"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: 27th May 2015

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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:    

 

Worcester County Relays - Sunday 28th June

The team list is now available for the Worcester County Relays. They are being held at Gloucester on Sunday 28th June, GL1 1DT. The team list can be found on our 'Members' page.

27th May 2015

Mercian League Round 2 - Leamington Spa

 

The next round of the Mercian League will be held at Leamington Spa, CV32 4EW, on Saturday 13th June. The warm up will be from 6:15 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. start. The team list is now available on our 'Members' page and on our notice-board at Smethwick.

21st May 2015

Worcester County Relays - Gloucester

The Worcester County Relays are being held in Gloucester this year. We are looking at entering relay teams in the 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, Open and Masters age-groups. These will be held on Sunday 28th June. We do need 4 swimmers per age-group, one dropping out means the whole team will not be able to swim, so we need a definate yes/no answer as wedon't want to get to Gloucester to find out we can't swim in particular relays. The team shhet will be posted shortly.

20th May 2015

 

Bank Holiday Monday - Monday 25th May

There will be no swimming at Smethwick Swimming Centre this forthcoming Monday (25th May), due to the Centre closing for the Bank Holiday. Swimming will resume as normal on Tuesday for Junior and Seniors and Wednesday for everyone else.

20th May 2015

Saturdays Workshop

The workshop, scheduled for this coming Saturday, 23rd May, has had to be cancelled due to a Life Guarding course being run at Smethwick Swimming Centre. We will be looking at other future dates.

20th May 2015

PGL Ross League Round 4 Results

This was another closely fought gala. The atmosphere on the poolside was superb, the atmosphere within the team was excellent, and the overall performance of all was quality. Again, we had a number of first time swimmers, who all proved they were able to compete, a credit to our 'Learn to Swim' programme.

The results for the 4th Round of the PGL Ross League are now available from our 'Results' page.

Final Results:

  1. Worcester   164
  2. Wyre Forest    138
  3. Redditch      137
  4. Warley BEES 123

20th May 2015

Nuneaton Junior League Round 3 Draw

The draw for the last round of the Nuneaton Junior League. This round will be held at Stafford, ST16 3TA, on Saturday June 27th. The draw is as follows:

  • Warley WASPS - Hosting
  • Burntwood (13th)
  • Coalville (5th)
  • Northampton B (8th)
  • Camp Hill Ed (15th)
  • Lichfield (7th)

As can be seen, the draw is going to be very tough. We are going to have to be at our very best, be fully fit, and we need a full squad of swimmers. We will continue to fully prepare for the gala, so keep up the training and commitment.

Nuneaton Junior League Website (Full draw)

 15th May 2015

Nuneaton Junior League Round 2 Results

The full results are now available to download from our 'Results' page. Please contact Marc if you require the password.

 14th May 2015

Swimming Camp - Long Course - London Aquatic Centre

We are thinking about heading down to train at the London Aquatic Centre over the summer over a two day period. This would be held in joint with Haden Hill SC. We would be looking at training on a Saturday and Sunday, before returning home. this is open to Junior Development upwards. We need to know numbers so we can look at accommodation, and what sessions to provide etc... Anyone interested should contact Marc via phone, text or email. 

11th May 2015 

Haden Hill Open Meet - Results

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

Junior League Round 2 - Results

 Yet another tough gala, but much closer than the final scores show. We competed very well, all the races were close, and we were much improved from the first round! The points score cetainly doesn't reflect our performance. We still have one round to go, a kind draw may help us, but it's going to be extremely tough. We will keep working on basics, we need everyone to attend as many sessions as possible per week and lets see what we can produce on 'June 27th'!

Final Results:
1st Nortgate 252
2nd Markey Harb 177
3rd Solihull 171
4th Fox Hollies 169
5th Camp Hill 165
6th Warley WASPS 128

We are still awaiting the full results from the hosting club. Once we recieve them they will be posted on here.

11th May 2015

May 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 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 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:

timbeddowes@warleywasps.net

Competitive Development - Marc Soulsby on:

marcsoulsby@warleywasps.net

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

2nd May 2015

Mercian Summer League Round 2 Draw

Round 2 of the Mercian League has been published. We are, yet again, at Leamington Spa, CV32 4EW. The gala will take place on Saturday 14th June. The draw comprises of:

Warley WASPS

Redditch (Hosts)

Wombourne

Leamington

Rugby

Halesowen

The current league table can be found on the following link:

Mercian League Positions After Round 1 

2nd May 2015

Boldmere Water Carnival - Entries

Could we please have all the entries for the Boldmere Water Carnival handed in by Wednesday 29th April to Paul Manning. All entry forms and details can be downloaded from a post below.

27th April 2015 

Mercian League Round 1 Results - Sat 25th April

As expected, this was a very difficult gala. With four of the teams competing in Division 1 and one team competing in Division 2 of the National Arena League, we knew we were up against some very good teams. Overall, we did perform very well and the difference between us and forth place was only 20 points. Our takeovers and starts had improved, which resulted in no disqualifications, the atmosphere on the poolside was great, we all supported each other, we had some great swims and overall, the gala was an enjoyable one. Lets hope the next round is a little kinder! Many thanks to the WASPS staff for hosting a smooth running gala.

Final Results:

  1. Redditch 226
  2. Bilston 201
  3. Coventry 189
  4. Northgate 155
  5. Nuneaton 145
  6. Warley WASPS 135 

The full results are now available from our 'Results' page. Personal Bests will be added shortly.

 26th April 2015

Worcester Winter League - Round 3 Results Available

The last round of the Winter League proved to be as tough as the first round of the league. Again, we were a few swimmers short in particular age-groups. We must give a mention to Daniel Johnson, who swam in the Midland Regional 1500m at 9:00am at Coventry, finished in third place, then travelled to Droitwich, straight onto the block and swam 100 Butterfly.

The swimmers performed admirably well considering the disappointment of the previous day. Full results are now available available.

Final Results:

1st Pershore 204
2nd Oldbury 198
3rd Haden Hill 146
4th Warley WASPS 127
5th Evesham 118

24th April 2015

Midland Regional Championships - Coventry

Sunday saw two of our members swim in the long distance Championships of the Midland Region. Both swimmers swum personal best times, with Kaite-Mae Boden finishing in 4th place in her age-group for the 800m Freestyle and Daniel Johnson finishing in 3rd place in his for the 1500m Freestyle.

20th April 2015  

Coaching Course - Level 1 

We will be running a Level 1 Coaching Course at West Bromwich Leisure Centre. The course will/would run over 4 Sundays throughout November/December 2015. Anyone wishing to add their name to the list should contact Marc, Ray or Paula. Candidates have to be 15 years as of starting the course, but must 16 years of age upon completion. No prior coaching experience is necessary, although teaching experience would be advantageous. All the details can be found in the below link.

Level 1 Coaching Criteria

7th April 2015 

2015 Learner and Squad Fee Increases

Unfortunately it is that time of year again where our pool providers inform us of pool hire increases. This year, we have been informed that Sandwell Leisure Trust will be increasing their pool hire charges by a staggering 10%, the current inflation rate is 0.3%. We asked questions as to why it is so high, but local council have approved the increases which has left us in a position where we must increase our fees to pay for the hire increase. We have increased the fees as little as possible. The 'New' fees will take effect from the 1st of May. The standard 10% and maximum family payment remains the same.

Session

Current

Increase

New

Learn to Swim 1 session

£18.00

£1.00

£19.00

Learn to Swim 2 sessions

£23.00

£1.50

£24.50

Junior Transition

£25.00

£1.50

£26.50

Junior Development

£28.00

£2.00

£30.00

Senior Transition

£31.00

£2.00

£33.00

Senior Development

£36.00

£2.00

£38.00

Masters

£22.00

£1.50

£23.50

Even with these increases, we still remain one of the cheapest and best value (if not the cheapest) clubs in Worcester County. All of our Learn to Swim sessions have fully qualified staff (Level 1 & 2), with a minimum of two per section. We have 12 coaches available on our Competitive Pathway ranging from Level 1 to Level 3, with experience ranging from Club through to International standards. Our Seniors have 7 available sessions per week, providing 11.5 hours of pool time (we are looking for more due to expansion, and may increase our morning sessions) every week. We are an improving club, we are a growing club and we provide a quality service, and will continue to do so. We would like to thank all of our members for your understanding!

20th March 2015

2015 Worcester County Championships

Where do we start with years Worcester County Championships? First and foremost, the swimmers have been through some pretty intense training, on all distances, on all strokes. This was to ensure all swimmers were prepared on all strokes and distances as qualifying was still being achieved into the first few weeks of the Cycle.

This years Championships were the best set of results Warley WASPS have achieved for many years. It has taken 5 years of building, from a few swimmers entering just 50m events, through to this year, qualifying on multi-strokes at multi-distances up to the 400m events.

The Championships have produced some huge personal bests (and some small personal bests - but personal bests all the same), they have produced a number of Regional Qualifying times, a number of Age-Group Champions, a Junior County Champion, Silver medalist Senior Championship, and County Championship Finalists. Our medal haul for the past two weeks of competition is 25, we also have next weeks long distance Championships to go where we could pick up more.

All swimmers have done the club proud, but more importantly, themselves proud!

This is just the beginning, we have turned the corner, and there is more hard work to be done, both in the pool and out of the pool. We have more open meets to look forward to and all the leagues. Keep up the hard work Warley, it's paying off!

 16th March 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.
Dates:
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

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

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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