Your swimmer will need some extra kit with them for galas and we have listed some of the basics here to help our newer members be prepared for the gala and poolside.
PLEASE FIND BELOW A LIST OF ITEMS RECOMMENDED FOR GALAS
1 (or even 2) swimming costumes or jammers for the boys
Goggles (please make sure they are correctly sized ready for the gala, it's useful to try them out before going to a gala to make sure they fit and are comfortable)
Crewe Flyers Swimming Cap
Crewe Flyers Top
Poolside shoes/flipflops (these need to be indoor only and not worn outdoors)
Shorts/tracksuit bottoms (not all swimmers take these, it will depend on how warm/cold your swimmer feels on poolside)
Plenty of water/juice; it's important for swimmers to stay hydrated
Food and snacks. For full day galas sandwiches/pasta salad and assorted fruit plus cereal bars/snacks. We find that jaffa cakes and Haribos are popular as poolside snacks with the swimmers! We would advise against nuts/peanuts due to the allergy risks to other swimmers on poolside.
Towels; you will need at least 1 for the poolside and 1 for getting dry with when changing. If its an all day gala and you are in morning and afternoon sessions you may wish to take an extra towel, for the 2nd session.
Parking varies by pool, at Macclesfield the parking is free
There is usually a charge for spectating/the gala programme and this varies by event, make sure you have change with you for this; its usually between £4.00-£8.00
You might wish to take a pen or highlighter with you to identify your swimmer and/or write down their times on your programme although the full results and times are posted soon after the events on the wall at the pool and then online (usually on both the hosting clubs website and the ASA individual times information page)
Please bear in mind that the spectator areas get very warm, so if even if it's arctic temps outside you need to be prepared with layers that you can remove as you will feel like you are in the Caribbean within 10 mins of being in the spectator area!
Many pools have café facilities; Macclesfield does have one serving hot and cold food so for those attending the Junior Cheshire meet you could eat lunch there if you don't fancy a packed lunch however please be aware that it gets busy.
If you don't have a Crewe Flyers swimming cap or need a club t-shirt/hoodie please speak to us to purchase them from the shop