National Winter Champs Tickets and Spectator Information

The National Winter Championships is the premier short course event in the English domestic swimming calendar with hundreds of the most talented swimmers from around the country converging on Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

There is nothing quite like watching the action unfold from the stands at Ponds Forge.

Here is some useful information if you are planning to attend the National Winter Championships as a spectator.

What is the schedule for the competition?

The National Winter Championships 2017 took place from 13 – 17 December.

Head to our Schedule page for both a detailed PDF version and a simplified version of the daily schedule.

Can I park at the venue?

We recommend that spectators park just across the road at Castle Gate Q-Park, Broad Street where discounted prices will be honoured for Ponds Forge customers.

Please collect a discounted car parking ticket from Main Reception at Ponds Forge. Monday – Sunday: £1 per hour up to a maximum of £6 (terms and conditions apply).

Alternatively, you may wish to use Nunnery Square Park and Ride, just off the Sheffield Parkway A57.

Dedicated disabled parking spaces are available on the top level of the Ponds Forge car park.

Can I buy footage to watch back?

Yes, you can buy USB sticks with footage from all five days in Sheffield using our Winter Champs Memory Stick Order Form.

What can I purchase at the venue?

There is a café at Ponds Forge where hot and cold food and refreshments are available to purchase.

You will also be able to buy programmes at the venue.

Can I take pictures?

Parents and carers of participants under the age of 18 who wish to take images are requested to focus on their own children as much as reasonably possible and to avoid including other children in images, particularly if those images are being shared with family and friends or through social media platforms.

Whilst it is acknowledged that parents/carers wish to celebrate the achievements of their own children when taking part in aquatic events, it should be recognised and respected that other parents/carers may not wish for their child’s image to be taken and shared in this way.

  • Click here to download Swim England’s Filming and Photography Policy.

There is useful information about child welfare in Swim England’s Wavepower document.

Who do I contact with a question about the event?

If you have a question about the National Winter Championships, please contact us on