"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: 29th January 2015




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:    


Tuesday Morning Sessions - Start 3rd February

Tuesday mornings have now been given the green light and will commence on Tuesday 3rd February. The session will initially run on a trial basis and will be from 6:30-7:30 am, possibly increasing to 7:45 am. Could parents make it known if lifts can be given to swimmers who attend the same schools as other swimmers, to help out with dropping children off at school after the session if necessary.

 29th January 2015

Millennium Gala Results - Now Available

Last night saw our junior team swim in the Millennium gala at Wombourne. We had 9 new and very nervous swimmers, competing in their first gala for the club. Overall we performed very well, with some exceptional performances being swum.

The final results were:
1st Wombourne Gold 259
2nd Warley WASPS 216
3rd Broadway 213
4th Heath Town 131
5th Wombourne Black 124
6th Wolves Masters 88

The results have now been received and are available from our 'Results' page. Anyone needing the password, please contact a committee member. 

29th January 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.
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

Adam Ruckwoods Visit and Feedback

Adam Ruckwood, City of Coventry Head Coach, visited our club on Monday 19th January. His visit was a mentoring visit, arranged through the 'Talent Coach Development Programme'. His report will be posted on our 'Members' page shortly. Some of the points he raised about the club are detailed below:

Thanks very much for allowing me to come down on Monday - I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. You have clearly done an excellent job at building the club over the 5 years you have been there - very well done! An increase of membership from 140 to 535 is astonishing. Your recruitment of the coaching staff, the way you have structured the committee (where your coaching staff take on the majority of the roles) and the good vibe around the club are all great. It was a really friendly atmosphere.

  • I thought your planning was sound and appropriate for your swimmers. It was also good to see you had started to employ some of the things Fred Furniss had gone through on the workshop sessions.
  • You made good use of the poolside, were always on the move and worked with / talked to the swimmers at both ends of the pool. 
  • The swimmers had a good work ethic and trained hard. Coaching staff clearly got on with them (swimmers) well and had a good rapport. 
  • You have a lot of young members who are coming through the lesson programme and you will need somewhere to put them.
  • The idea of internal development galas that are judged on technical aspects rather than time is a great start.
  • Your clear commitment to passing talented swimmers onto the local performance clubs (City of Birmingham and Royal Wolverhampton) is great to see as well (refering to our links).

As can be seen we are continuing to move in the direction and these positive points from a former Olympian and one of the countries top coaches is further evidence of our continued improvement. Keep up the great work!!!

24th January 2015 

Morning Training - Tuesday Update

We now, have the opportunity to gain some additional pool-time on a Tuesday morning from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Smethwick Swimming Centre. Any swimmers interested should contact Marc via the usual methods i.e. email, text etc... so numbers can be obtained, which will determine the number of lanes required. Once numbers have been obtained we will commence with the session.

24th January 2015 
PGL Ross League - Round 1 Updated

The team sheet is now available for the PGL Ross League Round 1, from our 'Members' page. The gala will be held at West Bromwich on Saturday 7th February, with a 6 o'clock warm up. The gala will be for 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13/14 year olds. This league will be used for the purpose of giving all of our swimmers the opportunity to experience competition and to gain times for future competitions. Please keep an eye on here and on our notice-board for further details.

24th January 2015

Worcester Winter League Round 1 Results

Last night saw our seniors compete in the Worcester Winter League Round 1. It was our first appearance in the league for some 25+ years and we, as a club (and 8 times winners of the league), deemed it important that we rejoin, to ensure that we have representation in all the major local and National league competitions. We were up against some quality opposition, ranging from Division 1 to top of Division 3 National League teams, so we knew from the start it was going to be very tough. All swimmers gave their best and even though we finished in last place we were still able to produce a lot of personal bests, including 17 County, and Regional qualifying times. When performances of this standard result in a last place, you know the opposition are of quality. A lesson learned, experience gained and we move on and forward. Well done to all!

Final Results:

  1. Worcester A      212
  2. Worcester B      183
  3. Droitwich Dol   154
  4. Haden Hill         133
  5. Warley WASPS 106

Full results are now available from our 'Results' page, including personal bests. Anyone needing the password, please contact Marc

18th January 2015

Weeks 5 and 6 Planning Available

Weeks 5 and 6 are now available to download on our 'Members' page. Please contact Marc if you are in need of the password.

18th January 2015

Worcester County Championships - Masters

Masters swimmers will be allowed to swim in the Worcester County Championships this year. The age is of 22nd March (end of competition). The events are 50 metres on all strokes i.e. Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle. The entry for is available to download below. There are no qualifying times, so anyone who trains is more than welcome (and encouraged) to enter. The age-groups start from 19-24, 25+ banded into further age brackets. Forms need to be returned to either Marc, Paul or Paula Manning.

Worcester County Masters Entry form 2015 

16th January 2015

2015 Midland Regional Championships

The details for the 2015 Midland Regional Championships are now available from our 'Club Information' page to download. It includes the Qualifying Times and Programme of events.

9th January 2015

2015 Worcester County Championships

The details for the 2015 Worcester County Championships are available below to download. It includes the Qualifying Times, Programme of events and entry forms:

Worcester County Championships 2015 - Programme of Events 

Worcester County Championships 2015 - Qualifying Times 

Worcester County Championships 2015 - Entry Form

9th January 2015

Crystal Open Meet Warm Up Times

The warm up times for Sundays Crystal Open Meet are as follows:

Morning: 8:40-9:40 a.m. with 9:45 a.m. start

Afternoon: 13:40-14:40 p.m. with 14:45 p.m. start

The programme of events can be downloaded below.

 Crystal Open Meet 2015 - Programme of Events

 9th January 2015

Weeks 3 and 4 Planning Uploaded

The next two weeks of planning have now been uploaded onto our 'Members' page. Today was the start of Week 3, the Conditioning Phase of Cycle 2. This Cycle is much tougher than Cycles done in the past, this is so we are ready and prepared for the forthcoming Worcester County Championships.

4th January 2015

Worcester Winter League Round 1 Team List

The team list for the first round of the Worcester Winter League is now available on our 'Members' page.

2nd January 2015

January 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 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.

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.

2nd 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 

2015 Nuneaton Junior League - Rule Change

The following is an email received from the secretary of the Junior League:

'At the League's AGM in November we passed a rule for all swimmers to swim age as at 31 December. This was done with the best of intentions but unfortunately it now appears that it is in contravention of ASA Law. Having asked all Clubs what they want a large majority have requested that we go back to age as at the date of the 4th round. In order to avoid an EGM this rule will be re-instated for 2015.'

The matter will be put on the agenda for the AGM in November 2015 so that we can make an informed decision for the 2016 competition.

This means the age will be as of September 13th 2015, not as of 31st December.

31st December 2014 

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.

13th December 2014 

Gareth Comerford - Another Level 2 Coach

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

 Time Trials - Sunday 14th December onwards

Time trials will be held on Sunday 14th December, as well as on Thursday 18th December, Sunday 21st December, for County Qualifying purposes. All squad members from Transition through to Seniors should attend the sessions to ensure qualification is achieved. All strokes and distances will be covered over the three dates.

12th December 2014

St Nick Trophy Gala Results - Saturday 6th December

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!

Final Results:

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

Worcester County Time Trials

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

Christmas Closures

The club will be closed on the following dates:

Small pool

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

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)





Nuneaton Bedworth

30th November 2014

Competition Changes

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 

Nuneaton Junior League Round 1 Draw - 2015

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:

Wellington A



Warley WASPS

Haden Hill


Junior League Round 1 Draw April 2015 

West Midlands Talent Coach Development Programme

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:

Talent Coach Development Programme Prospectus 

5th August 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

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

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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