So if it's your first Club Championships at Leicester Sharks, here's everything you need to know. And maybe a few things you don't need to know. And if we've missed out bits you'd really really like to know? Email us.
Over to you Mrs R:
Where will the 7-8 Club Champs be held?
At Enderby leisure centre.
[Editor's note: Mrs R does not waste her words.]
What time should kids arrive for the 7-8 club champs?
The warm up is at 6, start at 6.30. Just go into the changing rooms as normal and get changed as normal.
It's best to put your clothes in a locker to keep safe (or give to mums and dads to look after) rather than take poolside as it can get quite cramped there with lots of swimmers around.
Once changed, make your way on to poolside where a grown up known as a 'Team Manager' in a Leicester Sharks top will be there to show you where to go.
[Editor's note: There is limited seating poolside, so arriving early might be a good plan.]
What should the swimmers wear?
Normal swim kit- sharks hat and goggles. It's good to have your sharks t-shirt (if you have one) to put on between races to keep warm, but it's not a problem if you haven't got one.
[Editor's note: You'll be able to order swim kit at the Club Champs, including the fabulous new Leicester Sharks' Onesies.]
What will happen first?
The warm up is first, so you'll swim a few lengths to get the blood flowing. Your coaches may be there too, so they will suggest what strokes would be good for you to do to get those limbs and joints warmed up! There will also be Team Managers to help.
What about parents/grandparents/ aunties/ uncles/ friends? Where will they go?
Grown ups (and little spectators) should make their way to the entrance to poolside near the spectator area, to buy an entry ticket, programme and raffle tickets (optional). There may well be a queue, so try to get there early.
Then make your way onto poolside and prepare to yell and cheer for your swimmer!
How will the children know which races to swim?
The Team managers will tell them what races they are swimming; there's no need for your child to try and remember every race. The team managers have lists of all the races and who should be swimming.
Swimmers will be told where to go and where to wait for their races, and then when to go up to the blocks ready to start. At all stages there will be adults there, in Leicester Sharks' tops to help, guide, support and smile!
Can the swimmers win anything?
Yes they can! individual awards will be made to the fastest 6 swimmers (medals for 1st, 2nd & 3rd and ribbons for 4th, 5th & 6th) in each age group, for each event.
And presentations will be made as per the announcements on the day of the gala.
Where will they get their medals?
There will be a lovely Committee member called Simon Brown who will have his own table with medals and ribbons to be collected. Listen out on the PA system for top placings!
But even better....
Swimmers in the Development Gala for 7 & 8 Year Olds (i.e. those aged 7yrs and 8yrs on 31st December 2015) will be awarded points for each event entered based on their overall finishing position.
The points will be added together over all four 25m events, and awards will be given for the top 3 in each age group. These awards will be presented at the annual Celebration Evening that will take place in the early part of next year (2016).
How long will the gala last?
Probably a couple of hours if all goes well so plenty of time to pop into McDonald's on the way home for a celebratory Happy Meal!
[Editor's Note: Although, regrettably, you will have missed the England v Wales match in the 2016 Rugby World Cup. Astonishingly bad scheduling on our part.]
Please bear with us if the gala runs over a little.
Can swimmers leave after they've swum all their races?
Swimmers can leave when they have swum all their races, but need to check first to see if they've won a medal or ribbon!
What else should we know?
Just have a fab time! It's about having fun so please don't get too nervous (swimmers and parents!) It doesn't matter if you don't get a medal or ribbon, it really is about the first time your swimmer has ever competed, which is a huge achievement!
[Editor's Note: Thank you very much Mrs R. And good luck and #fastswimming to all competitors!]