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Registrations are open for British Blind Sport National Youth Swimming Gala

Registrations are now open for the British Blind Sport National Youth Swimming Gala 2020.

The event takes place on Saturday 7 March from 1.30pm to 6.30pm at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull.

Held annually for more than 20 years, the National Youth Swimming Gala is open for youngsters aged between eight and 17 years old and will feature freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle relay and medley relay races over 25m, 50m and 100m.

Swimming lessons will also be held for anyone aged between 3 and 17 who wants to build their confidence in the water.

And a diving masterclass will be held by a Swim England coach for anyone wanting tips and advice on how to improve their technique.

Alaina MacGregor, chief executive of British Blind Sport, said the gala was a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to experience a competitive event.

She said: “The BBS Swimming Gala has grown year upon year since its inception.

“It is our flagship event and a day where we really get to interact with our junior members and see how they are blossoming through physical activity.

Positive feedback

“It is a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to take part in a competitive event that has been formed and adapted with accessibility and enjoyment at its heart – something which many of our participants may not have experienced before.

“The event is a fantastic chance for us to showcase the work that British Blind Sport does on a daily basis, and allow our members, supporters and volunteers the chance to get involved in an event that brings everyone together.

“We are thrilled that the event continues to be an annual success.”

Alex Pitts, BBS Participation Officer, added: “The BBS National Youth Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it provides participants with the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have had similar life experiences, as well as developing their swimming proficiency.

“The event also offers signposting to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round.

“We receive such positive feedback year on year for our swim gala and we love to see the difference just one event can make to young peoples’ lives.”