National Arena League Round 1

Arena11Oct14Head Coach Martin writes: This is a prestigious competition taking place in every region of the British Isles. For our club this is a historic moment as we entered in our own name for the first time, starting in the lower Division 2.

The first round took place on Saturday 11 October and we came a close 3rd with many fantastic swims. Out of 50 events, Leander was first in 8 and second in a further 19. Our individual winners were: Rui Cachopo, Sandor Apponyi (twice) and Tymek Filipowicz.

We were certainly the best at supporting our swimmers! There is one more round in November and then there the finals in December where clubs fight for promotion to Division 1.

The top three clubs:

  • Barking and Dagenham 236
  • Barnes 223
  • Leander 215

Bromley Autumn Gold Meet

After an early dash across South London, Leander swimmers had a great day at Bromley’s first Open Meet.

Autumn golds were won, as well as silvers and bronzes. Head Coach Martin was very pleased by the various race skills shown by the squad. Leander came 2nd in the Best Visiting Club Trophy.

Congratulations to all swimmers for a very fine performance, and thanks to coaches Martin and Caroline.

Read the results.



Club Champs Sessions reduced to 3

We have had to take the decision to reduce the number of sessions from 6 to 3. For a number of reasons we are unable to get referees for all six sessions, and without official referees we are unable to hold the galas.

The sessions will now be:

Saturday 15 November (JAGS Pool – 1-7pm)

200 Breast (all ages), 11 & Under 200 IM, 200 Free, 200 Back

Sunday 16 November (Ernest Bevin 9am – 2pm)

50m Free, 50m Back, 50m Breast, 50m Fly

Sunday 14 December (JAGS Pool 1-7pm)

200m Fly, 10 & Over 100 Free, 10 & Over 100 Breast, 100IM (all ages), 10 & Over 100 Fly, 10 & Over 100 Back, 12 & Over 200 IM

We quite understand that this may change your choice of events. We are therefore extending the entry date until Friday 10 October. If you wish to change an EXISTING entry (by adding and/or deleting an event) please just email with the relevant information.

If you wish to enter your child and you hadn’t previously done so – please use the generic online form.

Changes to Counties and Nationals

British swimming have announced plans for a new British Summer Championships which will take place from 2015, and will replace the current National Championships system. No specific details have been divulged, but it has been confirmed that there will be no qualifying times. Instead the qualification will be by achieving a top-24 GB ranking within a specified qualification period, and ages will be as of 31st December.

British Swimming piece on the new national system.

Reflecting the new approach, Surrey County ASA have made changes for the 2015 competition: details in a consultation document (although the consultation has been closed for a while).

Surreys 2015 details.

Performance Camp for Junior and Senior Squads, Crystal Palace 27–31 October

During this October half term we are running a 5 day training programme specifically to learn and develop what it takes to be a performance swimmer – How can you achieve your Peak Performance?

With an eye firmly on Beckenham Rising Stars, Saxon Crown and Surreys – Leander SC have teamed up with Kingston Royals SC to create our own ‘Talent Camp’. This will be an opportunity to mix and train with swimmers from another club to learn something new, to experience a team environment and enjoy the social interaction between competitive club swimmers. We are confident that the programme will bring a positive outcome to both our swimmers and coaches alike.
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Competition Skills Camp for Bronze, Silver and Gold

27 – 31st October Ernest Bevin College

Leander Coaching Team will be running a Competition Skills Camps this October half term for Development Squad swimmers to develop and hone their competitive drills. We will cover pre and post work out, race routines, injury prevention, stretching, land conditioning, principles of warm up, recovery and many more techniques.

This 5 day course is open to swimmers in Bronze, Silver and Gold squads looking to improve their competitive swimming and build a pathway to our Performance Squad.


  • Monday 27th October Front Crawl and streamlining
  • Tuesday 28th October Back Stroke and tumble turns
  • Wednesday 29th October Breaststroke and turns
  • Thursday 30th October Butterfly and dives
  • Friday 31st October Individual Medley, IM turns, relay turns

Cost: £20 per day or £60 for the full 5 days booked in advance.

To reserve your place please contact Fiona by email quoting DSC at