"Warley WASPS are committed to excellence and the improvement of our sport. We are committed to providing a safe, open, and positive environment for all our members."

'Officium, studium excitat, et bene valet'

(Commitment, motivation and enthusiasm equals success)


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Site last updated: 10th February 2015




Our website will provide you with all the necessary information about Warley WASPS (Warley Amateur Swimming and Polo Sandwell) Swimming Club, the latest news, fixtures, membership information, photos, also results from club, county, national and open meets of all of our club swimmers.

The club is based at Smethwick Swimming Centre in Sandwell, West Midlands, and has served the local community since 1888, boasting past Olympians, Commonwealth and National champions.

We offer one of the best Learn To Swim Pathways (LTSP) in the locality, working to the ASA's National Teaching Plan for Swimming (NTPS). Our Junior and Senior Development squads are up and coming and our team of 12 coaches have experience from Club to International levels. We are also, the only local club who cater for Masters (general fitness and competitive) swimmers.

We pride ourselves in operating and providing a quality service from learning development through to competitive development ('swim21' Accredited), our club is run as open and honest as possible and we always welcome new ideas in helping the club to move forward (Ideas can be discussed in our 'Forum'). We are a club which was formed in 1888, but we operate in a modern and accommodating way and embrace change in a changing world of sport.

Anybody wishing to join our club, please contact us via an e-mail or by phone, from the 'Contact Us' section of this website - where a member of our teaching/coaching team will contact you as soon as possible.                              

Latest News:    

JSD Time Trial Results - Wednesday 10th February

The results of tonight's time trials held at Smethwick Swimming Centre for the Junior Skill Development group are now available on our 'Results' page. Please feel free to contact a committee member or one of our coaches for the password. Well done to all who took part, over 90% of the attendees were first time swimmers in a race situation. These times will now be used to grade the lanes accordingly.

 10th February 2016

Worcester County Championships Results - Sat 6/7th Feb

Our full results have been collated and a PDF document is now available to download from the 'Results' page. Anyone requiring the password for the page, please contact a committee member or one of our coaches.

This has been a very successful Worcester County Championships for us. There have been many personal best set, some as great as 30 seconds, the attitude of the swimmers on poolside has been amazing, and all coaches involved have agreed it has been enjoyable watching so many of our swimmers improve their personal performances. Well done Warley WASPS, you've done your club proud!

A County Report is NOW available from our 'Members' page. 

 7th February 2016

Arena League Final Results 2015

The final results and league tables have finally been released for the West Midlands League. We have had confirmation that we have been promoted to Division 2 for this forthcoming year. Well done all, yet another positive move in the right direction!

 Division 3 West Final Results and League Table 2015

Division 3 East Final Results and League Table 2015 

Division 2 Final Results and League Table 2015 

Premier Division Final Results and League Table 2015 

 3rd February 2016

Worcester County Championships Results - Sat 30/31st Jan

Our results have been collated and a PDF document is now available to download from the 'Results' page. Anyone requiring the password for the page, please contact a committee member or one of our coaches.

So far this year we have had some remarkable swims, with some amazing personal bests being swum. This forthcoming week will be used as preparation for next weekend, where hopefully, we will continue to improve our times.  

 31st January 2016

Worcester County Championships Results - Sat 30th Jan

The results from the first day of the Worcester County Championships can be found on the link below:

 Championships Results 30th/31st January

31st January 2016 

Worcester Winter League Round 2 - Sat 19th March

Our next round of the Worcester Winter League will be held on Saturday March 19th. We will be swimming at Bromsgrove Dolphin Centre with a 6:00 pm warm up. The teams competing will be:

  •  Warley WASPS
  • Stourbridge 'B' (Hosts)
  • Redditch 'B' 
  • Haden Hill
  • Evesham

 30th January 2016

2016 Worcester County Championships

We would like to wish all of our swimmers competing in this years Worcester County Championships at Wolverhampton. This weekends competition includes the following events:

Saturday 30th Jan 9:00 am Warm Up

  • Mens 50m Butterfly
  • Ladies 100m IM
  • Mens 200m Breaststroke
  • Ladies 400m Freestyle
  • 50m Butterfly & 100 IM Finals

 1:00 pm Warm Up

  • Mens 100m Buterfly
  • Ladies 50m Backstroke
  • Mens 100m Backstroke 
  • Ladies 200m Freestyle 
  • 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke & 100m Butterfly Finals
Sunday 31st Jan 9:00 am Warm Up

  • Ladies 50m Freestyle 
  • Mens 100m Breaststroke
  • Ladies 400m IM
  • Mens 200m Backstroke
  • 50m Freestyle & 100m Breaststroke Finals

 1:00 pm Warm Up

  • Ladies  100m Backstroke
  • Mens 50m Backstroke
  • Ladies 100m Butterfly
  • Mens 200m Freestyle
  • 100m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke & 100m Backstroke Finals 

 29th January 2016

Junior Skill Acquisition to Junior Skill Development

We would like to welcome some 22 swimmers into our 'Competitive Programme'. These swimmers have shown great improvement and potential and have now moved to their next stage of development. Our Learn to Swim Programme is now, regularly producing, young quality swimmers. We look forward to watching them develop into club swimmers and above. Well done and keep up the hard work! 

 28th January 2016

PGL Ross League Round 2 - Draw

Our next round of the PGL Ross League will be held on Saturday 12th March 2016. The gala will take place at the Dolphin Leisure Cente, Bromsgrove. The teams we will be up against are:

  • Redditch
  • Wyre Forest
  • Warley WASPS 'B'
  • Haden Hill (Hosts)
The warm up will start at 6:00 p.m. with he gala starting at 6:30 p.m. The team sheet will be available nearer the date. 

27th January 2016 

PGL Ross League Round 1 - Results Updated

A very big well done to all of our swimmers who swam in the first round of this years PGL Ross League competition. Out of the 40 swimmers on pool side, 16 were complete novice swimmers. Out of 40 individual swims we amassed 35 personal best times (88%). They all performed admirably well and served up a points total which took us 2 rounds to surpass last year. A very well earned second place.

Final Results:

  1. Bromsgrove 157
  2. Warley WASPS 'B' 146
  3. Worcester SC 139
  4. Evesham 118
The final updated results are now available from our 'Results' page.

27th January 2016 

Coventry Long Course Training & Workshops

We have booked Coventry Leisure Centre on the following dates for long course training (Olympic pool).

  • Saturday 19th March 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 23rd April 10:00 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday 18th June 10:00 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday 16th July 10:00 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday 17th September 10:00 - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday 17th December 10:00 - 12:00 pm
 These sessions will be for upper Junior Competitive Development and the Senior swimmers.

For the lower Junior Competitive Development and the Junior Skill Development groups, the usual 'Workshops' will be provided throughout the year, working on starts, turns, takeovers and finishes. The dates of these will follow shortly.  

 25th January 2016

PGL Ross League Round 1 - Results

A very big well done to all of our swimmers who swam in the first round of this years PGL Ross League competition. Out of the 40 swimmers on pool side, 16 were complete novice swimmers. They all performed admirably well and served up a points total which took us 2 rounds to surpass last year. A very well earned second place.

Final Results:

  1.  Bromsgrove 157
  2. Warley WASPS 'B' 146
  3. Worcester SC 139
  4. Evesham 118
The final results are now available from our 'Results' page.

23rd January 2016

Worcester Winter League Round 1 Results

Tonight we competed in our first competition of 2016. Our squad suffered a little from injuries and illness, which effected the team selection. Initially, it looked like we were going struggle, too much time off over Christmas and not enough training available to swim off the Christmas festivities. We persevered, and we kept going and by the end we had a result to be proud of. A hard fought (at times not pretty) and ground out third place. Well done to all tonight, that was deserved! This time last year we were finishing in last place!

Final Results:

  1. Redditch 'A' 204
  2. Pershore 160
  3. Warley WASPS 125
  4. Redditch 'B' 124
  5. Stourbridge 'B' 121
  6. Haden Hill 100 


 Final results can be downloaded from our 'Results' page.

16th January 2016
Haden Hill Open Meet - Sunday April 10th 2016

We will be entering the Haden Hill Open Meet in April as a team. This will be the last opportunity for qualification to the Midland Youth Championships (closing date 13th April) and one of the last opportunities for qualification to the West Midland Age-Group Championships. The entry pack can be downloaded below. Could we please have all entries handed in along with entry fee by Sunday 24th January.

 Haden Hill Open Meet Entry Pack 2016

10th January 2016 

Worcester County Programmes - First 2 Weekends

The programmes for the Worcester County 2016 Championships can be downloaded below. They will not be available on the day from the usual front desk. On the day of the Championships the following will apply:

  •  Only the main door will be open. The back door is not to be used. 
  •  Only the organizers and the Host Clubs will be allowed in at 8am. 
  •  Swimmers hopefully will be allowed into the changing rooms only from 8.15am. They will not be allowed on poolside until 8.30am 
  •  Coaches will be allowed on poolside the same time as the swimmers. 8.30am 
  •  The spectator gallery will be opened at 8.30am when they also will be allowed in.
  •  There is a limit of 224 seats ,so once we are full we will have to refuse entry to parents. If we find some swimmers are not swimming in the 2nd session we may have a few seats available but we wont know until the warm up at 1pm TBC. 
  •  Swimmers/spectators are not allowed to save seats for late arrivals.  

Worcester County 2016 Programme Sessions 1-2

Worcester County 2016 Programme Sessions 3-6

2016 Warm Up Times 

9th January 2016 

Learn To Swim and Squad Training & Membership

All sections of the club will be back to normal as of Monday 4th January 2016.

 Membership Fees will be due when we return to full operations. Membership forms will be available from our front desk and our coaches will also be carrying some spare forms. Our yearly Memberships fees are as follows, this includes ASA fee, Worcester County Affiliation and Midlands Regional Affiliation fee.

Cat 1 - Small pool, non-league swimmers: £24.00

Cat 2 - Squad swimmers, all league competitions: £37.00 

3rd January 2016 

January 2016 Recruitment - FIRST TWO SESSIONS FREE

We are wishing to continue our growth, within the club, anyone knowing of friends, family etc... wishing to learn to swim, or continue their competitive development, please put our club forward and pass on our details.

Learn to Swim Pathway

We are now holding an extensive recruitment drive throughout the whole Borough and into Birmingham. There are now places available for our Wednesday session, 5:00-5:30 p.m., in the large pool at Smethwick. There are still places available on our Saturday, Monday and our other Wednesday sessions.

We take swimmers from the age of '4' upwards and work to the ASA's National Teaching Pathway.

Competitive Development

Our Competitive Development offers 4 hours of training for our Junior Transition squad, up to 7 hours for our Junior Development squad and 11.5 hours for our Senior Development and Masters squads. We are also accomodating towards swimmers from local squads i.e. The Royal Wolverhampton School and City of Birmingham.

For more details please email:

Learn to Swim Programme - Tim Beddowes on:


Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:


More contact details can be found on our 'Contact Us' page.

3rd January 2016 

PGL Ross League Round 1 Team List

The team list for the first round of the PGL Ross League, on Saturday 23rd January is available to download from our 'Members' page. Please contact a committee member or one of our coaches if you require the password.

 31st December 2015

2016 Fixture List Available

The fixture list for 2016 is now available from our 'Fixtures' page. Some of the dates and times are provisional and haven't been booked. We've just reserved the date and a provisional time.

 30th December 2015

Worcester County Swimmer Entries 2016

A full list of our swimmers and entry times are now available to download from our 'Members' page. Anyone requiring the password, please feel free to contact a committee member or one of our coaches.

29th December 2015 

West Midlands Regional Qualifying Times 2016

Next year will see a slight change to the Midland Regional Championships. The East and West have decided to split away from each other, thus creating a West Midland Championships in their own right. These championships will be held at Coventry Olympic Swimming Centre and will continue to use the same format i.e. Youth and Age-Group Championships. The qualifying times can be downloaded below and further details of the Championships can also be downloaded.

2016 West Midland Championships Qualifying Times 

2016 Age-Group Schedule of Events 

2016 Youth Schedule of Events 

 27th December 2015

National Arena League - Promotion!

After a long wait and a number of emails sent to both the West Midlands Secretary and the National Secretary, we are pleased to announce that Warley WASPS will be swimming in League Division 2 next season, having been promoted for being League Division 3 West Runners Up.

This was the first time Warley had reached a Divisional Final since 1982, when we gained promotion from Division 2 to Division 1, again finishing runners up. From a senior point of view, some 33 years have passed since our last final.

Six years ago, we didn't have a senior team, we were only in the Nuneaton Junior League. We have slowly built from a club of around 120 members to now a club of over 560 members, with a learn to swim programme of  300+. We have grown to to such a size, we have taken on pool time as and where we can get it (and still need more), we are in all the local and National leagues:

  • PGL Ross League
  • Nuneaton Junior League
  • Mercian Summer League
  • Worcester Winter League
  • National Arena League
Not only have we grown in size, we have invested heavily in our education programme, teaching and coaching. The club has 14 teachers all Level 1 or Level 2 qualified, and 15 fully qualified coaches, 9 Level 1, 5 Level 2 and 1 Level 3. We are working with the IOS and will be running Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching training next year.

We provide some 11.75 hours of senior pool time, 7.5 hour of Junior Development and 4.5 hours of Skill Acquisition (old Learner Lengths), with a maximum monthly fee of £38 (seniors) and a low yearly Membership of  a maximum £37 (Cat 2 inc ASA fee) per year, we try to keep all costs to a minimum.

 This has been a hugely successful year for the club, and we need to continue this throughout 2016 and beyond. Division 2 will be extremely difficult, but we have earned the right to be there through our performances. The club is progressing at a steady rate thus our training and commitment will progress. We aim to be ensuring more of our swimmers are obtaining County, Regional and National times, thus training will be much tougher with more variation. Let's work towards making 2016 even more successful! 

23rd December 2015 

Worcester Winter League Round 1 Team List

The team list for the first round of the Winter League is now available to download from our 'Members' page. The younger swimmers not making the Winter League team will be selected for the PGL Ross League (team list to follow shortly).

 21st December 2015

Level 1 Coaches and Teacher

Congratulations to the following who have passed their Level 1 Coaching :

  • Jason Lowe
  • Michelle Lowe
  • Chloe Lowe
  • Jason Pike 
  • Darren Tambourini
  • Rebecca Beddowes
  • Emma Beddowes
Also, congratulations to Joe Hamilton who has pass his Level 1 Teachers qualification.

17th December 2015  

PGL Ross League Round 1 Draw - Sat 23rd January 

The first round of the PGL Ross League will be swum on Saturday the 23rd January 2016. The team list will be available shortly. The gala will be hosted by Evesham, the venue will be decided shortly. Full draw is as follows:

  • Evesham
  • Warley WASPS
  • Bromsgrove
  • Worcester
15th December 2015
Arena League Final Results - Saturday 12th December

Well done to all swimmers who took part throughout the 3 rounds of the National Arena League. Overall, a pretty amazing 3 rounds of swimming. Many personal bests, two gala wins resulting in a final place, our first for over 30 years. The last two years in the league has seen us fighting it out to avoid bottom place in Division 3. This season saw 5 years of hard work pay off. The first round was a nightmare on poolside changing the team about, the second round went perfectly well and proved our first round result wasn't through luck.

This final round was going to be close run between us and Cheltenham, but not as close as the final result proved. Subject to league ratification, we should be swimming in Division 2 next season. A superb result and performance from all of our swimmers, well done to all, including helpers, officials and parents. A great end to an excellent year!

Final Results:

  1. Cheltenham 221
  2. Warley WASPS 220
  3. Swadlincote 169
  4. Droitwich Dol 157
  5. Tewksbury 143
  6. Wombourne 132     
Full results are now available on our 'Results' page.

12th December 2015

Worcester Winter League Round 1 Draw

 The first round draw for the Worcester Winter League has been draw, we are at Redditch Abbey Stadium, on Saturday 16th January 2016. The draw is as follows:

  • Redditch A
  • Pershore
  • Redditch B
  • Haden Hill
  • Warley WASPS
  • Stourbridge B 

3rd December 2015

Warley WASPS 1970-1980 Reunion

To all who swam or played water polo between 1970 to 1980 and are interested in the reunion on January 8th Bearwood Corks club 7.30 till late, can you message me Janice stirrup (Braznell) on Facebook or contact Doreen Darby on 01384 345644 as we need to know numbers by Friday 4th December. Cost £6 which include room, music and buffet.

29th November 2015

Worcester County Championships 2016 Info

Please find below the entry details to next years Worcester County Championships. The competition will be held over 3 weekends, Sunday 24th January (long distance at Redditch inc Masters), 30/31st January, 5/6th February 2016. We will be expecting all swimmers who have qualifying times to enter, and we will be holding time trials for swimmers who wish to improve their times at various distances on various strokes. We require all entries in by Monday 12th December.

Worcester County Qualifying Times 2016

Worcester County Entry Form 2016 

Worcester County Programme of Events 2016

 15th November 2015  

Mercian Summer League Round 1 Draw 2016

The draw for the Mercian League has been done tonight. We are swimming at Nuneaton in the first round and the teams competing are:

  • Solihull
  • Orion
  • Leamington
  • Blythe Barracudas
  • Ludlow
  • Warley WASPS

The full draw can be downloaded below as a PDF:

Mercian Summer Round 1 Draw - 30th April 2016 

10th November 2015
Junior League Round 1 Draw

The draw has been made for the first round of the Junior League. As yet, the venues have not been decided. First Round Draw:

  • Warley WASPS
  • Newport
  • Tamworth
  • Perry Beeches
  • Kingsbury Aquarius 'B'

The full league draw can be found on the following link:

Nuneaton Junior League 2016 Round 1 Draw 

5th November 2015 

An Introduction to Competitive Swimming Booklet 2014

  This booklet has been brought up to date and is now available as a PDF file and can be found in the 'Club Information' Tab. All those new and old to the club will find this booklet useful as it outlines the basic requirements of Competitive Swimming. Others also using the website, may also find it of use.

05 January 2014

Swimmers Log Books - Downloadable

 A downloadable version of the 'Swimmers Logbooks' can be downloaded from 'Club Information' tab. It is in 'Word' format, so can be filled in electronically, or printed off and written in. There will also be a PDF version for those without 'Word'.

Nutrition advice for parents and swimmers

It has come to the attention of the club, that many of our swimmers, young and old, are unaware of what to eat before, during and after training, galas and open meets.  It is for this reason that the below advise on 'Nutrition' has been written and placed on the website. Whether you are a parent or a swimmer, it is important that we know what to eat and what to avoid before we swim. We are also considering adding a Nutrition page to our website.

Dos and Don'ts for Training and Competing 

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