"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: 27th November 2014

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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:    

 

Swimming Teachers Level 2 Course

We have a further 4 of our teachers enrolled on their Level 2 Teaching course, to be held at West Bromwich Leisure Centre. Again, the development of our future swimmers is paramount to future successes and shows the clubs willingness to invest in our staff, thus continuing to provide a quality service. 

27th November 2014

Parents Meeting - Monday 8th December

There will be a parents meeting on Monday 8th December. It will take place in the training room of Smethwick Swimming Centre from 6:30 p.m. The meeting is for all transition, junior and senior parents. The meting will encompass the next training cycle, forthcoming competitions, and a question and answer session.

27th November 2014  

Land Conditioning Sessions - From Wed 26th November

After a number of months without land based conditioning, we are now offering the following sessions in the rear training room at Smethwick. Seniors will have 6:00-6:45 p.m. on Mondays and Juniors will have 6:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All swimmers should report to the rear of the pool for stretching, core body strength and visualisation sessions at the above times. The sessions will commence from tomorrow, Wednesday 26th November.

25th November 2014

Members and Results Page - Password Change

After running with the same password for the past 2 years, it has been decided it is time we changed the password to these to pages on our website. Anyone wishing to obtain the password can either email Marc or text on the following addresses/number:

Email: marcsoulsby@warleywasps.net

Mobile Phone: 07714 014 062

24th November 2014

Mondays Upper Senior, Senior Development Session

The new setup on Monday evenings for our senior session is now running smoothly and has had positive feedback from coaches, parents and swimmers. We will continue to run with this format and route of progression. We will next be looking at improving the structure of Mondays Junior session, so to help produce the best possible pathway for our swimmers.

24th November 2014 

Warley WASPS 126th Presentation Evening

Many thanks to all who attended Saturdays 126th Presentation Evening. The event was well attended with the best part of 400 members, family and friends. This was yet another successful night, with well over 250 trophies and medals handed out to all involved. any thanks to all who helped to arrange, setup and helped out on the night, without your help the event would not happen!

24th November 2014 

Arena League and St Nick Trophy Team Lists

The team lists for the above galas are now available on our 'Members' page. They will also be made available on our notice-board at Smethwick. Anyone needing the password for the 'Members' page, please feel free to ask.

22nd November 2014


Members Page Updated

The 'Members' page has now been updated, including the new 'Session Expectations', the next two weeks of planning for all squads and changes to senior sessions on Mondays.

16th November 2014

Competition Changes

The age-group selections for a number of competitions, will, from 1st January 2015 change. Ages will now be taken as age at the end of the year i.e. age as on 31st December. The Arena League is already in that format, the Nuneaton Junior League has voted to adopt the ruling, we are awaiting the out-comes from the Ross League and the Mercian League for their stance. The new ruling has had an effect on our age-groups, with some swimmers missing out on an entire age-group. As and when we find out what the other propose, the details will posted here.

13th November 2014

National Arena League Round 2 - Results

 This was arguably, the toughest round of the night. With the first, third, sixth, seventh and ninth placed teams in the league we were against the odds. Still, we performed and competed to the best our our ability and we were able to witness what hard work produces. With continued commitment, attendance and graft, the results will start to swing our way. We still have a lot more hard work to do, both in the pool and behind the scenes, but we will get there!

Final Results:

  1. Pershore      229
  2. Orion      225
  3. Droitwich Dolphins   181
  4. Camp Hill Ed   176
  5. Burntwood      142
  6. Warley WASPS      90

The full results are now available on our 'Results' page.

9th November 2014

November 2014 Recruitment - FIRST 2 LESSONS 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 new 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 6 hours for our Junior Development squad and 10 1/2 hours for our Senior Development squad.

For more details please email:

Learn to Swim Programme - Tim Beddowes on:

timbeddowes@warleywasps.net

Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:

marcsoulsby@warleywasps.net

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

4th November 2014

Nuneaton Junior League Round 1 Draw - 2015

The first round has been drawn for Nuneaton and District Junior League. The full draw can be downloaded below in PDF format. We are up against the following teams come April 18th 2015:

Wellington A

Coalville

Northgate

Warley WASPS

Haden Hill

Lichfield

Junior League Round 1 Draw April 2015 

  3rd November 2014

Another Newly Qualified Teacher

We, at Warley WASPS, would like to congratulate Jason Pike on passing his ASA Level 1 Teaching award today. He has spent the past week at the Summerhill School teaching their young swimmers and was passed on his assessment. Another valuable addition to our teaching and coaching team, well done Jason!

31st October 2014

Crystal Open Meet - January 2015

We have heard today that the Wyre Forest Open Meet on 14th December is oversubscribed, so our entries have unfortunately been unsuccessful ! With this in mind we must finalise our club entry for the CRYSTAL OPEN MEET in January 2015.

Please get your entry forms and monies to Paula Manning tomorrow at West Bromwich training, as our entry is going off on this Monday!!!!

Please share this with other club swimmers you are in contact with !!

Refunds for Wyre Forest payments will be sorted soon. Please see Karen at the desk from Monday.

25th October 2014

Club Championships Results

The Personal Bests (P.B's) have now been added to the results on the website. out of 366 swims, there were 324 personal best times swum, which equates to a 90% of all swims being personal bests. Well done to all, an excellent achievement!

24th October 2014

Club Newsletter - October 2014

A newsletter (amended) has been added to the 'Newsletters' page. Anyone requiring the password, please feel free to email or text a member and they will be happy to send you the password. The newsletter is briefly focused on training and the available sessions open to each squad within the clubs competitive structure.

19th October 2014

National Arena League - Round 1 Results

Last night saw our senior team compete in the National Arena League at Wolverhampton. It was always going to be tough gala and with 11 swimmers unavailable, it made our task a little tougher, especially having to swim swimmers up age-groups. There were many tired swimmers by the finish. All swimmers competed well and by the end we finished a creditable 4th place. After round 1 alone we have surpassed the total points we gained last year in the league, so already an improvement, keep training and we will improve further! Well done all!!

The results are available from our 'Results' page.

Final Results:

  1. Pershore 262
  2. Wombourne 219
  3. Burntwood 188
  4. Warley WASPS 166
  5. Blythe Barracudas 148

 12th October 2014

Sunday Arrangements - West Bromwich Leisure Centre

As of this Sunday, 5th October, the JSD and the Junior Transition will have their own pool time, in the small pool. The session will start at 5:00 p.m. and will run until 6:30 p.m. The Junior Development squad and the Senior and Masters will have 3 lanes each in the large pool, starting at the usual time.

4th October 2014

New Open Meet Page

A new page, dedicated to open meets has now been created. This will give information about the competitions we will be entering as a team including ages and level of meet.

30th September 2014 

Profab Trophy Gala Results

The results for tonight's gala are now available from our 'Results' page. Anyone needing the password, please ask. Another tough gala and with only half of the team available, it was always going to be even tougher. A number of our middle-age group swimmers had many swims to compete in, but all performed very well, producing personal best times in very difficult conditions. All swam above and beyond their capabilities and again, a credit to the club. By the finish, we finished in a very creditable 5th position. Well done all!!

Final Results:

  1. Pershore   348
  2. Stourbridge   324
  3. Blythe Barracudas   278
  4. Swadlincote Dolphins   239
  5. Warley WASPS   193
  6. Haden Hill   178
  7. Bromsgrove   147

27th September 2014


Learn To Swim Pathway - Availability of Spaces

Places on our Learn to Swim Pathway programme are almost full. We only have spaces now available at the following times:

  • Monday - 6:20-6:50 p.m. 
  • Wednesday - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 6:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 7:50-8:20 a.m.
  • Saturday - 8:20-8:50 a.m.

We do try and avoid waiting lists, but once these last places are taken, we will have to create a waiting list. Anyone wishing to join our Learn to Swim programme, needs to do so a.s.a.p. We are fast nearing our capacity of 300 in our Learn to Swim programme, once reached a waiting list will be created.

20th September 2014

New Training Cycle - Starts Today

Our new training cycle starts today. this cycle will be focusing on achieving Worcester County Qualifying times and targeted open meets towards the end of the year. These times are the same as last year (laminated sheets are available at every session). The full programme is available on the 'Members' page.

7th September 2014

Sport England Funding - Supporting Satellite Clubs

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in bidding for a large sum of money from the Lottery funded Sport England Small Grants fund. They have agreed to help us support our growth within the West Bromwich area of our training programme. The money will be invested in encouraging participation in swimming from the locality as well as supporting our current setup at West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

7th September 2014 


West Midlands Talent Coach Development Programme

Our Head Coach, Marc, has been selected to attend the above programme, being piloted in the West Midland Region. He, along with 11 other coaches will be attending 6 workshops intended to develop upon coaches current knowledge and to help achieve their swimmers full potential. This will also help to develop the club and further push it forward. A link to the programme is provided below:

Talent Coach Development Programme Prospectus 

5th August 2014

 Junior Skill Development Technique Award

Well done to the swimmers who took part in yesterdays first JSD Technique Award. A special congratulations has to go to Toby Painter and Thomas Holmes for a joint third place, Rhys Jameson for second and Jadyn Manning for his first place. All other entrants received a certificate.

 

21st July 2014

AGM Highlights

The AGM held on Tuesday 8th July passed without any hitches. There were many positives to come out of the meeting:

  • Financially stable
  • Learner section up in members from last year
  • Overall club membership up on last year (by end of July will be 500+)
  • Achieved goal of Division 2 consolidation in Junior League (achieved after 2 rounds)
  • Re-entered the National Arena League
  • Provided competition for all members of squads
  • Established ourselves at West Bromwich Leisure Centre and already looking at expanding
  • Looking to continue development of Swim21 to next level
  • Plus much more


The coaching report can now be downloaded from the 'Members' page.

11th July 2014

Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck Visit - Sat 31st May

Many thanks to the 50+ parents who came to the training camp today. We hope that you all took something away with you to help your young swimmers progress in the world of swimming. We also hope that all swimmers who attended (37 in total), have taken something away to think about. Sometimes, that one small piece of advice or information makes all the difference!

We would also like to thank Amy and Joe for taking the time to come and visit our club, and wish them good luck in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

 

31st May 2014

Rise and Swim - Well Worth Watching!

 The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. All swimmers should watch the below video....and learn!


 

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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