Swimmers Guide: Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Used for Rotherham Open Masters L/C - February, National Short Course Championships - October and Sheffield Open S/C

Pool - A 10 lane 50m variable depth pool which can be divided into 2 x 25m pools plus diving pit used for warm up/swim down which is 25m wide. Depth for meets is around 2m throughout in the main pool and 3m+ in the diving pit.

Changing facilities - Separate changing areas men/woman (men's are group change; ladies mainly group change with a few cubicles), lockers are 50 pence refundable.

Spectators are housed upstairs in the large seating areas either side of the pool, which can get very hot especially at the Nationals.

There is also a large members gym, various conference halls and a leisure pool at the centre.

Eating facilities - Very good restaurant/cafe which sells a variety of hot/cold food, ample seating and sky television.

Parking - Ponds Forge has a small car park, which operates on a one in/one out policy at busy periods (i.e. Nationals). For day meets i.e. Rotherham and Sheffield if you use the car park, make sure your ticket is stamped by reception when you leave. Cost for 7 hours around 5 (2008/9). For the Nationals, the Ibis hotel has a deal with the car park which works at around 5 per 24 hours. (Other hotels may have the same deal). Also at 2008 Nationals a deal was struck with a local secure car park for a preferential weekend rate.

Rotherham Metro Long Course Open Championships.

National Short Course Championships.

Sheffield Masters Short Course Championships.