RE-OPENING IN TIER 3
As you are all aware, Sandwell and most of the West Midlands will be re-opening in Tier 3. This doesn’t effect any of our swimmers other than those over the age of 18, excluding those whose 18th Birthday was after 31st August this year. This unfortunately means our Masters will not be able to train until we move back into Tier 2 or 1. Swim England announced this today.
We are hopefull, as everyone is, that we move to Tier 2 sooner, rather than later. Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
This Friday’s senior session at West Bromwich will start with Bubble 1.
- 4th December Bubble 1
- 11th December Bubble 2
- 18th December Bubble 1
- 8th January 2021 Bubble 2
- 15th January 2021 Bubble 1
- 22nd January 2021 Bubble 2
This will continue until a) we’re back to normal b) until we merge and squads are allocated same or other pool time etc…
1st December 2020
RE-OPENING OF THE CLUB
We now have all information in required to announce the full re-opening of the club. The opening sessions at each centre are as follows:
- Langley – Wednesday 2nd December
- Aston University – Thursday 3rd December
- West Bromwich Leisure Centre – Friday 4th December
- Tipton – Monday 7th December
Can we start Standing Orders for the 2nd December onwards please.
All sections of the club will be welcomed back as of Wednesday 2nd December. The same distancing rules, wearing of masks into centre for 11+ ages and the spacings in lanes all still apply. West Bromwich have indicated we will be allowed to wait inside the centre as the weather starts to turn.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this very difficult time. However, as we are approaching Christmas, we will be closing as per usual over the period, the closing and re-opening dates will be posted shortly.
We still need some additional help with the Covid Liason Officers if anyone is available?
The new Health Survey is now located on our ‘Policies and Forms’ page.
27th November 2020
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
27th November 2020
GOOD NEWS – CLUBS RE-OPENING
Some Good News – We now have some provisional dates for the clubs re-opening:
- Aston University – Thursday 3rd December
- West Bromwich Leisure Centre – Friday 4th December
- Langley/Tipton – awaiting confirmation from SLT as to when we can return.
This means our Junior and Senior sessions will be able to return as normal as of the 3rd December. As we’ve had no confirmation from SLT, we are still not sure whether we can return to Langley or Tipton. This means as yet, we cannot confirm the return of our Learn To Swim. We will update as and when we are consulted.
26th November 2020
LEVEL X RESULTS
The results for the Level X competition have now been uploaded onto the Swim England website. We have some highly ranked swimmers in the Midland region, well done all!
Many thanks to all of those that helped with the time trials, officials, chaperones and coaches! The link for the results is as follows:
16th November 2020
You will all be aware of the very precise Risk Assessment which our club is working to, relating to the Covid pandemic.
As of this week, we are obliged to close yet again, hopefully for only a few weeks but, without a specific date on which we can re-open.
Alongside Covid, I ask you to also bear in mind other infections which appear from time to time. These include Influenza, and even the remote possibility of Tuberculosis. If you have cause to suspect that either you or your child(ren) could be infected, you need to contact your G.P. for advice and any further action necessary.
Advice and information may also be found on the Public Health England website https://www.gov.uk/phe
9th November 2020
LOCKDOWN – 5TH NOVEMBER
After yesterdays government announcement, we expect all leisure facilities to be closed from 5th November through to 2nd December. This means our last session will be on Wednesday 4th November. We are, however, waiting to hear from our providers, but we do expect to close.We would ask that, yet again, you cancel your Standing Orders for November.
1st November 2020
LEVEL X TIME TRIALS
The time trials will go ahead as planned. But the 50m events will change to:
- 50m Backstroke
- 50m Freestyle
1st November 2020
The Zoom sessions will continue, can you all please support these sessions, as these will be the only exercise you’ll be partaking in until, hopefully, early December.
1st November 2020
SUNDAYS LEVEL X – JSD & JCD
Both Junior Skill Development (JSD) and Junior Competitive Development (JCD) will start at 4.30 p.m. We will be swimming the 50m events first, so all JSD swimmers can finish at their normal time. JCD will stay to finish off the 100m events.
29th October 2020
WEDNESDAY SENIOR SESSION – LANGLEY
The start time of Wednesday’s session at Langley will be brought forward from this Wednesday (28th October) to 8.00 p.m. Same rules apply for being there 5 mins before the session and poolside change.
This session will have a lane or two given over the upper Junior Competitive Development swimmers. If any senior who doesn’t normally attend this session, wishes to attend this session, ask first as spaces will now be limited. We are going to start to utilise and maximise the pool space we have.
27th October 2020
LEVEL X TIME TRIAL COMPETITION
We will shortly be running the new Level X time trial competition, introduced by Swim England to get clubs back into some kind of racing mode. The trials have to be prepared like an open meet or our Club Championships, with the exception they have to be swum in our bubbled training sessions. The proposed Sessions and times are as follows:
Session 1 – Juniors West Bromwich Sunday 1st November
- 100 IM
- 50 Butterfly
- 100 Backstroke
- 50 Breaststroke
- 100 Freestyle
Session 2 – Seniors Tipton Monday 2nd November
Strokes/Events as session 1.
Session 3 – Juniors West Bromwich Sunday 8th November
- 100 Butterfly
- 50 Backstroke
- 100 Breaststroke
- 50 Freestyle
Session 4 – Seniors Tipton Monday 9th November
Strokes/Events as Session 3
Sessions 5 to 8 will be the 200’s, excluding 200 Butterfly. We will also be looking at including 400 Freestyle and 400 I.M.
Junior Skill Development (JSD) swimmers will swim the 100 Ind Medley and 50 Events only, with potentially the 200 Freestyle at a later date.
We will be needing 1 timekeeper per lane and 2 J1’s if available. Times will be recorded on a sheet and handed in once the session has been complete. Times will be uploaded and submitted to the Level X Rankings.
These trials are important and we do expect all the squad members to partake, they will also show us what work needs to be done to get swimmers back to levels they were before lockdown. Missed swims won’t be swam at other locations or times.
25th October 2020
WEDNESDAY LEARN TO SWIM – 28TH OCTOBER
Unfortunately, due to holidays, the small pool at Langley will have to be closed. Stages 3 and 4 in the large pool will continue as normal, as will Friday and Saturdays Learn to Swim.
25th October 2020
TUESDAY SENIOR ASTON SESSION START TIME
The start time of the Aston University session on Tuesdays has been brought forward to 7.30 p.m., this will continue at this time until further notice.
6th October 2020
WEARING OF FACE MASKS AT SESSIONS AS OF 5TH OCTOBER
Please could we ask that all swimmers of secondary school age & above (unless in possession of an exemption from the club chair for medical reason) wear a face mask from their entry into the premises until they are at their point of change. They can then be removed to change. Swimmers will then be called by the coach/teacher to their respective swim lane. Upon completion of their swim session, swimmers should change, place on their mask, then exit the premises through the foyer/fire exit.
Masks do not have to be worn to the toilets.
Could we also request that coaches/teachers wear masks and keep this on until the swimmers are in the water & again after the session whilst the swimmers are exiting the water until either the coach/teacher leaves the premises, or the next session are in the water. All spectators and COVID liaison officers are also asked to wear their masks whilst on the leisure centre premises.
6th October 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.
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.
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
PHASE 3 – PLAN INCLUDING LEARN TO SWIM
We will be undertaking Phase 3 of the clubs return and we plan to start to bring back our Learn To Swim Programme.
The new squad phase 3, venues, times etc…will be effective from 28th September and we hope to start to return our Learners from Wednesday 14th October.
The major change is, we won’t be swimming at Smethiwck Swimming Centre any more, we’ll be based at Langley Swimming Centre. This is obviously NOT a club decision, we have requested a return on a Monday, but this has been refused!
We will still be using Aston, West Bromwich and shortly, Tipton, but we’ll still be on limited time for squads as we try and fit in all of the club, in the time allocated. We are still waiting for any offer of pool time from Wednesbury.
|Monday||7.30-9.30 p.m.||Tipton LC||All||5th Oct|
|Tuesday||8.00-9.30 p.m.||Aston Uni||All||18th Aug|
|Wednesday||8.10-9.30 p.m.||Langley SC||All||30th Sept|
|Thursday||7.30-8.30 p.m.||Aston Uni||All||10th Sept|
|Friday||8.15-9.45 p.m.||West Brom||Alt B2 & B1||2nd Oct|
|Jun Comp Dev|
|Friday||6.30-8.00 p.m.||Langley SC||All (24)||2nd Oct|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||All (28)||3rd Oct|
|Sunday||5.30-7.00 p.m.||West Brom||All (30)||4th Oct|
|Jun Skill Dev|
|Wednesday||6.45-7.50 p.m.||Langley SC||All (35)||30th Sep|
|Sunday||4.30-5.30 p.m.||West Brom||All (30)||4th Oct|
|Monday||7.30-9.00 p.m.||Aston Uni||Mixed||28th Sep|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||1 Lane||3rd Oct|
|Learn To Swim|
|Wednesday||5.30-8.00 p.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||14th Oct|
|Friday||5.30-7.30 p.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||16th Oct|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||17th Oct|
New ‘Bubbles’ and lists are being worked upon. We are going to try and get most of our squad swimmers back now. If anyone doesn’t want a place to be allocated, please let me know as we can allocated to someone else.
We are well aware that Friday Learn To Swim is not ideal, we will trial it and try to build it up as best as we can.
It is likely that fees will go back to monthly, this is to cover the costs of pool hire, charging by session when only half capacity attend means we run at a great loss. Fees will be decided upon soon.
There will be guidance posted for the return of the other squads and Learn To swim. Times of sessions will be 25 mins initially for LTS, trying to avoid crossover with other sessions and also squad swimmers at the centres. All returning swimmers will have to complete and hand in the 2 necessary forms, which can be found in a previous post below. Further, more detailed, information will be released shortly.
23rd September 2020
SESSION FEES – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
Can we all please ensure that the session fees for each attendance is either paid on the evening of the session, or paid via a bank transfer. Could we also be prompt with payments as the pool hire still has to be paid on time. During these unprecidented times, we appreciate it may be a little bit of a pain, but if we can’t cover the costs, we will have to look again at rationalising squads in pool time we have.
12th September 2020
SANDWELL LEISURE TRUST PHASE 3 RE-OPENING
Phase 3 of Sandwell Leisure Trust’s re-opening plans, include the opening of Smethwick and Langley Swimming Centres. This is due to take place on Monday 21st September. There is going to be a major change in Sandwells swimming.
11th September 2020
NOTICE OF WARLEY WASPS 2020 AGM – ZOOM DETAILS
The Zoom details can be accessed on our ‘Members’ site for our AGM, which will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend and vote, non-members may attend if you wish.
11th September 2020
PHASE 2 PLAN – SWIMMERS, SESSIONS & BUBBLES
The Phase 2 Plan can be downloaded below. It shows the new bubbles, times and venues each bubble and squad will swim as of Monday 7th September. If anyone requires the password for the site below, please contact Marc:
Can all swimmers/parents attending either pay the Covid Liason Officer, or one of the coaches if you are paying by session, otherwise could payments be made through the bank, again, details can be given out with regards to clubs banking details.
6th September 2020
PHASE 2 SQUAD TIMES AND VENUES
As of Monday 7th September, our sessions will change with SLT, as they are starting up their Learn to Swim Programme. This means that session times, days and venues will change. We are, however, going to start to introduce our Junior Skill Development squad. Messages will be sent out to those swimmers from JSD who are in the upper lanes of the group and we will work backwards, depending on swimmer acceptances.
Again, we have tried to be as fair as possible with the allocation of pooltime to squads and difficult decisions have had to be made. We are hoping that normality is starting to ensue, but please bear with us, we are trying to obtain as much pool time as possible to service our squads. The following schedule will replace the current one as of Monday 7th September:
|Tuesday||Aston Uni||7.30-9.00pm||All||18th August|
|Thursday||Aston Uni||7.30-8.30pm||All||10th Sept|
|Friday||West Brom LC||8.15-9.45pm||Bubble 1||21st Aug|
Junior Competitive Development
|Sunday||West Brom LC||5.45-7.00pm||Lanes||13th Sept|
Junior Skill Development
Any swimmer who is not wishing to take their place must notify Marc asap, so places can be re-distributed.
Bubbles and groupings are being finalised, once finalised, swimmers will be notified as to which bubble/group they will be in. This is going to be slightly more complex than Phase 1!
2nd September 2020
SANDWELL LEISURE TRUST PHASE 2 RE-OPENING
We will be moving into Phase 2 of Sandwells re-opening. This does, unfortunately, mean that the sessions will have to re-jigged about and new days and times provided for each group/bubble. We understand this is yet anothe upheaval, but hopefully we are going to start to move back to normality over the next few months.
Please keep on supporting our Zoom Land training sessions as this will help to compliment the pool sessions we have.
Monday’s and Wednesday’s 5:30 – 6:10 p.m.
28th August 2020
ASTON UNIVERSITY TUESDAY SESSION
Just to confirm, this forthcoming Aston session will not take place as they are closed due to the Bank Holiday break.
28th August 2020
ASTON UNIVERSITY – THURSDAY SESSION
This Thursday at Aston University, we will have access to to their pool from 7:30-8:30 p.m. This will be for the senior Groups 1 & 2 i.e. those that attend the usual Tuesday session. This will run every other two weeks, or until the Phase 2 of the re-opening of pools kicks in.
28th August 2020
SANDWELL – SLT PHASED 2 REOPENING
Sandwell Leisure Trust announced yesterday that they are to initiate Phase 2 of their opening, which will start on Wednesday 2nd September. Whilst we welcome the update and the news that 2 dry centres will be re-opened, that still doesn’t help us, or any other Sandwell Swimming Club. So for now it’s the ‘Status Quo’, but we won’t Roll Over Lay Down, please look at the below links and leave your heart felt messages for their management.
Unfortunately, until we are able to secure more pool time, we cannot move forward and open up the rest of the club.
25th August 2020
Our usual Zoom sessions have now come to an end due to having a small amount of pool time given to us. We are re-starting them on Monday and Wednesdays for all squad members, from JSD through to Seniors/Masters. We do expect JCD and Senior swimmers to join in with at least one of the sessions to complement the limited pool time we have, as we don’t forsee anymore pools re-opening anytime soon.
Please contact Marc or Jason with your email address if you wish to be added to to the Zoom list.
25th August 2020
WEST BROMWICH LEISURE CENTRE WALK THROUGH
The below video is a walk through of West Bromwich Leisure Centre. It shows the requirements when entering the centre, where to go to place your belongings and getting changed etc…please ensure you watch this video first, before coming to swim on Friday 21st August or Sunday 23rd August.
21st August 2020
SESSION FEES FOR RETURNING SWIMMERS
The fees for the sessions we now have, have been decided upon. They will be as follows:
1 hour sessions: £3.00 (Wednesbury sessions Jun and Senior)
1.5 hour+ Sessions: £4.50 (Aston and Friday WBR senior)
The fees can either be paid in cash on the day, or by bank transfer.
As more sessions become available, fees will increase and will start to revert back to the normal rates.
10th August 2020
WEDNESBURY LEISURE CENTRE WALK THROUGH
The below file is a walk through of Wednesbury Leisure Centre. It shows the requirements when entering the centre, where to go to place your belongings and getting changed etc…please ensure you watch this video first, before coming to swim on Friday 7th August.
5th August 2020
COVID FORM RETURNS
Can we please ensure that all swimmers who’ve said they are returning to the pool have emailed their forms back to Marc asap. There have been over half returned, Marc will start to email out groupings, please be patient, there is a lot of paperwork to go through and a lot of emails to send.
5th Auguist 2020
Sessions have now been finalised and rationalised out. Messages have been sent to swimmers/parents informing you all of what you have available currently. This will change as time goes by and more centrers re-open and we start to return to normality. The first sessions for each squad are as follows:
- Wednesbury Leisure Centre Junior CD 1&2 7th August 6:00-7.00 p.m.
- Wednesbury Leisure Centre Senior Group 2 Saturday 22nd August 8.00-9.00 a.m.
- West Bromwich Leisure Centre Senior Group 1 Friday 21st August 8.15-10.00 p.m.
- West Bromwich Leisure Centre Junior CD 1 Select Sunday 23rd August 4.30-5.30 p.m.
- Aston University Senior Group 1 & 2 Tuesday 18th August 7.30-9.00 p.m. then in September 8.00-9.30 p.m.
Upon our return to training, the following must be observed:
- Swimmers will enter the building at a specified entrance, NO parents will be allowed into the centre. Parents may accompany their child to the entrance.
- Swimmers will then be registered by the Covid Liaison Officer.
- Swimmers are to come to the pool ready to swim i.e. costumes under their clothes.
- Swimming bag will be left at a specified space on poolside (cubicle at Aston).
- Swimmers must stay in their designated Bubble and lane.
- After swimming, the swimmers will dry off in their specified space, put on clothes and go home, where possible swimmers are to avoid changing rooms.
- Parents are to collect their child from the specified exit at the centre used (will be made known once confirmed for each centre).
- Both the Health Survey and Return To Training forms must be completed and returned to the Head Coach before the re-opening of the club. Otherwise, entry to the session may be refused.
Training will be predominantly Frontcrawl and will be low level aerobic work. There will not be any sprints, race pace, start or turn practice. Overtaking will be allowed as long as it is controlled ie allowing a swimmer to pass at the end of the length. Swimmers will have to observe distancing whilst resting in the water.
Lanes will be split so some lanes will start from shallow, some from deep, this will be determined and relayed via instruction at the first session back.
Initially, the following equipment will be required:
- Kick board
- Pull Bhoy
We ask that you bear with us, these are unprecidented times, we have had a lot of negociating with providers, between head coaches of the 3 clubs and a lot of planning has gone into what what we have pooled togther. We have taken what we can, where we can. It is all subject to change.
Please feel free to message Marc with any questions.
3rd August 2020
AVAILABLE POOL TIME
We have now been given pool time from SLT, PPF and Aston Uni. We are awaiting confirmation of start dates, the only pool to tell us a start date is Aston Uni, which will be week beginning 17th August.
For fairness, the 3 Sandwell clubs will share pool time as fairly as possible. We have followed Swim Englands guidelines and started from the top downwards. We are hoping that all of our seniors and our Junior Competitive Development squad will get pool time at either, or and the following centres:
- Haden Hill Leisure Centre
- Wednesbury Leisure Centre
- West Bromwich Leisure Centre
- Aston University
Once we’ve finalised the pool time and allocated the sessions, swimmers will be contacted and offered specific sessions. This will not be negociable as lane setups will be different and the way work will be different, until guidelines change. Once committed to, we do expect attending regular, as potentially, another swimmer could have that place. We will also be working with 2 other clubs, we appreciate the whole scenario is not ideal, so until we’re ‘back to normal’, this short term arrangment is going to have to accepted by all. This first phase of opening is going to very much experiemental and we’ll learn as we go. Hopefully more pools will be opened in phase 2, but we are not expecting Smethwick or Langley to open before September.
Each swimmer has to download, fill in, sign and return a Health Survey and Return To Training form, to the first session they attend, swimmers are not allowed in the water until a survey has been received back. This only has to be filled in once. Our electronic register system will track and trace all attendees at our sessions (this is common practice anyway for squads at Warley WASPS).
There is a lot of hard work going on in the background, there is a lot of negociations and meetings taking place, please bear with us, we are doing our best to obtain as much pool time as we can, for as many swimmers as we can. Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions.
24th July 2020
POOL RE-OPENING UPDATE
The Sandwell swimming clubs are all ready for re-opening of centres, with Risk Assessments and Covid Leads in place, but we are currently waiting for dates from all of our providers. Not only dates we are still awaiting the times we will be be allowed to swim. We are aware that SLT will not be opening Langley and Smethwick as part of their first phase of opening and they are now going to assess their situation on a monthly basis, not the weekly basis we were first told. We, as I’m sure you all are too, are pretty disappointed in the lack of information coming from our providers, but hopefully the coming week will prove different.
Please watch this space for updates, and please continue to support the Zoom sessions, as this will keep all in good stead for the much awaited return to the pool.
It has been announced today that swimming facilities may re-open on 25th July (indoor facilities). There will be some kind of phased return and the club will not fully open at once, and it is still possible that depending on the facilities opened by SLT, we will be limited to pool time and also to space. We have undertaken Risk Assessments, which have been handed into the pool operators of all the centres we use. We are planning behind the scenes and the likelyhood is, the first squads back into the water will be upper juniors and seniors, working backwards as time progresses.
Please watch this space as decisions are going to be made on a weekly basis and circumstances will possibly change on a weekly basis.
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