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It is highly unlikely we will be returning to the pool before March. It is for this reason, more than ever, we start to support our Zoom land training sessions. As pools, gyms, and schools are now closed this is possibly the only exercise you’ll have available to you, please take advantage of it. If the grow in size, we’ll provide an extra day.

Sessions take place on:

  • Monday 6.00 – 6.40 p.m.
  • Wednesday 6.00 – 6.40 p.m.
  • Friday 6.00 – 6.40 p.m. (if Monday and Wednesday are well attended)

Anyone wishing to be added to the Zoom email list, please contact Marc or Jason.

16th January 2021


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


During this latest lockdown, we are not able to enjoy any water based activity. We are so, so hopeful that before too long pools may re-open. You will be aware that every year, a large proportion of your Swim England membership fee goes towards comprehensive insurance to cover all your activities connected with the club. It is for this reason that we need to collect your membership fees in the normal way, as they must be submitted to Swim England during February, in order to guarantee insurance cover.

I understand that sessions are currently suspended but hopefully, when they resume your family members will be able to resume their swimming, playing activities. Insurance is therefore essential and will cover you for the entire year.

Thank you for your understanding and forbearance, in these difficult times.



5th January 2021


As you are all now aware, Sandwell MBC has gone into Tier 4 and we are in a local lockdown. It is for this reason that Sandwell Leisure Trust have had to close all their centres. This means that all current club pool activity, for the time being, has to stop until we are allowed back into Tier 3 and below.

Can all members, yet again, cancel their standing orders asap.

Please keep an eye on our social media, we will try and keep it up to date with the latest developments. Meantime, stay safe and keep active!

2nd January 2021


We will be continuing to provide our land based sessions on Zoom. It is open to all squad members from Junior Skill Development through to Masters. If anyone wants adding to the list for the link to the sessions, please message Marc.

Sessions run for 40 minutes and will run on:

  • Monday from 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 6:00 p.m.

2nd January 2021


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:


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


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


This time last year none of us would have imagined the extent to which the World would change during  2020.  None of us has previously experienced the difficulties, we are now living with.  The hopes for large scale vaccinations give us hope that we may live with Corona Virus in something approaching a normal way of life.

I hope that most of us have  maintained a good level of health, both physical and mental. For those of us who haven’t, then I wish you a speedy recovery.

We  competed admirably at the Worcester County Championships in January and February. That being the last competitive event we have been allowed.  No further competition has been possible. It is hoped that the Counties may take place in June/July 2021.   Despite our difficulties, when allowed limited access to training and teaching, some excellent progress has been made, our Level X time trial competition has produced some excellent results including County and District times for entry into Swim England rankings. Our Polo section has been drastically curtailed in terms of competition.  All leagues have been cancelled and limitations have been placed upon the manner of the training which has been allowed.  Despite this, the numbers of polo players across all ages has been well up to the mark.  Our Junior sections and learn to Swim has also suffered for lack of availability. We hope we have not lost too many members.  The quality of our teaching remains of the highest order, even though we are currently not allowed to teach from in the water. Our Triathlon section, whilst stand alone, continues to exist and indeed grow, and is happy to embrace the Warley Wasps name, logo and colours.

All our sessions currently need to be run in accordance with a Strict Risk Assessment.  This involves ‘Covid Support Volunteers’ in addition to our Coaching and Teaching staff. These are parents who have taken an interest in the progress and development of their children, and are on the pool side for every session ensuring all our restrictions receive compliance.  The club is extremely grateful for those who give of their time each week.  We need more volunteers to assist in this way. Any offers of help will be gratefully received.

The merger of our club with Oldbury and Haden Hill, whilst still very much being planned, has suffered some slippage and will now take place at some point during the first half of 2021.   This will need all the support that we have enjoyed over recent years, and then some.   Thanks to all parents carers and supporters of our members. Without you it would not be possible to maintain the progress we need to make.

You will all be aware by now that in the next few years, the pools at Thimblemill and Langley will cease to provide swimming in Sandwell.  Following  the Commonwealth Games we will move to the amazing new facility at Londonderry Lane, Smethwick.  I invite you all to embrace the challenge and continue our progress so that we will all share, and be a part of the ‘Centre of Aquatics Excellence’ which will be our new home.    There is much work to be done in the meantime, and we will do our best to keep you all informed.   The pool build is well under way and is on schedule.  We will be allowed regular access from mid 2023 onwards.

It seems strange not to be able to comment upon our achievements in the leagues and meets in which we normally participate.   This makes it more difficult to keep our swimmers motivated. Our Coaching team has nonetheless done an amazing job in maintaining the enthusiasm and commitment which our competitive swimmers and players need.   We all fervently hope that 2021 will see a great improvement in our ability to compete and succeed

I am grateful for the part played by all swimmers, parents/carers, teachers, coaches and last but by no means least, our committee, of which I have the privilege of being Chairman.

On behalf of the Committee, I extend seasons greetings to all who have any involvement with our club. A very happy, socially distanced Christmas, and an improved, and peaceful New Year to you all

Ray Evans


19th December 2020


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


As the Christmas period approaches, the club will close down and re-open on the following dates:

Learn To Swim

  • Closes Saturday 19th December 2020
  • Reopens Wednesday 6th January 2021

Junior Skill Development

  • Closes Sunday 20th December 2020
  • Re-opens Sunday 3rd Jaunary 2021

Junior Competitive Development

  • Closes Sunday 20th December 2020
  • Re-opens Saturday 2nd January 2021

Senior Transition/Performance

  • Closes Monday 21st December 2020
  • Re-opens Monday 4th January 2021

7th December 2020


We are still looking to recruit Covid Officers to help with the coordinating of parents and swimmers to their lessons/sessions on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday mornings from 5.30 p.m. (8.00 am on Saturday) for an hour, or so if available. If anyone is able to help out it would be much appreciated, our current staff are already at full stretch.

7th December 2020


Worcester County are looking for a treasurer to look after the County finances. If aynone has experience and is interested in taking on the role, could you please contact Ray.

7th December 2020


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


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


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


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

Stay Safe.

Ray Evans

Club Chairman.

9th November 2020


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


The time trials will go ahead as planned. But the 50m events will change to:

  • 50m Backstroke
  • 50m Freestyle

1st November 2020


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.

27th October 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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. 


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


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.

TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Monday7.30-9.30 p.m.Tipton LCAll5th Oct
Tuesday8.00-9.30 p.m.Aston UniAll18th Aug
Wednesday8.10-9.30 p.m.Langley SCAll30th Sept
Thursday7.30-8.30 p.m.Aston UniAll10th Sept
Friday8.15-9.45 p.m.West BromAlt B2 & B12nd Oct
Senior Times and Venues
Jun Comp Dev
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Friday6.30-8.00 p.m.Langley SCAll (24)2nd Oct
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SCAll (28)3rd Oct
Sunday5.30-7.00 p.m.West BromAll (30)4th Oct
Junior Competitive Development Times and Venues
Jun Skill Dev
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Wednesday6.45-7.50 p.m.Langley SCAll (35)30th Sep
Sunday4.30-5.30 p.m.West BromAll (30)4th Oct
Junior Skill Development Times and Venues
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Monday7.30-9.00 p.m.Aston UniMixed28th Sep
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SC1 Lane3rd Oct
Masters Times and Venues
Learn To Swim
TimeVenueGroupStart Date
Wednesday5.30-8.00 p.m.Langley SCStage 1-414th Oct
Friday5.30-7.30 p.m.Langley SCStage 1-416th Oct
Saturday8.00-9.00 a.m.Langley SCStage 1-417th Oct
Learn To Swim Times and Venues

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


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


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


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


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


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:


DayVenueTimeGroupStart Date
TuesdayAston Uni7.30-9.00pmAll18th August
ThursdayAston Uni7.30-8.30pmAll10th Sept
FridayWest Brom LC8.15-9.45pmBubble 121st Aug
Senior Sessions As is

Junior Competitive Development

DayVenueTimeGroupStart Date
MondayWednesbury8.00-9.00pmAll7th Sept
SundayWest Brom LC5.45-7.00pmLanes13th Sept
JCD Sessions – Mon 24 places Sun 30 places

Junior Skill Development

DayVenueTimeGroupStart Date
FridayWednesbury8.00-9.00pmAll11th Sept
JSD Sessions – 36 places available only

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


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


Just to confirm, this forthcoming Aston session will not take place as they are closed due to the Bank Holiday break.

28th August 2020


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 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.
You may leave your comments on their Facebook page.

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


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


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


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


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.

Equipment Required

Initially, the following equipment will be required:

  • Goggles
  • Hat
  • Drink
  • 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


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


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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