"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 July 2014


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:    


Small Pool Summer Holiday Re-arrangements

 After considering the implications of closing all our Monday, two Wednesday and a Saturday morning, sessions in the small pool, we have looked at our available teaching and coaching staff and are going to have a change around in rotas, and hopefully cover sessions using our coaches as well as our teachers who are not away. Hopefully, all of the sessions throughout August will be open as usual, although we will be a few helpers and teachers down.
Please keep watching this space, and forward on to all small pool members.
Hopefully the only closure will be the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August. We hope this is a better arrangement, for our young swimmers!?!

 26th July 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

July 2014 Recruitment - FIRST 2 LESSONS FREE

We are continuing 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 detais.

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.

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:


Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:


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

 14th July 2014
Mercian League - Round 3 Results

This was another tough test for our senior swimmers and in particular areas we did struggle at times with the competition. But, we have improved our position in the league from last year (another goal achieved), which shows progress, and next season, swimmers will be in their own age-groups instead of being swum an age up. Thanks to all swimmers, parents, poolside helpers and coaches on the poolside (which was unbelievably hot).

Final Results:

  1. Oldbury      223
  2. Bilston        203
  3. Orion           188
  4. Lichfield      156
  5. Warley WASPS   139
  6. Northgate      130

A full set of results are now available on our 'Results' page.

13th 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

Worcester County Development Meet - Sun 21st September

The entry details can be downloaded below for the Worcester County Development Meet on Sunday 21st September. All swimmers from 9 through to 13 are able to enter. This is an important meet, so we would expect all squad members from Transition through to lower seniors to enter. Entries, along with entry fees need to be handed in by Wednesday 20th August for processing.

2014 Development Meet Entry Pack 

9th July 2014

Junior Skill Development Technique Award

We are introducing a new award for our JSD (former Learner Lengths) group. This award will be purely focused on stroke technique and will not based around speed. The first ever date for the competition will be on Sunday 20th July from 5:00 p.m. at West Bromwich Leisure Centre in the learner pool. This is open to all current JSD (Learner Lengths) swimmers regardless of age. Anyone attending please email, text or inform their corresponding teacher from their session.

The rules of the award have been uploaded onto the 'Members' page.

5th July 2014

West Bromwich - Sunday Expansion - JSD

As of Sunday 6th July, we will be providing a further 1 hour of pool time for our Junior Skill Development group (former Learner Lengths). This will normally take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the teaching pool at West Bromwich Leisure Centre. The session will be utilised for stroke development and the teaching of turns and diving, as the pool floor can be lowered to 1.8 metres.

Due to the Teaching course on Sunday 6th July, our first session will commence at 5:30 p.m. for this week only.

5th July 2014

West Bromwich - Sunday Session from 4.00 p.m.

People for Places (West Bromwich Leisure Centre), still need volunteer learners for their course on Sunday 6th July, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any swimmer from the Learn to Swim, including, JSD (Learner Lengths) section is welcome to attend, all lessons are free of charge.

5th July 2014

Swimmer Of The Month Awards

A new batch of Swimmer Of The Month awards have been delivered. These will now be back dated and distributed to those that are owed a trophy. The registers for June are now available to peruse on the 'Members' page. Junes Swimmer Of The Month will be announced on Monday.

5th July 2014

Mercian Summer League - Round 3 Team List

The team list is available for download on our 'Members' page of the website. This is the final round for this year, and there is a trophy riding on the gala. We do expect full age-groups and fully swimmers to be present. The gala will be held at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, WS6 7JQ and warm up will commence at 6 o'clock p.m. This is our last gala until September/October time.

 30th June 2014

Nuneaton Junior League - Round 3 Results

Yet again, Division 2 proved to be a tough place to be, especially when we only had 10 boys available to swim, and a 1/3 in total of our usual team not present. We competed extremely well under the circumstances and after half way we were in joint second place. As the gala moved on we did tire and fell back into fourth place, where we stayed until the finish. Every swimmer on the side gave it their best performed admirably well. We have, this season, competed in the league, we have finished midway, or just above, and we have achieved this years goal, that of consolidating in Division 2 and ensuring our status for next year. Well done to all, special thanks to the coaches, poolside helpers, judges,  timekeepers and parents for supporting throughout the league.

Final Results:

  1. Rugby                  256
  2. Wombourne         179
  3. Fox Hollies            179
  4. Warley WASPS     153
  5. Worcester B         143  
  6. Shrewsbury          124

A set of full results are now available on the 'Results' page of the website.

 29th June 2014

West Bromwich Swimmers for Courses Needed

Over the next two Sundays (29th June and 6th July) West Bromwich Leisure Centre (Places for People) have an ASA Level 1 course running and the tutor has asked to put on some lessons on the Sunday afternoon from 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

They are looking for children to attend during this time to have free lessons where the candidates will be teaching or assisting.
They are looking to "borrow" about 40+ swimmers from Stage 1 to Stage 5 for these 2 Sundays. If anyone from our Learn to Swim programme, or Transition squad are available, please let either Tim, Marc or Ray know.

24th June 2014

New Page Added - Swimming Videos

A new page has been added to our website. The 'Swimming Videos' page has a selection of 'Motivational' videos and a number of 'Stroke Technique' videos, all linked to You Tube. All are relevant to the progression of our swimmers, so please take the time to watch.

23rd June 2014

Senior Wednesday Sessions - As of 18th June 2014

A brief note to inform seniors that they should be at Langley from 7:30 p.m. on-wards, for a 7:45 p.m. start, as of tonight, Wednesday 18th June.

18th June 2014 

Mercian League Round 3 Draw - Sat 12th July

The draw for the last round of the Mercian League has been carried out and we against the following teams at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, WS6 7JQ, with a 6 o'clock warm up. There is a trophy on this final round gala, so we are looking to field a full strength team. We are currently lying in 17th place in the league, an improvement on last years position of 22nd!

  • Oldbury
  • Bilston
  • Lichfield
  • Orion
  • Warley WASPS
  • Northgate

17th June 2014

Mercian League Round 2 Results 

Well done to our team tonight, with 11 swimmers missing we still managed a very creditable 4th place. This was a very tough round, but we held our own, kept persevering and in the end we finished a comfortable 4th. Final Results:

  1. Leamington Spa    272
  2. Blythe Barracudas    219
  3. Nuneaton and Bedworth    204
  4. Warley WASPS   132
  5. Walsall   106
  6. Perry Beeches   99

The full results are available from the 'Results' page.

14th June 2014 

Sundays Session - West Bromwich B70 7AZ 

Please keep on supporting the new session at West Bromwich, we would like to see more swimmers attend, from all squads. We are also looking to include the Junior Skill Development squads shortly.

14th June 2014

Warley WASPS 127th AGM - Tuesday 8th July

This years Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th July, at 'GOALS', in Cakemore Road, Blackheath, B65 0QX. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend and put their ideas forward and even join the committee. We would like volunteers to help our ever increasing club. Children are welcome to attend and there is a bar open for before and after the meeting.

12th June 2014

 Junior Skill Development - Sundays at West Bromwich

We are informing all parents of the JSD group (former Learner Lengths groups), that there will shortly be an additional session for the group on Sundays. We would like this to take place at the new West Bromwich Leisure Centre from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. This session should be used as an addition to what the swimmers already do to help them gain the additional skills they need to progress. The new pool at West Bromwich lowers to 1.8 metres, so this will be an ideal session for us to teach diving at a much earlier time in their development. The session would mean a slight increase in monthly fees, due to the added expense of the pool time. We feel that this is yet another opportunity for the club to expand and invest in the development of our young talented swimmers. Please register your interest with Tim, or one of the teachers, or at our front desk. 

9th June 2014

Junior League Round 3 Team List - Sat 28th June

The team list for the last round of the Junior League is now available to download from our 'Members' page. As this is the last round this year, and we won't be making the final, it would be nice to go out and produce a memorable performance. Could we all please keep the date free. The gala will be held at Worcester Leisure Centre, postcode WR1 1NU, with a 6 o'clock warm up.

7th June 2014

Thanks To Our Volunteers

The ASA are again seeking nominations for who shall be awarded specific categories of recognition relating to their many hours spent volunteering for their clubs.  In 2012, we were quite successful in that Marc won an award as coach of the year in the Midland Region. That was quite unusual however. How does one person score over another person in relation to the volunteering work they do.  Lets face it, the whole of our social structure as a country would disintegrate if it were not for volunteers, in every walk of life.

It would be difficult if not impossible therefore to single out an individual for nomination for an award.
This does however serve as a timely reminder to me, as club Chairman, to thank all the volunteers who help to make our club successful. These are not only committee members but many other helpers who willingly give their time and experience, in order to continue the great progress we are making towards being the best club in the area.
I am happy to record my thanks, to all those who have any involvement in the running of Warley Wasps, and to encourage that to continue into the next year and beyond.
5th June 2014

June 2014 Recruitment - FIRST 2 LESSONS FREE

If anyone knows of anyone wishing to learn to swim, or continue their competitive development, please put our club forward.

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 newWednesday session, 5:00-5:30 p.m., this will be starting from Wednesday 5th March 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.

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 9 hours for our Senior Development squad. All squad members are welcome to attend our 1 ½ hour land based session on Tuesdays.

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.

5th June 2014

Presentations from Saturdays Olympians Now Available

The presentations from Saturdays visit from Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck can now be downloaded from our 'Members' page. They are both in PDF format. 

3rd June 2014

Fridays and Sundays - West Bromwich Starting Dates


The start dates for the new sessions at West Bromwich Leisure Centre are as follows: 

  • Sunday   8th June    4:30 - 6:30 p.m. All squads.
  • Friday   13th June   7:00 - 8:45 p.m. (Time - TBC) All squads.
We are all looking forward to moving to a brand new centre. It is important that we all support the sessions to make them a success and so we can build and grow into a bigger and better club.

West Bromwich Parking - The car park is a 'Pay and Display', but this can be claimed back once inside the centre. This is to stop 'Shoppers' from parking for free on the centre, taking up spaces from centre users. The car park has approx 120 spaces.

Our shared Wednesday session with Haden Hill will remain an 8:15 p.m. start for the time being. We are hopeful that this will change to an earlier time in the next week or two.

2nd June 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

PGL Ross League Round 4 - Cheltenham Results

The results for the Ross League Round 4 have now been up-loaded to the 'Results' page. Unlike the other rounds of the league, this was a very close gala with only 20 points separating all four teams. Again, we had a number of first time swimmers and we gave regular relay members the opportunity to swim in individuals and the final positions went down to the last event. Well done to all that traveled down to Cheltenham and to all that have competed in the this years league. Final Results:

  1. Cheltenham 152
  2. Evesham 138
  3. Droitwich Dol 135
  4. Warley BEES 132 

18th May 2014

Nuneaton Junior League Round 3 Draw

 The draw for the next round of the Junior League is as follows:

 Worcester B

Warley WASPS



Fox Hollies


The round will take place on Saturday 28th June at Worcester Leisure Centre, WR1 1NU. The warm up is 6:00 for a 6:30 p.m. start. This is our final Junior League round for this year, we had already ensured we will remain in Division 2 and have achieved our target of consolidation. This is still an important gala and we wish to finish as high as possible in the league. The full draw and league table can be downloaded below.

Nuneaton Junior League - League Table Div 2

Nuneaton Junior League - Round 3 Draw 

 13th May 2014

Junior League Round 2 Results 

 The results for the second round of the Junior League have now been uploaded to the 'Results' page, anyone needing the password, please contact Marc. This was a very difficult gala and a very hard fought gala. We had a number of swimmers absent so swimmers were asked to swim races up and above their normal duty. The fight for third place was as close as it gets and all swimmers dug in and produced a well earned third place. You all did the club proud, well done!

Final Results:

  1.  Orion 233
  2. Kingsbury Aqu 196
  3. Warley WASPS 157
  4. Walsall 152
  5. Lichfield 150
  6. Shrewsbury 132

11th May 2014

Important news - Fee Increases

 Due to the increase in pool hire by the SLT over the last two years, unfortunately this year we have to increase the cost of our fees by £1 per swimmer per month. (There has been no increase since 2012). The rise will commence from 1st May 2014 so please don't forget to amend your standing orders.

If you need to confirm the amount you have to pay, please see one of the desk staff.

Small pool: 1 x swim per week -£18, 2 x swims - £23, 3 x swims - £26

Large pool: Jun Transition - £25, Jun Development - £28

Senior Transition - £31, Senior Development - £35

Masters - £22

06th April 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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