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.
The results from Sundays Gala 3 are now availalbe to download from our 'Results' page. Many thanks to all the helpers, officials, coaches, swimmers and parents who all helped to create one of our best Club Championships in the clubs recent history. A club record of over 85 swimmers competed over a very much re-vamped modern programme, producing 410 personal best times times out of 595 swims. Well dome all!!
6th October 2015
A big well done to August and Septembers swimmers of the month, keep up the hard work.
Junior Swimmer of The Month:
- August - Ellen Sunderland
- September - Abbie Lowe
- August - Andrew Sunderland
- September - Stephen Cox
After a near 2 year search we have finally been lucky enough to be offered an additional 2 hours of training pool time at Tipton Leisure Centre on Monday evenings. The session will run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. As you are all aware Mondays are severely over-crowded and we are in need of structuring like we do on Wednesdays. Tipton is a new centre which houses a 6 lane 25m pool, a quality facility. We will now be providing 11.75 hours of senior pool time. There are more details on our 'Members' page.
1st October 2015
done to all the swimmers who took part in gala 2 last night. Many great
swims and more Worcester County Qualifying times. The results
(times achieved) from last nights gala are now available on our 'Results' page. Please
contact Marc if you require the password. The last Gala of the Championships will be on Sunday October 4th, with a 4:30 p.m. warm up.
27th September 2015
The Learner Championships will be taking place next Saturday at Smethwick Swimming Centre next Saturday (3rd October). The event will start at 3:30 p.m. There will be an entry fee of £3.00 for Adults and £1.00 for children (under 3's free).
27th September 2015
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
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
The team list is now availalbe on our 'Members' page for the first round of the Arena League. We are at Tamworth Snowdome on Saturday 10th October, with a 6 o'clock warm up. The list will also be availalbe on our notice-board at Smethwick. The age-groups involved are 11, 13, 15 and Open.
24th September 2015
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
The first round of the Arena League (Division 3 West) has now been drawn and yet again we have been drawn at Tamworth Snowdome. We are hoping for a much improved league position this year, so can we please keep the evening of Saturday 10th October free. The warm up will commence at 6:00 p.m.
- Blythe Barracudas 'B'
- Warley WASPS
- Stourbridge 'B'
The rest of the draws can be downloaded below.
14th September 2015
Could we all take a minute to fill in the below link and share with as many people as possible, we could win £1000 worth of vouchers for our club. Just select our club and add your email address!
10th September 2015
Could all swimmers from all squads please start to hand their Club Championships forms back ready for processing, it is expected that all swimmers from learner lengths (JSA) through to Open enter/support the Championships. Entry forms can still be downloaded below from a previous post and they are also available from each session.
The warm up for Friday 25th September at West Bromwich Lesiure Centre will commence at 7:00 p.m. Saturday 26th September at West Bromwich Leisure Centre will commence at 6:00 p.m. and the warm up for Sunday 4th October at WEst Bromwich Lesiure Centre will commence at 4:30 p.m.
7th September 2015
The entries have been published on the below link for the Worcester County Development Meet. The meet takes place on Sunday 20th September at Wolverhampton Central Baths. The morning warm up commences at 9:00 a.m.
1st September 2015
The entries for the Boldmere Open Meet on October 16/17/18th are now availalbe on their website. The link is below.
29th August 2015
Our Workshop booked for the 5th September will be taken by Swim Swift Elite. Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck will be returning for a follow up session. The session will include:
- Land based warm up/stretching exercises
- Mental preparation
- Breaststroke technique
- Freestyle technique
- 2.20-3.20 p.m. Land based activities - Dance Studio
- 3.30-4.30 p.m. Breaststroke development - Main pool
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. Freestyle Development - Main pool
The workshop will be open for up to 35 committed swimmers and will be on offer to our Junior Competitive Development through to Senior/Masters swimmers. There will be a cost of £7.50 per swimmer. Swimmers interested in attending please notify Marc, Tim or Gareth asap so places can be allocated.
11th August 2015
The following sessions will be closed during the month of August due to holidays and we're unable to safely provided the required number of teachers per session:
- 8th August (Saturday)
- 15th August (Saturday)
- 17th August (Monday)
- 26th August (Wednesday)
- 31st August (Bank Holiday)
- Friday 14th August (Friday)
- Sunday 16th August - No JSD Squads as normal
- Tuesday 18th August
- Friday 21st August
- Sunday 23rd August
- Tuesday 25th August
- Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday)
11th August 2015
This years Club Championships will be held at West Bromwich Leisure Centre on Friday 25th September, Saturday 26th September (6:00 p.m. warm up) and Sunday 4th October (4:30 p.m. warm up). The Championships will be to the new format, as discussed at the parents meeting on 13th July. The main points being:
- JSD (old learner lengths) will swim 25m of each stroke only.
- 8 & Under will swim 25m plus 100 Individual Medley.
- 9 Years will swim 50's plus 100 Individual Medley and 200 FC.
- 10 Years will swim 50's, 100 & 200 Individual Medley and 200 FC.
- 11's and upwards will swim all events. Age-group trophies will be determined from 50's & 100's only. All other events are separate trophies
- Masters will swim 50's plus 100 Individual Medley, but can opt to swim in the 15 & Over for all other events.
- 15 & Over traditionally swim for club individual trophies in all 100m events.
- All entries will be timed based, working from slowest heat to fastest heat.
- 400 Free and 200 Individual Medley will be swum on Friday 25th September.
11th August 2015
Weeks 5 through to 8 are now available in PDF format on our 'Members' page. They outline the stroke development and content of each of our sessions for the next 4 weeks. Anyone needing the password please contact Marc.
9th August 2015
Congratulations to Eve Salmon-Hodges (Junior) and Joe Hamilton (Senior) for achieving the Swimmer of the Month award for July. Keep up the good work all!
7th August 2015
All entries for the above two open meets have been accepted.
7th August 2015
The attendance registers are now available for July. They can be downloaded from our 'Members' page. The Swimmer of the Month for the Junior and Senior squad will be awarded at tonight's session. Anyone in need of the password for the Members page, please contact Marc. (Registers re-listed)
4th August 2015
As of Wednesday September 2nd, our Coaching Structure at Warley WASPS will change.The club has now grown to such a size that each of our four squad setups need to be specifically programmed and monitored by specific teams of coaches. All of our coaching staff feel that this move our club to the next level and will provide the best levels of development for each and every swimmer throughout the club.
So what are the changes:
- Each Squad will have a 'Coaching Cluster' specifically designated to look after and develop the specified squad. Each 'Cluster' will comprise of a Head Coach and each head coach will have a team of Assistant Coaches.
- Each Head Coach will be responsible for the programming of each session (specific to the clubs overall programme) and will be responsible for the development, progression and movement of swimmers (in conjunction and advise from assistant coaches) and also in-line with a developing 'Club Criteria'.
Junior Skill Aqisition (JSA)
- Head Coach - Jason Pike
- Assistant Coach - Nick Coldrey
- Assistant Coach - Irene Coldrey
- Assistant Coach - Ian Waterhouse
- Head Coach - Roger Soulsby
- Assistant Coach - Ray Evans
- Assistant Coach - Janet Evans
- Assistant Coach - Jason Lowe
- Assistant Coach - Vince Lloyd
- Head Coach - Gareth Comerford
- Assistant Coach - Darren Tambourini
- Assistant Coach - Paul Hammersley
- Assistant Coach - Carole Neale
- Head Coach - Marc Soulsby
- Assistant Head Coach - Tim Beddowes
- Assistant Head Coach - Andy Nicholls
These changes are designed to provide the best possible coaching and development we possibly can, for each and every swimmer we have, and every swimmer who happens to come through our doors, from beginner to master swimmer. There are very few clubs in the Midlands which can offer or provide a quality progressive structure like ours, please feel free to take total advantage!
30th July 2015
The details of Worcester County Development Meet on Sunday 20th September are now available to download below. We are targeting this open meet for our younger swimmers who wish to gain County times. The age-groups are 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. Ages for the competition are as of 20th September (Age on Day). Distances are 50's & 100's, including 100 Individual Medley. Entries need to be back to the club, along with payment by Monday 3rd August, so they can be electronically processed and sent to the promoter.
23rd July 2015
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!
- Warley WASPS 206
- Oldbury 194
- Boldmere 181
- Walsall 181
- Ludlow 136
- Tamworth 115
The results for the Mercian League Round 3 are now availalbe from our 'Results' page.
11th July 2015
We have pencilled in two dates for this years Club Championships. They will be Friday 25th September, Saturday 26th September and Sunday 4th October. The Championships will be held at West Bromwich Leisure Centre and will be used for County Qualifying. Ages are from 8/Under through to Masters.
We will also be sending a team of swimmers down to Gloucester for their annual open meet. This will take place on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October, again this will be used for County/Regional Qualifying.
Saturday 10th October will see the start of the National Arena League, further rounds will take place on Saturday 14th November and Saturday 12th December. ages are 11, 13, 15 & Opens.
29th June 2015
Yet another very tough draw, saw us host our round at Stafford. It was a gala we had to finish 4th or above to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Unfortunately, the teams were too strong for us on the day and we had to settle for 5th place. It was an enjoyable gala, we competed to our best, our starts, turns and finishes were much improved from previous rounds.
- Lichfield 216
- Coalville 201
- Nothampton 'B' 187
- Camp Hill 183
- Warley WASPS 145
- Burntwood 122
This means we will be swimming in Division 3 next year. Preparations are already underway and training starts as of today, to ensure we make a quick return. Our first round gala effectively relegated us, coupled with the next two rounds being very difficult. But we make no excuses and league don't lie.
There are going to be making changes made over the next few months. The coaching structure is going to change, with lead coaches in place throughout club from our JSD group (former learner lengths), Junior Transition, Junior Developemnt and Senior Squads. Each coaching cluster will be responsible for their area of development, ensuring the swimmers, from the age of 8, are brought through our system with the required skills for competing. This is next phase of the clubs development and hopfully will help to develop the 275+ we now have in our Learn to Swim Pathway into quality competitors. In addition to this, we have 8 more coaches/teachers on their Level 1 Coaching course in November, they too will be slotting into areas in which we need to improve.
This is just a minor set-back, sometimes the luck of the draw doesn't go your way. We now look forward to the National Arena League!
Full results are now available from our 'Results' page.
28th June 2015
The details of next years Worcester County Championships are now complete and available to all. There are a few changes to make a note of, they are namely:
- The age of competition will be age as 31st December of that year.
- There will be no 9 year old age-group, the 10/11 ages will be combined together and the 15/16 ages are being split so 15's will be separate, with the age group of 16 & Over being created.
- The Championships will be held on Sunday 24th January for long distance and for the Masters events, these will be held at Redditch.
- All other events will be held on Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st January and Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th February 2016, all at Wolverhampton Central Baths.
- Closing date for entries will Friday 18th December 2015.
The Programme of Events and the 2016 Qualifiying Times are available on our 'Club Information' page. They are in PDF format and are fully downloadable for everyone.
19th June 2015
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.
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.
9th June 2015
We had 13 swimmers competing at the Haden Hill Open Meet the weekend. We had many
more personal bests recorded and we totalled 27 medals: 16 Gold, 7
Silver and 4 Bronze. We had a number of swimmers winning their first open meet medal, lets hope it's the first of many! This was a very enjoyable and well run open meet.
Well done to all swimmers you performed superbly well. We'll done to Joe Hamilton for winning Top Worcester County Swimmer!!
(Joe Hamilton with Haden Hill Chairperson Rob Bowden)
11th May 2015
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 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
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.