them compete at the Stage 2 Final to decide the overall winners. Swimmers take part in either 100M individual events and/or relays.
Age on the day of the final round, age groups are 12/u, 14/u, Open
Sports Centre League
A local league aimed to encourage swimmers some of whom may not have had access regular competitions. We aim to include untried and up-and-coming swimmers, and to that end we currently enter three teams in this league. Galas are swum in two groups of three, in Spring and autumn. Ages are as at the date of the last gala in each group.