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 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
Well done to Tim O'Neill who competed on Saturday 23rd August in the Great Scottish Swim. He swam in the 1 mile race and managed 27 mins and 3 seconds, finishing 4th in the 45-49 age-group and 43 over all. Is it time the rest of our masters stepped up!?!
24th August 2014
years Presentation Evening will be held at the Platinum Plaza in Old Hill,
251 Halesowen Road, West Midlands, B64 6JD. 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. A link to the venue is provided below:
18th 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
We have booked a lane on the 27th September for Stourbridges home gala, the Profab Trophy. Ages will be 11, 12, 13 and 14. Warm Up will be 6 o'clock, more details and team lists to follow, and fixture list will be updated.
18th August 2014
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 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.
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.
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
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).
- Oldbury 223
- Bilston 203
- Orion 188
- Lichfield 156
- Warley WASPS 139
- Northgate 130
A full set of results are now available on our 'Results' page.
13th 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
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.
9th July 2014
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
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
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.
- Rugby 256
- Wombourne 179
- Fox Hollies 179
- Warley WASPS 153
- Worcester B 143
- Shrewsbury 124
A set of full results are now available on the 'Results' page of the website.
29th June 2014
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
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!
- Warley WASPS
17th June 2014
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:
- Leamington Spa 272
- Blythe Barracudas 219
- Nuneaton and Bedworth 204
- Warley WASPS 132
- Walsall 106
- Perry Beeches 99
The full results are available from the 'Results' page.
14th June 2014
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
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
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.
5th 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:
- Cheltenham 152
- Evesham 138
- Droitwich Dol 135
- 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:
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.
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!
- Orion 233
- Kingsbury Aqu 196
- Warley WASPS 157
- Walsall 152
- Lichfield 150
- 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!
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'.
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.