"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: 30th November 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:    


Team List Arena Final - 12th December 2015

The team list for the Arena League Final will be availalbe shortly. Please keep the date free if you are expecting to swim. A coach may be supplied for swimmers.

30th November 2015

Club Championships Results 2015 Uploaded

The final results and positions of swimmers for this years Club Championships can now be downloaded from our 'Results' page. Well done to all the 80+ swimmers who swam in the age-group Championships and to the 120+ who swam in the Learner Championships. Last nights Presentation Evening was a great success, many thanks to all the helpers, parents and swimmers for making it so!

29th November 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

Arena League Round 3 Draw & Venues

The final round of the Arena League has been drawn and released. We are currently in second place to Cheltenham by 9 gala points. The final will take place on Saturday 12th December at Stafford Leisure Centre, ST16 3TA, 6 o'clock warm up. Swimmers will be provided with club hats for the final, club T-shirts need to be worn on the night, these are available from our Club Shop.

Final Round:

  • Cheltenham
  • Warley WASPS
  • Swadlincote
  • Tewksbury
  • Droitwich
  • Wombourne 

Full Draw and Legue Table can be downloaded below:

Division 3 West draw & Venues 

Division 3 West Round 2 Results & League Table 

The full West Midland Arena League draws and results can be found on the below link:

National Arena League - West Midlands 

26th November 2015

Presentation Evening Photographer

The club photographer will be there on Saturday to take pictures of all the swimmers, with or with trophies and medals etc... There will also be a free photo-booth available for all to use throughout the night.

26th November 2015

 ASA Level 1 Coaches Course

Sunday 22nd sees 8 of our staff start their Level 1 Coaching Course. This will see an increase of qualified coaches rise from 11 to 17 to help inprove our Junior Skill Acqisition squad through to our Senior Performance squad. Good luck to all!

21st November 2015

Newly Qualified ASA Level 1 Teachers

Congratulations to Michelle Lowe, Marie Tudgay and Emma Beddowes for passing their recent Level 1 Teachers Course at the Summerhill School.

21st November 2015

National Arena League Final - 2015

As most of us are now aware, we have made this years Arena League Final. As yet we are unsure of the venue, but preparations are now underway. All swimmers will be receiving a Warley WASPS Final hat for the day. We would like to ensure that all swimmers also wear a 'Club' T-Shirt. Anyone not owning a club T-Shirt can obtain one from our front desk.

20th November 2015
Workshop 5th December - Smethwick

There will be a workshop on Saturday 5th December. The workshop on November 21st has been cancelled and has been re-organised for the above date. As we have now made the Arena League final, we would like all the team to attend to practice takeovers and turns as teams. The mid lane will continue to be used for Stage and Start Awards. The workshop will run from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Smethwick Swimming Centre.

20th November 2015 
Presentation Evening Tickets on Sale - Sat 28th November

The tickets for this years presentation evening are now on sale. Ticket prices will be: £ 5.00 Adult, £3.00 Child, £15.00 Family ticket (upto 2 adults and 3 children). Tickets are on sale from our front desk on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays. The venue will be the function room at Chilli Buffet (next to Toys 'R' Us).The evening is open to all members, friends and family.


17th 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

Pantomime Aladdin - January

Could all moneys owing please be paid in by Monday 2nd December, as this has to sent off to pay the theatre. Many thanks.

 15th November 2015

National Arena League Round 2 Results

Tonight, our senior team took to the pool at Droitwich Spa. This round was going to be much tougher than the first round as a) there were 6 teams competing (5 at the first round) and b) we were up against top of the league and other teams by or around us. For the first time in a long time, we were able to field a more or less full strength team and in doing so, produced a performance to suit. Our first round performance was pretty much amazing, but his was a performance above.

Everything about the gala felt right, the atmosphere on the poolside between the swimmers was awesome, the atmosphere from the parents was awesome, it was comparable to being at a junior league gala.

We did swap a number of swims around and try various combinations in the relays, all of which worked out and produced a performance to be proud of. Not only have we now won 3 senior galas on the bounce, we have now made the National Arena League final, an achievement we would have to look back to the mid 1980's, albeit Division 3 and not Division 1. This is a result and performance everyone within the club can be proud of and yet again, we have proved that we are a club that is definitely on the up.

Final Results:

  1. Warley WASPS      241
  2. Droitwich Dolphins    195
  3. Swadlincote      178
  4. Stourbridge 'B'      176
  5. Fox Hollies      139
  6. Burnwood      112

Full results are now available from our 'Results' page.

 14th November 2015

Fun Session Lifeguard Championships - West Bromwich

West Bromwich Leisure Centre are hosting their first lifeguard championships. Part of that involves management of a pool incident.

West Bromwich management would like our swimmers to be extra bodies in the incident. They need around 20-30 people. Swimmers parents are all welcome to join in also.The session is a 'Fun' Session, with floats etc...and is FREE!

14th November 2015  

November 2015 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.

14th 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
Tipton Leisure Centre - Senior Restructure

Tipton Leisure Centre have informed us that we are able to move to Tipton on Monday 16th November. The session will start at 7:30 and will fininsh at 9:30 p.m. All swimmers who are required to move to Tipton will be notified in due course.

5th 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

Worcester County Swimming Association

Dear Club Secretary/Chairman

This is to remind you that the AGM of Worcester County Swimming Association will be held on Tuesday 1st December 2015. Any notices of motions that clubs would like to put forward to the meeting need to be with me by 31st October for inclusion in the agenda.

Also, it is with some concern that the Management Board will be without a Secretary and a Treasurer following the AGM, when both myself and Jane Campbell will be stepping down from our roles. There is also a vacancy for a Management Board Chairman and a MB member, Masters Secretary, and Disability Liaison officer. Clubs are encouraged to become more involved with County and I would be more than happy to receive nominations for any of the positions. Nominations should include the nominees name (and permission), club, and the names of the proposer and seconder. I have attached descriptions of the roles which I am asking you to circulate to all your members. The roles are far less onerous than the equivalent roles in the clubs and a full hand over will be done, so possibly an outgoing Treasurer or secretary would consider taking on these county positions. It is unclear at the moment as how the County can continue without filling these key roles.

Many thanks for your support with this

Louise van Vuren
Hon Sec WCSA

27th October 2015

Presentation Evening Tickets on Sale - Sat 28th November

The tickets for this years presentation evening are now on sale. Ticket prices will be: £ 5.00 Adult, £3.00 Child, £15.00 Family ticket (upto 2 adults and 3 children). Tickets are on sale from our front desk on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays. The venue will be the function room at Chilli Buffet (next to Toys 'R' Us).The evening is open to all members, friends and family.

20th October 2015

Weekends Open Meet Reports

Boldmere Open Meet

Day 1 of the Boldmere Open. Well done to Nate and Josh in the start of the boldmere open. Silver medal for Josh in the 400 free. Bronze for Nate in the 400IM. Both good pbs.

Day 2 of the Boldmere open. Lots more pbs. 3 medals. Well done to Jessie - leigh for winning a silver in the 100m breast and bronze in the 200m breast. Also well done to Luke Huckfield for winning a silver in the 50m freestyle. 

Day 3 of the Boldmere Open. Another successful day with some good swims, pbs and county times achieved. Josh W managed to get a silver medal in his 50 back. Then 4 boys managed to reach the 100m freestyle finals, with Luke Huckfield managing to gain the silver medal in his age group. This Open had some very strong competition. So well done to all swimmers. Thanks to all the coaches, officials, poolside helpers and parents. Everyone helped to make this a successful event for the WASPS.

 Gloucester Open Meet

 Well done to our 3 swimmers at the Gloucester Open this week end. All produced P.B times, well done to Joe Hamilton, gaining Regional times in his 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle, plus a total of 6 swims with 6 P.B's. Well done to Dominic Soulsby achieving 3 P.B's out of 4 swims. Well done to Adam Horton who gained a number of P.B's, including 54.74 in the 100 Freestyle, achieving a Regional time in the 1500m Freestyle, giving him a clean sweep of 17 Regional Qualifying times, and for gaining top boy competitor for the 16/Over age-group.

Overall a very successful weekend of swimming!

19th October 2015

Workshop Dates

We will be holding a number of starts, turns, diving certificates (where necessary), and takeover workshops throughout the year. These will be held on a Saturday at Smethwick Swimming Centre from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and are open to all swimmers from Junior Transition to Seniors and Masters. The sessions are at no additional cost.

Saturday 31st October
Saturday 21st November 

15th October 2015

Arena League Round 1 Results - Sat 10th October

There is no such thing as an easy round when it comes to the 'National Arena League'. All teams in this league are established senior teams and they are there to do the best they can with what is available. We are one of these teams. This gala was proving to be a nightmare to organise. Swimmers unavailability meant a lot of swapping around and reorganising the team sheet, a lot of stress before the gala, and a lot of stress during the gala.

The first 8 races and we were still making changes to the team sheet on poolside (which ulimately cost us 3 points in having to make a declaration about a swimmer accidentally been swum in 2 races above age). This looked liked it was going to be a total disaster, from start to finish, an expected 2nd/3rd targeted place was looking unlikely. Swimmers having to swim up from 13's to 15's, not one age-group, but two. Not in just relays, but also in individuals. It was a surprise that by event 10 we were in front by 3 points, between 4 teams. It was worrying that with all the added pressure and the volume of swims each swimmer were facing that fatigue was going to be huge factor and ultimately our downfall. 

By event 25, we were now 21 points clear of our nearest rivals, again, fatigue was surely going to play a huge part in the final stages of the gala, but no, results kept coming, firsts, seconds and the odd third. Going into the final batch of relays we were some 28 points clear of the second placed team, and the results continued to come, 1sts, 2nds, 3rds. This proved to be one our greatest results in recent history. Why?

Firstly, we had 12 swimmers unavailable, making tough decisions on team selection and giving swimmers races in higher age-groups and off stroke normally proves to be too much, especially over 100m swims.

Secondly, the volume of swims our 13 years old boys, 13 and 15 year girls had to endure was pretty formidable.

Thirdly, making changes as a gala progresses is not ideal, it very nearly cost us a lot of points.

Taking into consideration the above, there are many teams in the league who would have succumed to the pressure and fatigue. Our swimmers continued to swim to their near best, didn't give up, and fought through their hardship. I was asked Monday 'Why do we swim 20 x 100, what is the purpose?', last night you answered your own question. The ability to swim under intense pressure, the ability to recover quickly and swim again with very little loss of performance and to have the mental capacity to cope with the pain and pressure of swimming fast. The fitter you are the more stresses you can deal with under this kind of pressure. Last night proved that our Mercian League win was not a fluke, last night proved that hard work pays off. Every swimmer was a huge credit to the club, they all deserve the result and everyone took part in the start of a new journey!

Final Results:

  1.  Warley WASPS 235
  2. Wombourne 211
  3. Stourbridge 'B' 198
  4. Blythe Barracudas 'B' 190
  5. Tamworth 138

Full results are now available on our 'Results' page.

11th October 2015

Presentation Evening - Sat 28th November

The tickets for this years presentation evening will shortly be going on sale. Ticket prices will be: £ 5.00 Adult, £3.00 Child, £15.00 Family ticket (upto 2 adults and 3 children). Tickets will be on sale from our front desk. The venue will be the function room at Chilli Buffet (next to Toys 'R' Us).The evening is open to all members, friends and family.

10th October 2015

2015 Presentation Evening

This years Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday 28th November 2015. The venue will be the function room at Chilli Buffet next to Toys 'R' Us, Junction 2 off the M5. Details on ticket prices and start times will be posted shortly.

26th September 2015

Club Championships 2015 - Gala 1 Results

Well done to all the swimmers who took part in gala 1 tonight. The two toughest events, 400 FC and 200 IM, are now out of the way. Many great swims and a number of Worcester County Qualifying times. The results from tonights gala are now available on our 'Results' page. Please contact Marc if you require the password.

Please note, there with be a door fee at tomorrows Gala 2 at West Bromwich. It will be £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children.

25th September 2015

Worcester County Development Meet 2015 Results

This has proved to be one our most successful County Championships for decades. We exceeded all expectations and totalled a huge medal haul of 48.

First Places:

  • Jessie-Leigh Jenns (100 BR, 50 & 100 BK)
  • Sydney Tambourini (50 FC)
  • Valentina Liperis (100 IM)
  • Nina Piotrowska (100 BK 100 FLY)
  • Abbie Lowe (50 BR)
  • Rebecca Cartwright (50 BR)
  • Tobias Carey (100 IM 100 BK 50 BK)
  • Dominic Soulsby (100 IM 50 BR 100 BR & Skins winner)
  • Nathanael Manning (50 BR)
  • James Scott (50 FC)
  • Luke Huckfield (50 FC 100 FC)
  • Luke Rowley (100 FC)
  • Emile Lewis-Greaves (100 FC)

Second Places:

  • Valentina Liperis (100 BR 50 FC)
  • Rebecca Cartwright (100 BR)
  • Eve Salmon-Hodges (50 FC 100 FC 100 BK)
  • Daisy Ingram (50 FLY)
  • Sydney Tambourini (50 FLY)
  • Abbie Lowe (100 FC 100 FLY 100 BK)
  • Nina Piotrowska (50 BR)
  • Nathanael Manning (100 FLY 100 BR 50 BK)
  • Joshua Walmsley (50 FC)
  • Jadyn Manning (100 IM)
  • Dominic Soulsby (50 FLY)
  • Luke Huckfield (50 BK)
  • Tobias Carey (100 FC)

Third Places:

  • Nina Piotrowska (100 BR)
  • Jessie-Leigh Jenns (50 FLY)
  • Nathanael Manning (100 IM)
  • Jadyn Manning (50 FC)
  • Emile Lewis-Greaves (50 FC)
  • Tobias Carey (50 FLY)
  • Valentina Liperis (100 FLY)

In addition we had 2 boys in the skins final (including the winner and 5th place) and 3 girls in skins final (8th, 5th and 3rd places). The number of p.b's have yet to be confirmed but all swimmers took their entry times to pieces. All 36 swimmers did the club, but more importantly, themselves proud! Well done Warley...the corner has been turned!!!

21st September 2015 

Mercian League Round 3 Results - Sat 11th July

This was a gala in which we knew we could, if we performed well, and if we had a full team, we could potentially do well. This was a gala that carried a trophy for the winners. With nine swimmers unavailable, only one 12 year old boy, only one 14 year old boy and only two open girls, life looked grim! At 6:30 p.m. on the poolside at Tamworth, we were still making some adjustments to the team sheet.

What followed took everyone by surprise, the past two rounds saw us finish last or 5th in the opening relays, this did not happen, 1st's, 2nd's, 3rd's and 4th's were achieved. Then came the individuals, the first two rounds we struggled to make 4th's, again, 1st's, 2nd's, 3rd's and 4th's (only 2 5th's and no 6th places recorded). This continued up to event 21, where we were 19 points clear of the second placed team, Walsall. With swimmers, swimming up age-groups it was becoming worrying that they were going to be over-swum and that fatigue would set in, a few disqualifications and a none swim looked like it could ruin an unexpected performance/result...the swimmers kept performing, kept producing high positions and kept us in with a chance of a win.

The final batch of relays were going to be key in the final result, had we the strength and energy to carry on performing or had we run out at the final hurdle!?! Absolutely not, the results kept going our way, we fought hard til the end. For the first time in ten years Warley WASPS had won a 'senior gala', and a trophy to go with it!

Well done to all tonight who took part, in what is hopefully, the turning point of the clubs fortunes. The dedication and determination of the swimmers were next to none tonight, all performed above and beyond expectation, all showed great team spirit and sportsmanship, the atmosphere was one of the best known, and all this resulted in a hard earned win, against all the odds. You have done your coaches, parents and club proud. This was a real team performance!

Final Results:

  1. Warley WASPS 206
  2. Oldbury 194
  3. Boldmere 181
  4. Walsall 181
  5. Ludlow 136
  6. Tamworth 115

The results for the Mercian League Round 3 are now availalbe from our 'Results' page.

11th July 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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