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Join us as we watch and cheer on the world’s best para swimmers competing in this year’s World Championships at Manchester Aquatics Centre!

Manchester is playing host to the 11th edition of the Para Swimming World Championships, which will take place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre from the 31st of July to 6th of August 2023. Over 600 para swimmers from around 70 nations are set to compete in this year’s events.

We have luckily been given some tickets by the organisers, which we would like to share with Manchester’s families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The tickets are for the finals of the events that will be held on Thursday, 3 August.

This is the third time the World Championships have taken place in the United Kingdom, following London in 2019 and Glasgow in 2015, and it is the last World Championships before the Paralympic Games in Paris, France next year, so let’s come together and cheer our British champions and all the aspiring paralympians competing in the events!

For more information about the event, please visit the official event website at You can also visit this link to download the full schedule of events happening at the World Championships.

Ticket Types:

  • Standard Seating : The ticket provides standard seating for the session specified. You can book this ticket for any family member of a child or young person with SEND living in Manchester.
  • Wheelchair User : This event has a specific wheelchair accessible viewing platform. Seats are unallocated but by purchasing a ticket your space is reserved and the event staff will direct you to the area on approval. Each ticket purchased is entitled to a free companion ticket, which will be seated next to you. You may be asked to show suitable photo ID and proof of your suitability for this ticket at the gate on arrival.
  • Wheelchair User’s Companion : Guests with a disability are entitled to one companion who will be seated next to them. A companion must be over 14 years of age and capable of assisting the guest who has the disability. Please see full T&Cs for acceptable forms of documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Can I choose my seat? Choosing a specific seat is not possible, although all tickets are for allocated numbered seats so you will know exactly where you are sitting. This also means you can ensure that everyone you are attending with can sit together, so long as their tickets have all been booked together. Those who book accessible seating will receive tickets that don’t have a specific seat number on them. However, these tickets will ensure entry to our accessible viewing platform for you and your companion.
  • Do I need to purchase a ticket for my baby? Babies/toddlers under the age of two years who will be seated on an adult’s knee do not need a seat. Please note pushchairs and buggies will not be allowed into the seating areas. A buggy store will be available.
  • Is accessible seating available? Accessible seating is available for spectators in wheelchairs. Those who require assistance are entitled to claim one free ‘companion’ ticket when a full priced ticket is purchased. This is available on both standard and accessible ticket purchases. Please note that you may be required to show ID at entry as proof of eligibility for these tickets. If you have any queries regarding accessibility please contact
  • Can I move around within the venue or change seats on the day? Each ticket is allocated a seat number and the event has now sold out, which means that, unfortunately, you are not able to move to another seat during the event or change your allocated seat.
  • Can I come and go during the day? Yes. Anyone who has booked a day or event pass ticket will be able to leave the venue and gain re-entry if they wish. The venue will be operating a re-entry system (such as a wristband or handstamp). As such, please make sure you check with a steward or member of the ticketing staff before you leave the venue so you can re-enter easily.

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We would like to thank Steve Flynn, the Social Impact Lead for the Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester 2023, for providing us with the tickets for this event.

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