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CLUBS SUMMER CLOSURES

The following dates will be when we close for holidays:

Langley Small Pool:

  • 11th to 28th August (all the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday sessions)

Langley Large Pool:

  • Saturday 31st July
  • Wednesday 4th August 6.30-9.30 p.m. only, Stages 3-4 will run as normal.
  • Friday 6th August 6.30-8.00 p.m. only, Stages 3-4 will run as normal.
  • Saturday 7th August 8.00-9.00 a.m.

Tipton Leisure Centre:

  • Monday 2nd August

West Bromwich Leisure Centre:

  • Sunday 22nd August (JSD & JCD/SEN)

28th July 2021

WARLEY WASPS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 – AMENDED

We are hoping to continue and hold our Club Championships throughout September. The licence has been applied for, so times will count towards County Qualifying in 2022. The provisional dates will be:

  • Saturday 4th September
  • Sunday 5th September
  • Monday 6th September (Tipton)
  • Sunday 12th September
  • Monday 13th September (Tipton)
  • Sunday 26th September

The entry form and events on each day can be downloaded below. Entry packs will be available at the pools over the next month. We do expect all from Junior Skill Development (JSD), through to Seniors to enter.

Saturday 11th September was unavailable, so we’ve moved it a week earlier for Saturday 4th September. The form below has been amended to suit.

25th July 2021

SUMMER CLOSURES AUGUST

There are going to be a number of closures during August, in-particular they will effect the small pool. Many of our staff have holidays and we can’t cover all of the sessions safely, after the past 18 months, having worked through and helped to keep the club open over a very difficult period, the staff deserve a break.

There will also be a small number of squad training sessions which will be effected, again for the reasons stated above. The dates will be posted shortly.

To all of our members finally being allowed to go away for a summer break, you’ve all deserved it!

25th July 2021

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM WINTER OPEN MEET

We are looking at entering the City of Birmingham Open Meet (Level 2), to be held on 16/17th October at Ladywood Leisure Centre. The opening of entries will be this month sometime, so please watch carefully.

25th July 2021

SANDWELL LEISURE TRUST – AS OF MONDAY 19TH JULY

Sandwell Leisure Trust will be taking the below approach relative to your sessions:

From Monday 19th July:

  • Occupancy levels will increase with more capacity available throughout the coming weeks.
  • Face coverings will still be required when entering any Sandwell Leisure Trust facility. This includes in reception areas, changing rooms and toilets, corridors & stairways, spectating areas and when entering and leaving fitness studios and the gym.
  • Social distancing measures will remain in place and we advise customers to follow these measures. Hand sanitising and cleaning stations will still be available for regular use.

It is vital that our customers understand that by taking a cautious approach to protecting our customers and staff, we won’t fully return to the pre-covid days at this stage. 

However, we will be able to increase our Learn to Swim ratios in-line with the recommended numbers, so we will start to recruit, which is a positive!

18th July 2021

WORCESTER COUNTY DEV MEET – SAT 18TH & SUN 19TH SEPT

This years Worcester County Development Meet will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September at WV Active Central (Wolves Central Baths). Age will be as of 19th September.

  • Saturday 18th will be for 9-11 year olds.
  • Sunday 19th will be for 12-14 year olds.

The entry pack can be downloaded below. Entry forms will be available at the pool from Monday 19th July (as well as from entry pack).

The cut off times are included in the entry pack, we do expect all swimmers who are able or who have the qualifying times to enter, as we wish to enter as a team.

We require all entries handed in by Wednesday 18th August, to either Jason, Karen or Marc. All entry fees need to be handed in along with forms. Entries handed in after this date will not be processed.

15th July 2021

MONDAY 19TH JULY – LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS – UPDATE

Swim England have announced that all teaching and coaching can return to normal as of Monday 19th July, this does include teaching from in the water, but this needs to be confirmed by individual pool operators. We have had a number of confirmations from PFP and Aston University regarding the lifting of restrictions from Monday.

PFP: We will have a change of times as we can start to move back to our normal pre-Covid timings, but this has to be confirmed and discussed with the other clubs with which we currently share. We will be able to use the changing rooms as normal but they have asked we still come swim ready for the time being. Parents will once again be able to use the viewing gallery for the sessions. The wearing of masks in and around the centre will be optional.

Aston University: We will be moving back to full lanes and restrictions on numbers per lane is to return to normal. Parents use of the balcony area needs to be confirmed. Masters will be able to return on Thursday (possibly Tuesdays too, depending on numbers). The Thursday session will currently stay as a 7:30 p.m. start until the university re-programme the pool schedule. We need to confirm the use of mask wearing.

SLT: We are awaiting confirmation from SLT with regards to how their restrictions are going to effect our Learn to Swim numbers, but from their website below, the restrictions around poolside, in and around the centre will remain the same, masks are to be worn.

We will also, by the looks, have to keep teachers out of the water, although Swim England have said it is fine to be in the water, but we await the communication first.

https://www.slt-leisure.co.uk/news/update-on-the-lifting-of-covid19-restrictions/

This is a little disappointing as we are looking to increase our numbers through recruitment drives, we will continue to be restricted to how many we can have in per section, and we will have to delay a much needed scheduled shuffle to our squads.

15th July 2021

NEW LOGO – SANDWELL AQUA

The vote for the logo of the new club is now complete and the one that has been chosen is Logo D

This will need professionally developing by a graphic designer to produce the final logo. The colours may also be changed dependent upon what we wanted as a club.

Next up will be to select club colours and kit design.

8th July 2021

SWIM SWIFT ELITE – SWIM CAMP

If there are any swimmers who re interested in attending this swim camp, please let Marc know and he’ll pass on your interest to Amy and Joe.

27th June 2021

STAGE AND DISTANCE CERTIFICATES

There will be a charge introduced for the Stage and Distance Certificates given out once swimmers have passed the required skills. This is due to the impact the last 12 months has had on the club, losing around 50% of the club has had a huge impact on finances.

The certificates (inc badge) will now be charged at £3.00 each.

4th June 2021

BIRMINGHAM CLEAN AIR ZONE – ASTON

The Clean Air Zone will come into play as of 1st June. Below is the link for you to check to see if your car is exempt from the £8 charge:

www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones

We all need to come together to help out those swimmers that may need a lift to Aston. If anyone has space in their car for lifts please let Marc know, so lifts can be arranged.

31st May 2021

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – JUNE

We are going to be pushing a large recruitment shortly. We will be leafleting local schools around the Bearwood/Warley/Harborne area. If you are able to drop leaflets into your local school please let Marc know and he’ll distribute the leaflets out.

Our Learn To Swim Programme runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. There are spaces available for all Stages, but there are very few spaces available at the 6:00 p.m. and 6:30p.m time slots due to the current Covid restrictions.

Please feel free to distribute our numbers and email addresses to anyone interested in Learning To Swim or Competitive swimming. More details to follow shortly. Enquiries can also be emailed to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Spaces available for Learn To Swim on Wednesday and Friday are:

  • Stages 3 & 4 5.30 – 5.55 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. – 6.25 p.m.
  • Stages Pre 1, 1 and 2 6.30 – 7.00 p.m., 7.00 – 7.30 p.m.

Saturday:

  • Stages 3 & 4 8.00 – 8.30 a.m.
  • Stages Pre 1, 1 and 2 8.30 – 9.00 a.m.

All of our Learn to Swim is now based at Langley Swimming Centre.

30th May 2021

SANDWELL AQUATICS NEW LOGO

We have been given 4 logo’s to vote upon for the new club, logo A, B, C, D. They need to be ordered in preference, with favourite being listed first etc…you don’t have to list more than one. The survey can be filled in by clicking on the survey from our ‘Members’ page and there will be voting slips along with the choices available at all of our sessions, for all members to have the opportunity to vote. Please look out in and around our pools.

24th May 2021

RETURN OF WASPS MEMBERS PAGE

The ‘Members Page’ has been reinstated on the website. This can be accessed by simply clicking on the WASP logo and inputting the required password (contact Marc for password).

The members site has been updated with some up to date information.

7th May 2021

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – MAY

We are going to be pushing a large recruitment shortly. We have leaflets at the printers and will be dropping them into local schools around the Bearwood/Warley/Harborne area. If you are able to drop leaflets into your local school please let Marc know and he’ll distribute the leaflets out.

Our Learn To Swim Programme runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. There are spaces available for all Stages, but there are very few spaces available at the 6:00 p.m. and 6:30p.m time slots due to the current Covid restrictions.

Please feel free to distribute our numbers and email addresses to anyone interested in Learning To Swim or Competitive swimming. More details to follow shortly. Enquiries can also be emailed to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

29th April 2021

COMMEMORATIVE CLUB HATS

The commemorative club hats will be available at the pool as of Friday 22nd April. The hats will be £6.00 each.Can anyone who has reserved a hat please contact Marc and he’ll ensure these are put to one side ready for collection. We have an initial batch of 50, more can be ordered if necessary.

22nd April 2021

CLUB SUPPLIES – CLUB SHOP

We still have a large selection of club supplies including the following:

  • Costumes/Jammers/trunks etc…
  • Hats – club and commemorative
  • Goggles
  • Floats (kick boards, pull bhoys)
  • Fins (limited sizes – will need to be checked)
  • Float bags
  • T-Shirts
  • Kit Bags (very limited)

Unfortunately, they are still in our stock cupboards at Smethwick, we’re still awaiting for SLT to confirm if we can store them at Langley. If any kit of any description is required we can collect a selection and bring along to sessions. Please let us know so we can start to bring bits and pieces to the pools.

15th April 2021

POOL RETURN 12TH APRIL

From the latest Covid meeting at Swim England one of the prerequisits for returning to the pool is that all swimmers should be a Swim England member. It is for this reason that all membership forms and fees should be returned to us asap i.e. before 12th April. We do not wish to turn anyone away at the doors.

Swim England have also asked that one of the questions our Covid Officers should include involves Lateral Flow tests, we DO NOT require any returning swimmers to take any such tests are not compulsary.

Any returning swimmer will have to fill in the Health Survey or Return to Training form. They’ve been done and we still have them in storage. Any new swimmer, or returning swimmer from last March WILL also have to fill them in as we don’t have records of those. Please send electoronically to address below.

Could all forms be returned to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Membership Fees:

  • Learn To Swim – £25.00
  • All Squads from JSD upwards – £40.00
  • Account Number: 50922420
  • Sort Code: 20-09-03

Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

7th April 2021

COVID LIAISON OFFICERS

We will still need more help with regards to Covid Officers around the pool for the LTS/small pool. Anyone willing to help us to direct swimmers safely, to their stations would be much appreciated, guidance and training will be provided.

21st March 2021

CLUB RE-OPENING – MONDAY 12TH APRIL

We have now had confirmation off PFP (West Bromwich), Aston Uni and SLT (just awaiting a few details), that we will be able to finally re-open (hopefully with no further lockdowns) on Monday 12th April. The protocol will run exactly the same as before the last lockdown with regards to entering and exiting pools, face masks, spectators etc…

It is for this reason that we now need to return the club membership forms asap along with the membership fee, all the forms and bank details can be found below (we’re advised not to accept cash or cheque). Monthly fees, for now, will remain the same.

For anyone returning to the pool from last March and haven’t filled out a Heath Survey and a Return to Training form, these need to filled in and returned upon your first session back.

Please note, that all over 18’s are currently exempt from returnign to the pool. Once we get the go ahead in mid-May, then all of our 18 and overs, including masters will be very welcome back! Meantime, after 12th April, try and attend some lane swimming in the local leisure centres, Marc will be more than happy to provide session guidance on what strokes and distances to swim.

All forms can be emailed to : waspsmembership@hotmail.com

First weeks sessions:

Seniors
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Monday7.30-9.30 p.m.Tipton LCAll12th Apr
Tuesday7.30-9.00 p.m.Aston UniAll13th Apr
Wednesday8.00-9.30 p.m.Langley SCAll14th Apr
Thursday7.30-8.30 p.m.Aston UniAll15th Apr
Friday7.30-9.30 p.m.West BromAlt B2 & B116th Apr
Sunday5.30-7.00 p.m.West BromAll25th July
Senior Times and Venues
Jun Comp Dev
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Wednesday8.00-9.30 p.m.Langley SCJCD214th Apr
Friday6.30-8.00 p.m.Langley SCAll (24)16th Apr
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SCAll (28)17th Apr
Sunday5.30-7.00 p.m.West BromAll (30)18th Apr
Junior Competitive Development Times and Venues
Jun Skill Dev
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Wednesday6.45-7.50 p.m.Langley SCAll14 Apr
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SCAllMay
Sunday4.30-5.30 p.m.West BromAll (30)18th Apr
Junior Skill Development Times and Venues
MastersAfter 2nd Stage
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Monday7.30-9.30 p.m.Aston UniMixedJune
Thursday7.30-8.30 p.m.Aston Uni1 LaneJuly
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SC1 LaneJune
Masters Times and Venues
Learn To Swim
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Wednesday5.30-7.30 p.m.Langley SCStage 1-414th Apr
Friday5.30-7.30 p.m.Langley SCStage 1-416th Apr
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SCStage 1-417th Apr
Learn To Swim Times and Venues

Fridays Senior Bubble 1 & 2 will be posted at a later date, as Bubble 1 started after last lockdown, Bubble 2 will start after this lockdown.

We will, after a period of training has been undertaken, be resuming the Level X competition, this will possibly be Mid to late May, early June.

If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, there is a lot of information to take in.

7th March 2021

2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Any swimmer returning will also have to re-join the club, fill in a membership form (posted below) and send membership fees electronically via internet banking as we are not wanting to handle cash or cheque. The membership fees do cover the costs of insuring swimmers in and around the pool. Membership forms can be emailed to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Membership fees:

  • Learn To Swim – £25.00
  • All Squads from JSD upwards – £40.00

Clubs Bank Account Details

  • Account Number: 50922420
  • Sort Code: 20-09-03

Could you please ensure swimmers names are referenced against any payment made.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you back as possible, it’s been a long time coming and we’re all ready to go!

23rd February 2021

CLUB HATS DELIVERY

We’ve had delivered our final batch of Warley WASPS commemorative swiming hats. We have an initial batch of 50, if anyone wishess to put one on order for when we return, please let Marc know and it will be reserved. These hats will be £6.00 each.

16th January 2021

2021 MEMBERSHIPS AND FORM RETURN

The memberships have been set for next year, even though we are in process of merging, these memberships will be carried across to the new club. They will be as follows:

  • Cat 1 (Learn To Swim) – £25.00
  • Cat 2 (All Squads from JSD upwards) – £40.00
  • Cat 3 (Voting members) – £15.00

The Club Membership Form can be downloaded below. All returning members need ro re-submit their forms. This needs to be filled in and emailed to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Forms should not be given to our Covid Officers. Could ALL payments be made through electronic transfer, we are no longer accepting cheques and due to Coronavirus we would rather not handle any cash. The clubs banking details are as follows:

  • Account Number: 50922420
  • Sort Code: 20-09-03

Please remember to reference the swimmers name against any payment.

Looking forward to seeing you all back safely in the New Year!

28th December 2020

SUNDAY WEST BROMWICH SMALL POOL SESSIONS TO RETURN

From the New Year, we will be able to re-open our Sunday small pool sessions at West Bromwich Leisure Centre. There will be 2 x 40 minute sessions run:

  • Session 1: 5.00 – 5.40 p.m.
  • Session 2: 5.50 – 6.30 p.m.

The sessions are due to commence on Sunday 10th January. The sessions will be for our current swimmers in Stage 4/4+ at our Wednesday and Friday large pool sessions and any new or swimmers rejoining after the lockdown periods we’ve been through.

We do need to know numbers, so could any swimmers wanting to attend please contact Tim or Marc.

19th December 2020

CLUB HATS AVAILABLE

We have a limited amount of hats available, 10 in total. If anyone is in need of a new hat, please let Marc know. They are £5.00 each. We are looking at purchasing one last batch of hats before the merger.

15th December 2020

SESSION FEES – OCTOBER

As we are returning to a near normality, we will need all fees to be paid from 1st October as they were Pre-Covid. The fees are as follows:

Learn To Swim

£22.00 per month  for 1 session per week.

£27.50 per month for 2 sessions per week.

£29.50 per month for 3 sessions per week.

Junior Skill Development – £29.50

Junior Competitive Development – 33.00

Senior Transition – £36.00

Senior Performance – £41.00

Masters – £27.50

We will be allocating further pool time as and when it becomes available, the timetables may change slightly as we progress into the next few months.

27th September 2020

LANGLEY SWIMMING CENTRE POOL SETUP

The centre is operating a ONE WAY system throughout. Swimmers will enter through the door to the left of reception (when entering the building) and exit via the changing rooms. 

ALL SWIMMERS ARRIVE POOL READY. 

Main Pool

The first group in will go straight on to poolside and put their bags on the spectator side. (There will be markers in place for swimmers to know where to put their things)

When swimmers finish their session they get out spectator side and exit via the changing rooms. Swimmers can use the changing rooms – the cubicles will be available and again there will be markers on the benches to indicate social distancing. We will slightly stagger finish times so that all 40 swimmers (5 x 8) are not exiting at the same time. 

If the weather is fine, new swimmers arriving should not enter the poolside UNTIL the previous group is in the changing rooms, however management have said that if the weather is bad the incoming children will wait on the small pool side of the main pool starting from the deep end. The small pool sliding door closest to the changing room will now be the point of entry into the small pool so will need to be kept clear.  

Children in the pool will climb out spectator side. Collect their bags from spectators and exit the pool by the changing rooms.

Children waiting will then walk around and drop their bags on spectator side and enter the pool. 

 There will then be a one way process on the main pool.

Spectators: There are markers on chairs on the back row for spectators at 1.5/2m intervals. We are only allowing parents of swimmers who are under 10 to remain on poolside and we will insist on only 1 parent per child.   

Small Pool

Swimmers will enter by means of sliding door closest to the changing rooms. 

Walk up the small pool next to the pool windows and wait.

Swimmers will exit the small pool on the side opposite the pool side windows, collect their bags and go to the small pool changing rooms.

Children waiting will then drop bags at deep end and get into the pool.

Females / girls will exit the small pool change by female main pool changing rooms and males / boys will exit via the small pool sliding door which should now be clear. Once again we then have a one way system around the small pool.

Spectators – There are markers on chairs which can be used for spectators in the small pool, but there are only about 10. Parents can stand as long as they maintain social distancing. There will be only 1 parent per child allowed, to minimise the numbers on poolside. 

All new returning swimmers, from squads and our Learn To Swim will have to complete and send in the following two forms:

25th September 2020