Ponds Forge to Host British Swimming Championships 2022

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre is proud to be the chosen venue for the British Swimming Championships six-day meet which also plays key a role in the qualification process for May's World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

The flagship domestic event is happening from 5th-10th April 2022 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield which is run by health and wellbeing charity, Sheffield City Trust.

Andrew Snelling, Chief Executive at Sheffield City Trust said: “We are delighted that the British Swimming Championships are returning to Ponds Forge and look forward to welcoming the athletes, staff and spectators to this exciting event on the aquatics calendar, a key competition ahead of three major international meets in 2022 for Britain's swimmers.”

Ponds Forge has a 50m Olympic-sized competition pool which will be used for the event, which will also play a part in team selections for the remaining senior and junior international meets in 2022.

Jack Buckner, CEO of British Swimming said: "We are so pleased to confirm this news as a sign of our ongoing efforts to carry the momentum of an incredible 2021 into the next Olympic cycle.

"Returning the British Swimming Championships to Ponds Forge is always a great moment as the venue holds so many happy racing memories for many of our athletes of all ages. We know how valuable a boost this major event can give to the aquatics community, and it is with thanks to our partners that we are able to provide that boost."

Ponds Forge welcomes over 850,000 visitors to Sheffield each year, with its comprehensive event programme generating over £10m per year to the local economy.  2022 looks set to be another exciting year for the venue, with events currently planned on 50 out of 52 weekends in the year.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration in Sheffield, said: “We are thrilled that Sheffield has been selected to host the British Swimming Championships this year. Sheffield has a rich and inclusive sporting history with world-class sporting facilities so it is great to see this exciting, elite event taking place in our city which will hopefully inspire swimmers and fans of all ages and abilities.

“We know things for large-scale events are uncertain right now, but we do hope that the event in its full glory will be able to take place safely as planned and we look forward to welcoming athletes and spectators from around the country to enjoy the event and all Sheffield has to offer.”