Junior League (sometimes known as Diddy League)

This is often the first time swimmers experience competitive swimming, but not always.

The focus on these Team based competitions is FUN.  They are an introduction to competitive swimming, teamwork and generally enjoying the sport of swimming.  If swimmers have the option of travelling on the Team bus then that’s all part of the fun, and the build up to the event.

Although it is nice to win, winning is not the focus.  Points are awarded to the teams so if your swimmer or Team finish first in a six lane event you score 6 points, second 5 points, third 4 points, etc.  Parents, whether you like it or not, I know from experience that you will be watching and writing down all the Team scores to try and predict the results. It’s addictive, it’s fun, it’s loud and the kids love it!

There are generally 3 or 4 heats that the Team participates in and then a final for the top 6 scoring teams.

The league has divisions and teams can move up or down through the divisions depending upon where they finish in the league.

In this level of competition individual swim times are not recorded so these do not count towards personal best times, although they do give coaches an indication on how swimmers could perform at a licenced meet.

2020 Season – Division 3

Gala One 19th January – Louisa Centre, Stanley 9:00am – 11:30am


  1. Eston
  2. Consett
  3. Thornaby
  4. Hetton
  5. Durham
  6. Derwentside
Gala Two 29th February – Tynemouth Leisure Centre, Tynemouth

Division 3 are not competing in this Gala

Gala Three 30th May – Tynemouth Leisure Centre, Tynemouth 11:00am – 1:30pm


  1. Derwentside
  2. Eston
  3. Thornaby
  4. Durham
  5. Consett
  6. Hetton
Gala Four 12th July – Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough  9:00am – 11:30am


  1. Durham
  2. Hetton
  3. Consett
  4. Derwentside
  5. Eston
  6. Thornaby
Final – 6th September – Haven Point, South Shields Time TBA

For more information please see me at the pool, or send me an email

Emily Thornton, Junior League Coordinator