Spectator Information

The Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships feature the finest young swimmers competing on the national stage.

The competition provides the perfect platform for young club swimmers aspiring to compete in the Olympic Games and World Championships.

The 2019 event will take place at Rother Valley Country Park.

Further information about tickets, merchandise and opening times will be available closer to the date of the event.

What is the address of the venue?

Rother Valley Country Park
Mansfield Road,
Wales Bar,
S26 5PQ

Where can I park?

Parking is available onsite charged at £5.00* per car or motorcycle per day at the gatehouse.

Once past the gatehouse please follow the signage to the Water Sports and Activity Centre and the spectator and competitor car park.

*Car parking cost may be subject to change by the park.

What other facilities are there?

The Stables Café will be open between 08:00 and 17:00 daily.

A variety of hot and cold food and drinks will also be available to purchase from the catering van located at the Festival Village. Breakfast options will be available, including sausage and bacon rolls, porridge and a range of healthy snacks.

The 750 acre park also hosts a number of walking and cycling routes which link into the Transpennine Trail and Sustrans Route 6. Bicycles are available to hire from the Water Sports and Activity Centre (photo ID will be required to hire a bicycle).

There are five lakes within the park, with the competition being held in the Main Lake which is 1 mile long. The Nature Reserve offers fantastic bird watching with over 260 different varieties of birds recorded over the past two years.

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 the Wavepower document.

Who do I contact with a question about the event?

View all the relevant contacts of this event on our Contacts page.

Who do I contact with a question about the venue?

The telephone number of the venue is 0114 247 1452.