Secondary Team Championships

The Secondary Schools Team Relay Championships organiser is Tim Hartley

The Secondary Schools Team Relay Championships is the longest running championship series organised by the ESSA. It is open to secondary school aged swimmers from across England, including state, public and home-schooled students. Teams compete in 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays. The Championships is run as a national final with competing schools determined by the fastest times achieved in a qualifying round organised by the ESSA divisions. Some divisions hold multiple qualifying galas in different locations to ensure a wide participation. In 2018 over two thousand three hundred  teams from over four hundred schools participated in the qualifying round in twenty-two separate galas across the country. 137 separate schools participated in the National Finals that were held at the London Aquatic Centre - the home of swimming for the 2012 Olympics. Ten Para teams competed representing their Division across two categories.






2019 Event

Sat 16th November 2019 - 62nd Secondary Schools' Team Championships
Venue : London Aquatics Centre

Details for all attendees at the National Finals

See the event Handbook (download from the link below) for timing, event order etc. 


Pool Familiarisation Timetable V2 (FINAL). Qualifying Round - Results & Qualifiers/Reserves for the National Finals

The following is a complete set of results consolidating the results of all qualifying round galas, together with a list of qualifiers and reserves for each event.

Merchandise

The deadline for pre-ordered personalised t-shirts and hoodies for this event was 8th November. Some merchandise will be available to purchase on the day at the championships. [Click here to go to merchandise page]

Para Swimmers

Each division can enter Para teams (see regulations for details). Para swimmers should contact their Division Rep to register intereat in representing your division.
There is no qualifying round for Para swimmers.

Photos

A selection of photos from our official photographer at previous events are available on our Gallery page
A wider selection of photos is available to view and purchase on the photographer's website (Click HERE to open in a new window).

Regulations

Regulations for the event were last changed in August 2017 


Ages are calculated at midnight 31st August/1st September at the beginning of academic year of competition:

e.g. for competitions in school year 2019/20, swimmers must have been born in the date range below (inclusive) to participate in that age-group's events:
NOTE: Nominal school years are provided for information only and will not apply if a student is outside of the normal intake age for the year e.g. if they have retaken a year.

   Date of Birth  Age      Normally School year  Date of Birth range  
 Age Group  Latest  Earliest    From  To   From   To   
 Junior  31/08/08  01/09/06  11  12 7 8 01/09/06 - 31/08/08 
 Inter. 31/08/06  01/09/04  13  14 9 10 01/09/04 - 31/08/06 
Senior 31/08/04 01/09/01 15 17 11 13 01/09/01 - 31/08/04

 

Results/Records

At the bottom of this page is a link to the results and the championship Records from previous years.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can enter?

This is a team event where swimmers represent their school rather than their club. It is open to all secondary school aged swimmers. All schools are automatically affiliate to ESSA on entry to any of its events; there is no need to pre-register or affiliate. Home schooled swimmers that wish to participate should contact their division representative.
Para swimmers represent their division.

How does my school enter?

Entry forms are made available by each division for their qualifying gala. These forms are often emailed by division representatives to schools that have previously participated or expressed an interest, and are also made available via the division's webpage of this website. Schools may enter only ONE qualifying gala. Some qualifying round galas permit a school to enter more than one team in each age group, but this is subject to the organisers discretion and only the nominated A team will be eligible for progression to the national finals.
Para teams are organised by the division's representative, so if you have a swimmer in your school who is interested in competing, please contact your division representative.

When is the qualifying event in our area?

All qualification galas are published on the relevant division's webpage of this website.
Schools are not restricted to entering galas in their own division (or county where events are organised at a county level), however the organiser may place restrictions on out of area schools to ensure safe and efficient running of their gala.

What events are included?

Teams compete in 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays. These are always run short-course (in a 25m pool) during the qualifying round. National Finals are usually run long-course (in a 50m pool); however, this is subject to the availability of a suitable pool. There are three age groups (Junior, Intermediate and Senior), each of which is run as a Boys and a Girls event.
In addition, Divisions can enter Para teams, run as separate Boys and Girls events, with a range of disability point to accommodate a wide range of para swimmers.

Can we enter a team with an underage swimmer?

No, swimmers must be within the applicable age range for their age group. ESSA events are based on age groups that set upper and lower ages for swimmers. Ages are based on ages at the start of the academic year (31st August/1st September). 

Can we change swimmers between rounds?

Yes, A team can be changed between the qualifying round and the national finals. Further changes can be made between the heats and finals of an event within the National Finals gala. Also, whilst each age group can participate in a Freestyle and Medley relay, there is no requirement for these to use the same four swimmers.

Do first leg results count as a licensed time?

No, This is not a licensed gala so unfortunately times swum at this gala cannot be submitted to rankings.

Records

All records were reinitialised in 2014 to reflect the new age groups.

National Championships Results

62nd Secondary Team Championship Results (2019-20)
61st Secondary Team Championship Results (2018-19)


60th Secondary Team Championship Results (2017-18)
59th Secondary Team Championship Results (2016-17)

58th Secondary Team Championship Results (2015-16)