Galas Explained

The club competes in three leagues, comprising a variety of rounds or galas, these are the Cotswold League, UBSC Winter League and Junior Four Seasons League. We also intend to rejoin the National Arena League for the 2017/18 Season starting October 2017.


The Cotswold League caters for all ages of swimmers throughout the club and comprises 4 league rounds held between January and April, each with 4 teams, resulting in a Final, larger round in May. The age groups are 11 & Under, 13 & Under, 15 & Under and Open. This year Backwell finished fourth overall and were B-Final Champions in 2015 and 2016.


The UBSC Winter League is a series of 3 galas held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October - December.  This is a gala series for clubs that do not currently swim in the National Arena League or for clubs that do to field a second side on the same date as the Arena galas are held.  Age groups are different for each round and the final round is a Xmas Cracker gala with some more unusual events (think t-shirt relays).  Backwell won this series in 2015 and 2016.


The Four Seasons Galas caters for the younger swimmers in our club. The Four seasons is a series of four galas held throughout the year for 9, 10, 11 & 12 year old swimmers. This league provides an opportunity for younger swimmers to compete and is usually our swimmers' first step into competition outside of the club, before progressing to the Cotswold and The National Swimming League teams. The first Four Seasons Gala of the season is held in November.


You will find dates of these upcoming galas on the notice board at the Pool and on this website. Please check the board for team selection, which will also be posted prior to each event.