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.
Yet again, we were handed a tough gala (are there any easy galas in the Arena League?) and again we were struggling with team numbers before the day of the gala, let alone on the day itself. We did have the bonus of two of swimmers traveling down from Bradford University specifically to compete for us, but on the day we were some 16 swimmers short of a full team.
We had 16 swimmers all asked to swim up an age-group, after our second round encounter the worst was feared before the first event. We also knew that by finishing last in the gala we would finish bottom of the league. As it turned out, our fears were put to rest with some excellent swimming, fast tight takeovers, and a great team spirit, which produced a well and hard earned 4th place, beating Tamworth and ensuring we would not finish bottom. Well done to all!!! The final positions are as follows:
- Wombourne 220
- Burnwood 209
- Fox Hollies 200
- Warley WASPS 177
- Tamworth 175
The full results are now on our 'Results' page, including some observations which swimmers need to work on during training sessions.
As of next year we are in all the leagues we can possibly be in i.e. Ross League, Nuneaton Junior League, National Arena League, Mercian Summer League and Worcester Winter League. As many can appreciate, keeping up with fixtures, producing team lists, chasing swimmers and parents, writing the team sheets, league registrations for each league is a time consuming, but very important job. We are looking to expand upon our team managing team, to help in the smooth running of the galas and helping with some of the gala processes. Interested parties will have the help, support and guidance of Carole and Marc, as can be seen from the list above for two people to manage it is a large work load.
14th December 2014
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.
13th December 2014
Congratulations to Gareth Comerford. He has successfully completed his Level 2 Coaching certificate, adding to our list of qualified teachers and coaches! We now have 6 of our coaches on Level 2 or higher! Well done Gareth.
12th December 2014
12th December 2014
This was the last Junior gala of 2014 and the last junior gala our current 12 year olds would be taking part in before moving into senior competitions. It was touch and go whether we were going to be able to swim in the gala, with a number of swimmers unavailable, no 11's boys and no masters available it was going to be tough. The 10's had to swim their own age and also one up, we had 4 swimmers making their first appearance for the club in the 9's and 10 age groups, so the worst was expected. Each and every swimmer performed above their means and produced a completely unexpected result. The new kit made us look like a team as well as swimming like a team! Well done to all who took part!
1st Redditch 274
2nd= Perry Beeches 233
2nd= Warley WASPS 233
4th Cheadle 220
5th Oldbury 207
6th Haden Hill 145
7th Heath Town 94
The full results are now available from our 'Results' page..
11th December 2014
We will be holding time trials for Worcester County Qualifying before and after the Christmas period. The first of trials will be held week commencing 14th December. They will be held on Sunday 14th, Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Sunday 21st December. All time trials will be held at Aston or West Bromwich, as they are 25m pools. There will also be time trials after the holidays, dates to be confirmed.
6th December 2014
The club will be closed on the following dates:
Last session Saturday 20th December. Re-starting on Monday 5th January 2015. Monday 15th to Saturday 20th December will be small pool fun nights.
Last session Monday 22nd December. Restarting on Friday 2nd January 2015
There will hopefully be a session on Sunday 28th January at West Bromwich for the competitive squads.
6th December 2014
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 meeting
will encompass the next training cycle, forthcoming competitions, a proposed parents evening setup and a
question and answer session.
5th December 2014
The registers for all squads are now available to for download on our 'Members' page. Swimmer of the Month for November will be awarded shortly.
1st December 2014
We are pleased to announce that we have now been accepted into the Worcester Winter League. This was the only league we were not affiliated to, but as of 2015 we will be competing in the league. This will help us to provided much needed competition for our older age-groupers as they pass from junior to senior competitions, this is an important local league and as past winners (1975-1982) it was important, as and when ready, we re-enter.
Our growth as a club over the past four years has seen us progress from just the Nuneaton Junior League, to us entering into a further 4 leagues. This shows the huge progress and the massive amount of work and building undertaken over the years. Our current crop of 10 year olds is the start of our re-building process. There are many years ahead of building, sweat and hard work to come, both behind the scenes and in the pool. It was always our intention and is still our intention to provide competitive swimming for all of our swimmers, and ensure, all of our swimmers have the opportunity to compete, we are all part of the same team.
We have invested in our infra-structure, 5 years ago we had two coaches, we now have eleven. We had 5 teachers, we now have 17, all evidence of us taking the sport seriously and investing in the future. This is an ongoing process, it will never and should never stop. We have started from the bottom, but week by week we improve, what ever the level we can now provide!
Round 1 of the Worcester Winter League has been published. We are at Droitwich Leisure Centre. The draw comprises of:
Full draw and league rules can be downloaded here:
30th November 2014
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)
30th November 2014
Weeks 13 and 14 are now available to look at on our 'Members' page. A copy will also be shortly available on the clubs notice-bard at Smethwick Swimming Centre. Anyone needing the password, please contact Marc.
30th November 2014
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
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
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:
Mobile Phone: 07714 014 062
24th November 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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!
- Pershore 229
- Orion 225
- Droitwich Dolphins 181
- Camp Hill Ed 176
- Burntwood 142
- Warley WASPS 90
The full results are now available on our 'Results' page.
9th November 2014
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.
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:
Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:
More contact details can be found on our 'Contact Us' page.
4th November 2014
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:
3rd November 2014
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
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
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
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
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.
- Pershore 262
- Wombourne 219
- Burntwood 188
- Warley WASPS 166
- Blythe Barracudas 148
12th October 2014
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
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
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!!
- Pershore 348
- Stourbridge 324
- Blythe Barracudas 278
- Swadlincote Dolphins 239
- Warley WASPS 193
- Haden Hill 178
- Bromsgrove 147
27th September 2014
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
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
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
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:
5th August 2014
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
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
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
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. All swimmers should watch the below video....and learn!
05 January 2014
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'.
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.