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 next round of the Arena League will be held on Saturday 8th November at Wombourne Leisure Centre, WV5 8BJ. Age-groups are 9-11, 13, 15 and Open. The warm up will start at 6:00 p.m. with the gala starting at 6:30 p.m. The team list is now available from our 'Members' page. The teams we are against are as follows:
Camp Hill Edwardians A
22nd 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
The results for this years Club Championships are now available from our 'Results' page. The results, as yet, do not have personal bests highlighted. As can be appreciated there were a large number of swims, so these will be added shortly and updated accordingly.
17th October 2014
Forms need to be handed in and processed for this Open Meet (held on 14th December 2014). If you haven't handed your form in, please do so by the end of the weekend. If you still require a form please see Paula Manning or Marc Soulsby.
17th October 2014
The workshop to be held on Saturday 18th October, will start at 3:30 p.m. and will finish at 5:00 p.m. The focus for the workshop will be starts, turns and relay takeovers. The workshop is open to all swimmers from 'Transition' through to Masters, so all competitive squads are welcome to attend.
14th 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
Forms need to be handed in by Friday at the latest if you wish to enter this open meeting. If you are interested in entering and haven't yet handed in the form please contact Marc Soulsby or Paula Manning ASAP.
8th October 2014
Many thanks to all the parents and swimmers supporting this years Learner Club Championships, this year was very successful with over 140 swimmers entered and a balcony at full capacity. We would also like to thank all the volunteer helpers on poolside and especially Tim and Irene for making the necessary arrangements. We hope to see you all again at the club Presentation Evening on Saturday 22nd November (tickets now available). Well done to all!
6th October 2014
The 'Members' page has now been updated. Weeks 5 and 6 scheme of work has been added. This forthcoming week is Individual Medley week followed by Butterfly focus the week after.
5th 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
This years Presentation Evening will be held at the Platinum Plaza in Old Hill, 251 Halesowen Road, West Midlands, B64 6JD, on Saturday 22nd November. The event will start at 7:00 p.m., til late, there is a fully licensed bar, and there will be food to purchase on the night. After the success of last years event, we have chosen a slightly larger venue, this venue gives us a capacity of 400. Ticket prices will be set as: £5.00 per adult, £3 per child, and £15.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2+ children). Tickets will be available from Monday 6th October, from our front desk, and will be on a first come first served basis. They are available to all club members, from small pool through to water polo.
All proceeds from the Club Championships (entry fees, large and small pool), door entries and raffles go towards venue hire, trophies and medals, for our Presentation Evening, to ensure it is a memorable night for all of our swimmers and parents.
4th October 2014
This Monday will see the first of our Club Championships take place. The strokes this week are Freestyle, Breaststroke and Individual Medley. The warm up will take place at 6:00 p.m.
4th October 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.
2nd October 2014
years Presentation Evening will be held at the Platinum Plaza in Old Hill,
251 Halesowen Road, West Midlands, B64 6JD, on Saturday 22nd November.
The event will start at 7:00 p.m., til late, there is a fully licensed
bar, and there will be food to purchase on the night. After the success
of last years event, we have chosen a slightly larger venue, this venue
gives us a capacity of 400. Ticket prices will be set as: £5.00 per
adult, £2 per child, and £15.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3
children). Tickets will shortly be available and will be on a first come
first served basis. They will be available to all club members, from small pool through to water polo.
2nd 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
We are now on Week 4 (out of 15) of our first cycle of the season. This weeks stroke focus will be front-crawl. The yardage and intensity, especially for the older swimmers, will be gradually increased over the next few weeks.
We will also be introducing the new plan and scheme of work for the JSD and Transition groups. Details will follow soon. As of Sunday 4th October, the JSD and Transition group will have their own pool time at West Bromwich, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. These will be totally stroke and skill development based sessions. A parents meeting for the JSD will shortly be arranged to discuss all changes.
29th 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
The team list for the National Arena League, is now available to peruse on the 'Members' page (please ask for the password). It will also be available on the notice-board at Smethwick. The first round will take place on Saturday 11th October at Wolverhampton (WV1 4EG), and will be a 6:00 p.m. warm up. Please ensure you all keep this date (and the other two dates) free, it is important we improve upon last years position.
27th September 2014
A huge well done has to be said and massive credit given to our swimmers today. Every single swimmer performed to their best and beyond, everyone gained personal bests, 45 in all (including some massive personal bests) and everyone was a credit to the club.
Not only were personal bests obtained, we totaled a haul of 16 medals, way surpassing last years total, and 1 Skins Finalist (5th place).
Many hours of planning and preparation are spent to help provide the best for our swimmers and to prepare them for these events, the programme is paying off and will continue to do so. Well done, we are proud of you all!!!
21st 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
The first round draw has now been made for the first round of this years National Arena League. The draw we are involved in is as follows:
This league involves 9-11, 13, 15 and Open age-groups. The tie is on Saturday 11th October (please keep this date free) and the venue is to announced shortly.
Full draw can be found on: National Arena League
13th September 2014
As of Sunday 5th October, the JSD and Transition squad will have the small pool at West Bromwich from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (an increase of half an hour).This will give them much needed space and a pool dedicated to their needs, so stroke development, turns and starts can be focused upon. This means the Junior Development and Senior Development will have 3 lanes each in the main pool.
13th September 2014
The Club Championship forms are now available to download from our 'Members' page. The document is in Word format, so it can be filled in and emailed to either Marc or Ray, email addresses are displayed on the 'Members' page. The closing date is this Saturday, 13th September. This maybe extended if needed. We would like to encourage all of our squad swimmers to enter and take part. Anyone needing the password, please feel free to contact one of the coaches or one of the committee members. The programme of events is also on our 'Members' page.
10th 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
The forthcoming seasons 'Yearly Competitive Programme'
and first cycle details can be downloaded from our 'Members' page as a PDF. The plans
are not set in stone and will be modified throughout the year as and
when needed. If anyone wishes it to be explained at any point, please
feel free to approach one of our coaches.
30th August 2014
years squad Club Championships will be held on Monday 6th and 13th of
October at Smethwick Swimming Centre in the large pool. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. The entry forms will shortly be available from the swimming coaches, our front desk and will be available to download. Is West Bromwich Leisure Centre install starting blocks within the next month, the championships venue may be switched. Please keep checking for details.
18th August 2014
This years small pool Club Championships will be held on Saturday 4th October at Smethwick Swimming Centre in the large pool. The event will start at 3:30 p.m. The entry forms will shortly be available from the swimming teachers and our front desk.
18th August 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.