Northwest Micro League is a three Division league aimed at giving young swimmers aged 9-12 their first taste of competitive swimming action in a friendly team-based setting. In 2022 Clitheroe Dolphins won Division C and we will compete in Division B in 2023.

To be eligible for selection swimmers need to be aged 12 or under on 26th Nov 2023 (this is the day of the National Final).

Division B consists of 7 teams : Clitheroe, Burnley Bobcats, Garston, Halton, Leyland Barracudas 'B', Blackburn Centurions, and Chorley Marlins.

Each team race in 4 galas and every team hosts at one gala at their home pool, this year Dolphins will swim in the following galas:

Sun 26th Feb  2pm @ Stonyhurst against Burnley, Chorley & Leyland 'B'

Sat 18th March tbc @ Knowsley Leisure Centre, Liverpool against Garston, Burnley & Chorley

Sun 18th June  1.30pm @ Darwen Leisure Centre against Blackburn, Garston & Burnley

Sun 25th June 2.30pm @ Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes against Halton, Garston & Blackburn

The winners and promoted teams are decided by who has accumulated the most points across all  events. The team to represent Dolphins consists of 4 to 5 boys and 4 to 5 girls in each of the following age bandings:

Aged  9 and under (at the date of the National final in Nov) - all  raced over 25m

Aged 10  (at the date of the National final in Nov) - Butterfly is raced over 25m and all other events raced over 50m

Aged 11 (at the date of the National final in Nov) - all  raced over 50m

Aged 12  (at the date of the National final in Nov) - all  raced over 50m

The coaching team will select the teams for each gala two weeks in advance of each race and selection will be based on the ability & attitude of the swimmer at training. Given the distances involved this year, we will be hiring a coach/bus totake the team to the events at Knowsley and Widnes.

Details of the competition can be found on the Microleague website : Swimming MicroLeague NorthWest (

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