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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.

National Winter Championships live results

Live results, start lists and scoreboards for the Swim England National Winter Championships (25m) 2021 can be found using the button below.


Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and reduced venue capacities, we are only allowing a limited number of spectators to attend this year’s National Winter Championships.

Spectators will be required to pre-purchase tickets for the event, as there will be no on the door ticket sales.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 3pm on the Monday 29 November and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

It is strongly recommended that all spectators follow the coronavirus safety guidlines outlined below whilst attending the Championships.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The safety of all our competitors, spectators, volunteers and team staff is paramount and therefore this competition will retain precautions as a duty of care for all involved.

Swim England are working closely with the venue operator to ensure the event is planned and delivered in line with the current Government guidelines and robust risk assessments have been developed and agreed.

Please click here to view the full list of COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for the event.

Swim England will continue to assess the ongoing situation and will provide regular updates on any changes or adaptations to the guidance.


Children under the age of 5 will be allowed to attend free of charge whilst being accompanied by a paying Adult. No other concessions will be made.

What is the schedule for the competition?

The National Winter Championships will take place from 3-5 December 2021, a full schedule of events can be seen here.

Where does the event take place?

The Swim England National Winter Championships takes place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
    Sheaf Street
    S1 2BP

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.

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 event merchandise at the Front of House desk and Swim Shop on site.

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.

The use of professional camera equipment and flash photography is prohibited at the Championships.

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