If asked to swim for the club, do so with pride and commitment. Swimming as part of a team is as rewarding if not more rewarding than swimming in an open meet for yourself. To be offered a team place is an honour, we are a club and every swim counts.
It may not seem important or necessary to parents to have to travel miles to a team gala for maybe only one swim in one event, but just to swim 50m in a relay team for example is very important to your club, it is a team effort and if one person isn't available to swim, it can affect the whole team.
Depending on the location of a league gala, the club may arrange for coach transport for the team. A match fee contribution of £10 per swimmer is required from all team participants (whether or not they travel on the coach). Travelling on the coach is a great way for the team to bond (not to mention that it ensures everyone arrives on time!) and there is usually a quick stop at for a pizza on the way home.