Spectators who have purchased Swim England National Winter Championships tickets will be able to exchange them with someone they know if they are no longer needed.
The event is scheduled to take place from Friday December 3 through Sunday December 5 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool.
Due to the capacity restrictions imposed by the venue and the increased number of athletes participating in the competition, fewer spectator tickets than usual have gone on sale.
This led to the sale of tickets for the Friday and Saturday playoff sessions a few minutes after they went on sale.
Tickets for the final three sessions are still available for purchase.
Swim England Events Manager Ekaterina Boyd said: “We understand that those who missed the Friday and Saturday heats will be frustrated, but unfortunately we are unable to keep up with the huge demand for tickets.
“Due to Covid-19, we are operating with reduced venue capacities in order to provide a safe event for our athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators.
“As we have seen an unprecedented number of entries for this year’s championships and are now operating two short course pools, the number of spectators we are allowed to allow has decreased.
“Due to these limitations, unfortunately no other spectator tickets will be available for purchase.
“However, we do allow spectators to exchange their tickets with someone they know on the site if they wish to enter and exit the pool hall, to try and allow as many people as possible to watch their children compete.
“Athletes swimming in Qualifying B on Friday and Qualifying B on Saturday are strongly reminded not to arrive at the venue earlier than their designated warm-up time. “
The three-day Winter National Championships will also be streamed live on the Swim England website.
Ekaterina added, “We will be live streaming all sessions and finals of the championships.
“While we recognize that it’s not the same as being on the site, it gives everyone the chance to watch what we hope will be three exciting days of action.”
Following the recent government announcement regarding the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the safety of all of our competitors, coaches, team leaders, volunteers, team staff and spectators is paramount.
Swim England strongly recommends that competitors, coaches, team managers, spectators, team staff and volunteers take a lateral flow test before attending and wear a face mask inside the site.
This applies to everyone unless they are physically participating in a competition, medically exempt, or refereeing.
The situation will be continuously monitored as the Championships approach and any updates will be posted on the Swim England website and social media.
Further details for competitors, coaches, team leaders, spectators and volunteers are available by clicking here.
All participants are also required to complete the Covid-19 Reporting and Risk Awareness Form before arriving at Ponds Forge.
More details on the competition are available by clicking here.