"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: 26th April 2015

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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:    

 

Mercian League Round 1 Results - Sat 25th April

As expected, this was a very difficult gala. With four of the teams competing in Division 1 and one team competing in Division 2 of the National Arena League, we knew we were up against some very good teams. Overall, we did perform very well and the difference between us and forth place was only 20 points. Our takeovers and starts had improved, which resulted in no disqualifications, the atmosphere on the poolside was great, we all supported each other, we had some great swims and overall, the gala was an enjoyable one. Lets hope the next round is a little kinder! Many thanks to the WASPS staff for hosting a smooth running gala.

Final Results:

  1. Redditch 226
  2. Bilston 201
  3. Coventry 189
  4. Northgate 155
  5. Nuneaton 145
  6. Warley WASPS 135 

The full results are now available from our 'Results' page. Personal Bests will be added shortly.

 26th April 2015

Nuneaton Junior League Round 2 - Sat 9th May

The next round of the junior league will be held on Saturday 9th May at Leamington Spa, Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre. The team list is now available on our 'Members' page. Please note, that this is a very important gala for our junior team, we want and need to avoid all the mishaps of the last round. We have every chance of avoiding relegation, but this means full teams for both of the last two rounds and full commitment to training.

 25th April 2015

Worcester Winter League - Round 3 Results Available

The last round of the Winter League proved to be as tough as the first round of the league. Again, we were a few swimmers short in particular age-groups. We must give a mention to Daniel Johnson, who swam in the Midland Regional 1500m at 9:00am at Coventry, finished in third place, then travelled to Droitwich, straight onto the block and swam 100 Butterfly.

The swimmers performed admirably well considering the disappointment of the previous day. Full results are now available available.

Final Results:

1st Pershore 204
2nd Oldbury 198
3rd Haden Hill 146
4th Warley WASPS 127
5th Evesham 118

24th April 2015

Nuneaton Junior League - Round 2 Draw - 9th May

The draw has been made for round two of the Junior League. As it stands, we have a very tough round. We need to ensure we have a full team for this round, we need to avoid last place. Full draw is as follows:

  • Market Harborough
  • Northgate
  • Solihull 
  • Camp Hill
  • Fox Hollies
  • Warley WASPS

24th April 2015

Midland Regional Championships - Coventry

Sunday saw two of our members swim in the long distance Championships of the Midland Region. Both swimmers swum personal best times, with Kaite-Mae Boden finishing in 4th place in her age-group for the 800m Freestyle and Daniel Johnson finishing in 3rd place in his for the 1500m Freestyle.

20th April 2015

Worcester Winter League - Round 3 Results

The last round of the Winter League proved to be as tough as the first round of the league. Again, we were a few swimmers short in particular age-groups. We must give a mention to Daniel Johnson, who swam in the Midland Regional 1500m at 9:00am at Coventry, finished in third place, then travelled to Droitwich, straight onto the block and swam 100 Butterfly.

The swimmers performed admirably well considering the disappointment of the previous day. Full results will shortly be available.

Final Results:

 1st Pershore 204
2nd Oldbury 198
3rd Haden Hill 146
4th Warley WASPS 127
5th Evesham 118

20th April 2015

Nuneaton Junior League - Round 1 Results

This was a gala we were expecting to do well in. Unfortunately, before the day, we had 7 swimmers unavailable. On the day, we had a further 3 either drop out or just not turn up, causing 11 changes to be made on poolside as the gala progressed, and a number of swimmers being swum in up to 7/8 races. This proved to be a nightmare for the poolside staff and a little unfair to say the least on the rest of the team. Without doubt, the swimmers did give their best in a very difficult situation.
We are now looking at a fight against relegation. There are still two rounds left, with a full team, a fit team and a prepared team, we have every chance of avoiding relegation. As of Monday, it will be back to basics, starts, turns, sprints, takeovers, commitment to training and a lot of hard work. It is not much time, but we can do it!

Final Results:

1st Northgate 263
2nd Coalville 186
3rd Lichfield 169
4th Wellington A 161
5th Haden Hill 151
6th Warley WASPS 114

Results are now available from the 'Results' page (P.B's to follow).

20th April 2015

Friday and Sunday Sessions - West Bromwich

Unfortunately, West Bromwich Leisure Centre are holding this years Swimathon over this coming weekend, so our sessions will be effected by this event. The centre organisers have stated that if any of our swimmers wish to swim in the Swimathon, they may do so at no cost, but a small donation to the charity would be much appreciated. This effects the Junior/Senior Friday swimmers and the Transition/Junior/Senior Sunday swimmers as well as the Junior Skill Development swimmers who use the small pool. There will be no training on these two days. Saturdays session at Smethwick will not be effected.

16th April 2015

Mercian Summer League Round 1 - Sat 25th April

The team list is now available to download from our 'Members' page. The gala will take place at Leamington Spa, Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, CV32 4EW. There will be a coach available to take swimmers and parents. Anyone needing the pages password, please contact Marc.

13th April 2015

Boldmere Water Carnival - July 4th & 5th

We will be entering the Boldmere Water Carnival this year, as a team. The ages are from 9 through to Open. All the details can be downloaded below. Because these Open Meets fill up very quickly, we would ask that the forms are handed in, along with the entry fee, asap to avoid any disappointment.

 Programme of Events

Qualifying Times 

Entry Form 

11th April 2015

Mercian League Round 1 - Leamington Spa

The first round of the Mercian League will be held on Saturday 25th April at Leamington Spa Leisure Centre. There is a strong possibility we will be hiring a coach for the gala for swimmers and parents. The team list will be available shortly, with the age-groups being: 10, 12, 14, OPEN.

11th April 2015

Coaching Course - Level 1 

We will be running a Level 1 Coaching Course at West Bromwich Leisure Centre. The course will/would run over 4 Sundays throughout November/December 2015. Anyone wishing to add their name to the list should contact Marc, Ray or Paula. Candidates have to be 15 years as of starting the course, but must 16 years of age upon completion. No prior coaching experience is necessary, although teaching experience would be advantageous. All the details can be found in the below link.

Level 1 Coaching Criteria

7th April 2015 

April 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:

timbeddowes@warleywasps.net

Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:

marcsoulsby@warleywasps.net

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

7th April 2015 

Future Pool Hire Increases for 2016 & 2017

After a meeting with SLT (Sandwell Leisure Trust) management this evening, it was established that SLT will not be able to budge from their 10% increase on pool hire charges. It was also suggested that the same increase will apply in April 2016 and quite possibly in April 2017. We are in the process of looking at ways in which to cover any further increase in costs.

30th March 2015

PGL Ross League Results - Saturday 28th March

Well done to all those who competed in this league last night. This was a first competitive experience for a number of our swimmers who represented our team and all swam well and to their best ability.

We had a number of illnesses both before and during the gala, due to a sickness bug is going around the club. We also had 4 swimmers who did not attend and didn't notify us of their unavailability. This caused a number of problems with 19 changes to the team sheet having to be done on poolside. Apart from these setbacks the team performed well, with many swimmers doubling up on swims and producing some quality performances. Well done all!

The Final Results (full results NOW available 'Results' page):

 

  1. Wyre Forest      167
  2. Evesham          141
  3. Haden Hill        134
  4. Warley BEES   122

30th March 2015

Worcester Winter League Round 3 Team List Available

The team list for the final round of the Winter League is now available on our 'Members' page. The round will take place on Sunday 19th April at Droitwich Leisure Centre, WR9 0RZ, the warm up will take place at 11:00 a.m. and gala will start at 11:30 a.m. Anyone requiring the password, please feel free to contact Marc.

30th March 2015

Nuneaton Junior League Round 1 Team List

The team list for our Round 1 gala is now available to download from our 'Members' page. The round will be held at Stafford Leisure Centre, ST16 3TA, with a 6:00 p.m. warm up. This is a gala we need to compete well in, we need to ensure we stay in Division 2 again this year and continue to build.

26th March 2015

2015 Learner and Squad Fee Increases

Unfortunately it is that time of year again where our pool providers inform us of pool hire increases. This year, we have been informed that Sandwell Leisure Trust will be increasing their pool hire charges by a staggering 10%, the current inflation rate is 0.3%. We asked questions as to why it is so high, but local council have approved the increases which has left us in a position where we must increase our fees to pay for the hire increase. We have increased the fees as little as possible. The 'New' fees will take effect from the 1st of May. The standard 10% and maximum family payment remains the same.

Session

Current

Increase

New

Learn to Swim 1 session

£18.00

£1.00

£19.00

Learn to Swim 2 sessions

£23.00

£1.50

£24.50

Junior Transition

£25.00

£1.50

£26.50

Junior Development

£28.00

£2.00

£30.00

Senior Transition

£31.00

£2.00

£33.00

Senior Development

£36.00

£2.00

£38.00

Masters

£22.00

£1.50

£23.50

Even with these increases, we still remain one of the cheapest and best value (if not the cheapest) clubs in Worcester County. All of our Learn to Swim sessions have fully qualified staff (Level 1 & 2), with a minimum of two per section. We have 12 coaches available on our Competitive Pathway ranging from Level 1 to Level 3, with experience ranging from Club through to International standards. Our Seniors have 7 available sessions per week, providing 11.5 hours of pool time (we are looking for more due to expansion, and may increase our morning sessions) every week. We are an improving club, we are a growing club and we provide a quality service, and will continue to do so. We would like to thank all of our members for your understanding!

20th March 2015

2015 Worcester County Championships

Where do we start with years Worcester County Championships? First and foremost, the swimmers have been through some pretty intense training, on all distances, on all strokes. This was to ensure all swimmers were prepared on all strokes and distances as qualifying was still being achieved into the first few weeks of the Cycle.

This years Championships were the best set of results Warley WASPS have achieved for many years. It has taken 5 years of building, from a few swimmers entering just 50m events, through to this year, qualifying on multi-strokes at multi-distances up to the 400m events.

The Championships have produced some huge personal bests (and some small personal bests - but personal bests all the same), they have produced a number of Regional Qualifying times, a number of Age-Group Champions, a Junior County Champion, Silver medalist Senior Championship, and County Championship Finalists. Our medal haul for the past two weeks of competition is 25, we also have next weeks long distance Championships to go where we could pick up more.

All swimmers have done the club proud, but more importantly, themselves proud!

This is just the beginning, we have turned the corner, and there is more hard work to be done, both in the pool and out of the pool. We have more open meets to look forward to and all the leagues. Keep up the hard work Warley, it's paying off!

 16th March 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.
Dates:
Saturday 28th February
Saturday 23rd May
Saturday 5th September
Saturday 3rd October
Saturday 21st November
Others may be added earlier on in the year.

 25th January 2015

Club Memberships for 2015

Unfortunately, we are going to have to increase club membership for next year in line with the increase the ASA are asking for each member. The increase will be an additional £0.50 per member. The new memberships for next year are payable in January and our membership prices are as follows:

ASA 2015 Membership Fees

Category 1 (Club Swimmers & non-competitive) £23.50

Category 2 (County competitions & above) £36.50

2nd Joined members £16.50

Voting Members £16.50

Fees to cover membership from January to December in any one year.

2nd January 2014

Mercian Summer League Round 1 Draw

Round 1 of the Mercian League has been published. We are at Leamington Spa and are the hosting team. The draw comprises of:

Warley WASPS (Hosts)

Redditch

Coventry

Bilston

Northgate

Nuneaton Bedworth

30th November 2014

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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