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Latest Update: 1st April 2023

NUNEATON & DIST JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS

Below are the current standings in the Nuneaton Junior League and the draw for the next round of the league.

1st April 2023

WARLEY WASPS/SMETHWICK/SR & AA TROPHY COLLECTION

It is our intention to remove the trophies from Langley for cleaning, photographing, logging of the trophy history i.e. years & names and a portfolio produced. The Black Country Living Museum have been contacted this to arrange to speak to them about the trophies and Rolph Street Baths and how they would be best suited to be displayed in the old pool, the original home of Smethwick Recreation and Athletic Association. The old silver school trophies currently in a cupboard at the Smethwick Heritage Centre will also be sort, so refurbishment if necessary, can be carried out.

Once all trophies are all logged and recorded, they’ll be loaned to the BCLM and some to be loaned for display at the new Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

Rolfe Street Baths was opened in 1888, Smethwick Recreation and Athletic Association/Smethwick Swimming Club/Warley WASPS were formed on 7th May 1888, on the very day Rolfe Street opened its doors.

There are a number of our trophies that date back to 1888 and many of them are Victorian silver. To have them back in their rightful home for all to see on display would be a fitting tribute to them and all who have been involved with the club since 1888.

The trophy cabinet will stay where it is until we can ascertain a place for it to reside, or it can go with the trophies if required, a few tokens of memorabilia have been left for now.

1st April 2023

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE RD1/2 RESULTS – LEAGUE

Below are the results and current league standings from the second round of the Worcester Winter League held on the 18th March 2023.

Final Round Draw: Sunday 16th April at Droitwich Leisure Centre:

Gala 1 – 9:00 a.m. Warm Up

  • Worcester Blue
  • Sandwell Aqua Black
  • Droitwich Dolphins (Hosts)
  • Stourbridge B
  • Perry Beeches SSS

Gala 2 – 12:00 p.m. Warm Up

  • Redditch (Hosts)
  • Stourbridge A
  • Sandwell Aqua Red
  • Worcester Green
  • Pershore
  • Orion

29th March 2023

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE ROUND 1 PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Below are the provisional gala positions after round 1 of the weekends Nuneaton Junior League Round 1. There are a few missing positions from Division 1 Gala 3 and no results for Division 3.

28th March 2023

NEW PAGE – ANALYSING SWIMMING TECHNIQUES

We’ve found a few quality YouTube clips of Adam Peaty’s breaststroke being broken down into its component elements. This is contained on the above mentioned page. This will be updated regularly, with more analysis and tips to improve your swimming. The History page has also been updated.

23rd March 2023

NEW SWIM ENGLAND PAGE

This page has dedicated links to Membership Check, Swim Englands Rankings, Indivdual and all Time. Will save a lot of time trying to navigate a confusing website. 🙂

21st March 2023

NEW OPEN MEET PAGE

This new page will advertise local open meets from around the West Midlands, with contact details and links to entry packs etc… Like the Swim England page, a quick direct link.

21st March 2023

SWIM ENGLAND INVESTIGATION

We are pleased to announce that SE have completed their investigation and the report has been gladly received. We would like to thank SE for their approach in this process and also to thank them for informing us that:

No further action needs to be taken in relation to this investigation and I would like to thank the committee for their openness and honesty.

Good news all round, exoneration, but totally expected. Many thanks for the many messages of support during this period, we all, very much, appreciate it. Please feel free to share!

17th March 2023

ROUND 1 MERCIAN SUMMER LEAGUE DRAW – 29TH APRIL

The first round draw has been released for the Mercian League, it is as follows:

Gala 1: Pingles: CV11 4LX

  • Perry Beeches (Hosting)
  • Kingsbury Aq
  • Pershore
  • Halesowen
  • Leamington Spa
  • Sandwell Aqua B

Gala 2: Walsall Gala Baths: WS1 1DH

  • Wombourne (Hosting)
  • Orion
  • Boldmere
  • Sandwell Aqua A
  • Coventry
  • Worcester

Gala 3: Tamworth: B79 7ND

  1. Rugby
  2. Redditch
  3. Tamworth (Hosting)
  4. Stratford Sharks
  5. Bilston
  6. Blythe Barracudas

13th March 2023

HISTORY BLOG – DOREEN DARBY

It was great to meet up with Doreen Darby yesterday afternoon. For those who are unaware, Doreen was a member of Smethwick Recreational & Athletics Club, Smethwick Swimming Club, then Warley WASPS from the late 1950’s through to late 1980’s. She is still a life member, and at 84, the oldest life member we have.

We have agreed to write a regular blog on those times, memories and the very rich history behind the club. This will include both sections of the club, water polo and swimming. Names from the past spoken about, Bert Owen, Andy & Judy Wilson, John Darby Sn, Bernard Charles Noel Winter, Nick Gillingham, Tim Jones, Roland Lee, Avis Willington and many more.

It was a pleasure to meet and talk swimming and polo with Doreen, and look forward to posting memories and pictures from a time gone by!

12th March 2023

LIVE RESULTS FROM LOCAL OPEN MEETS

The only live link currently is for the Nuneaton & Bedworth Delia Reynolds Open. This can be found on:

Heat sheets for the Stourbridge Crystal open Meet can be found on the following links:

12th March 2023

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE RD1 DRAW – SAT 25TH MAR

Below is a downloadable version of the first round of this years Nuneaton & District Junior League.

8th March 2023

SWIMGAINZ JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RESULTS

The results from this weekends SwimGainz Junior Development League are as follows, the latest league table is also posted:

Gala 5:

  1. Bromsgrove 163
  2. Halesowen 156
  3. Ledbury & Malvern 113

Gala 6:

  1. Stourbridge 181
  2. Cheltenham SWPC 172
  3. Sandwell Aqua Red 100

Gala 7:

  1. Evesham Blue 168
  2. Redditch 158
  3. Evesham Red 143
  4. Sandwell Aqua Black 115

Gala 8:

  1. Worcester 181
  2. Pershore 174
  3. Cheltenham 128
  4. Tewkesbury 110

6th March 2023

GROVE VALE ARE SENDING OUT AN SOS!

Grove Vale Primary School need your help to Save our Swimming –  We need to make £5000 and get 100 supporters so that sport England will make an £8,000 pledge.  The campaign is raising funds for the refurbishment of the swimming pool and to make sure it is able to be used for many more years. The swimming pool has been closed for over a year now, some pupils haven’t even had the chance to use it yet.

You could help by making a pledge to our crowdfunding page here Save our Swimming – or by sharing on your website or social media.  If you have any other ideas or ways you could help us then it would be great to hear from you.

You could also use or share this QR code for us – it can be used to scan to go straight to the fundraising page.

3rd March 2023

EVESHAM BIATHLON 2023

If anyone out there fancies a go at a biathlon, the details are below, along with the link.

https://www.eventrac.co.uk/e/evesham-biathlon-2023-9290?tid=289&utm_campaign=External+Clubs

1st March 2023

SWIMGAINZ JUNIOR LEAGUE – TICKETS

Next round of the SwimGainz Junior League will be held on Saturday 4th March. The full draw can be found from the below link:

https://www.swimgainzjuniorleague.co.uk/the-draw

The tickets for the next round, no matter what team you represent can be found on the following link, tickets should be purchased beforehand:

https://www.swimgainzjuniorleague.co.uk/buy-spectator-tickets

26th February 2023

COUNTY COMPARISONS – WORCS, STAFFS, WARCS

https://results.swimworcestercounty.org/events/swimmingchampionships/2023/WCSA_SwimChamps_2023/webpages/index.htm

https://warwickshireasa.co.uk/Results/WCmeet2023/index.htm

http://results.staffsasa.co.uk/2023staffschamps/

It’s always a good idea to cross refence qualifying times across the 3 local Counties. Here you’ll find the 2023 QT’s for Worcester, Staffordshire and Warwickshire County, along with the results from the competitions. Where short of swimmers in age-groups, would it be an idea to raise the times slightly to ensure full finals, it seems two out of the three Counties have a shortage. This will continue to move through the age-groups and with a drop off, some age-groups by 15’s could be down to two or three swimmers.

21st February 2023

WORLD AQUATICS RULES UPDATE

As you may be aware World Aquatics (FINA) rules for the period 2023-2025 were published on 3 January 2023.

It was subsequently agreed by the three Home Nations that these rules would be implemented for swimming and open water across the board with effect from Friday 10th March 2023.

New CPDs, which form a mandatory part of the relicensing process, will therefore be rolled out to educate officials on the changes. The swimming CPD will be delivered face to face/online – please contact your local Officials Coordinators for details of their plans for rolling out the training. Details of the open water CPD will be emailed to all open water officials in due course.

Other training documentation is in the process of being updated and will be rolled out to those affected.

Please cascade this information to any colleagues that are not registered for Swimming Officials News.

13th February 2023

PERSONAL STATEMENT

The statement has been moved to the Statement/Blog page. This will be updated regularly and a statement will follow once Swim England West Midlands have produced the pending report. We can assure all members/ex-members that nothing undue, untoward from both a financial and governance point of view. All being well, the report will clearly show this after full, open and honest co-operation, and exoneration will persue.

10th February 2023

NUNEATON OPEN MEET ACCEPTED ENTRIES

The accepted entries for the Nuneaton & Bedworth Open meet on 11/12th March 2023 at The Pingles Leisure Centre, CV11 4LX, are now available to download below on the link:

https://www.sportsys.co.uk/programme/?id=1203&i=3

Please use the drop down to choose ‘Sandwell’.

6th February 2023

CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG – CRY

This is a charity we’ve supported and raised money for in the past, and it is worth reading on and seeing what CRY has to offer with regards to our young athletes getting themselves tested:

CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test. Results should be read by a cardiologist. For extra clarity an Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan) can also be done. If there has been a young (under 35) sudden death in the family, the family is entitled to be screened on the NHS. All of CRY’s public events are free to attend.

At a CRY screening we use a medical history questionnaire and ECG, echocardiograms are carried out on the day also if our Dr requests further investigation is required.

For further details follow the below link:

www.c-r-y.org.uk

4th February 2023

GOAL SETTING SHEETS – CLUB INFORMATION PAGE

Goal setting sheets have been updated and can now be found and downloaded on the ‘Club Information’ page.

4th February 2023

SANDWELL AQUATICS WORCS COUNTY SUCCESSES

Some excellent swimming took place over the weekend at Perdiswell Leisure Centrer, Worcester. The Sandwell Aqua swimmers were on top form with a host of personal best, seasonal best, Regional QT’s, finals reached and medals won, in the first weekend of the Worcester County Championships. Well done to all who competed.

Results:

  • Gold – 9
  • Silver – 8
  • Bronze – 12
  • Finals reached – 46 swimmers
  • Regional Qualifying Times – 32 (11 Swimmers)

Looking forward to the second weekend 11/12th February.

30th January 2023

SWIMGAINZ – ANALYSIS & DEVELOPMENT

About Us

With over 30 years competitive experience in both pool and open water swimming, Swimgainz has been developed to provide coaching, technical analysis and development for anyone with a desire to learn and improve.

Whether you are a triathlete, open water swimmer, competitive swimmer or someone who just wants develop their swimming technique, Swimgainz can offer coaches who have extensive knowledge and experience to support you . 

Both Ryan and Josh have swam at National and International level and have more recently enjoyed the world of open water swimming, culminating in Ryan being a proud member of the ‘Big Rick’s 4 Way Channel Relay Team’ in 2018. The team of 6 were the first from Great Britain and Europe to complete this monumental feat. 

Alongside this experience both are fully qualified Level 2 Swim England Coaches . Both volunteer their time coaching at Halesowen Swimming Club and Josh also provides his expertise to the University of Birmingham swimming squad.

OUR SERVICES:

  • VIDEO ANALYSIS & 1 TO 1 COACHING
  • ADULT LEARN TO SWIM CRASH COURSE
  • TRIATHLETE AND OPEN WATER SWIMMER DEVELOPMENT
  • Club Day Hire
  • SWIMGAINZ ACADEMY

WEBSITE: www.swimgainz.co.uk

27th January 2023

SWIMGAINZ JD LEAGUE RESULTS – SAT 7TH JAN

The results from both teams are now available to ownload from the ‘Results’ page. The league table can be found on the below link:

https://www.swimgainzjuniorleague.co.uk/the-draw

15th January 2023

WORCESTER COUNTY DISTANCES SUNDAY 15TH JANUARY

The spectator entry will be pay on the door and will be £3 per session. The County have asked if you can bring the correct change please?

The programme states morning session warm up is at 9.30 am for a 10.00 am start for the 1500m Free. The afternoon session warm up is estimated to be 12.30 pm for a 1.00 pm start for the 800m Free.

Regards

Lynne Willetts

Sandwell Aquatics Club Competitions Secretary

10th January 2023

WEST MIDLANDS 2023 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TIMES

10th January 2023

SWIMGAINZ JD LEAGUE RESULTS – SAT 7TH JAN

A huge well done to all the swimmers from Sandwell Aqua ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ in yesterday evenings first round of the new look SwimGainz Junior Development League (SwimGainz JDL). All swimmers performed exceedingly well and can be pleased and proud of their performances. For many, it was their first ever taste of competitive swimming and hopefully will be the start of a long and successful career in the sport, you were up against some very good teams!

The atmosphere on the poolside was excellent (and very busy all round), the balcony was very nearly full, and it all added up to create a very enjoyable gala for all.

Final Results SA ‘Red’ (Gala 1):

  • 1 WORCESTER 134
  • 2 REDDITCH 131
  • 3 SANDWELL AQUA RED 85

SA ‘Black’ (Gala 2): Results now available

  • 1 = HALESOWEN 120
  • 1= PERSHORE 120
  • 3 SANDWELL AQUA BLACK 104

Full results will be posted and distributed shortly.

Many thanks to the officials, team managers, poolside helpers and parents for all your support.

10th January 2023

SWIMGAINZ ROSS LEAGUE TICKETS – SAT 7TH JAN

The entry tickets for the SwimGainz Ross League can be bought from the below link. You must purchase your tickets beforehand as they won’t be available on the door. Both Sandwell Aquatics Red and Black are at the same pool but 2 different resulting galas.

https://www.swimgainzjuniorleague.co.uk/buy-spectator-tickets

Draw:

Gala 1-

  • WORCESTER
  • REDDITCH
  • SANDWELL AQUA RED

Gala 2-

  • HALESOWEN
  • PERSHORE
  • SANDWELL AQUA BLACK

3rd January 2022

SWIMGAINZ ROSS LEAGUE ROUND 1 TEAM LISTS – SAT 7TH JANUARY

The team lists for the first round of the Ross League are now available for perusal on our ‘Tem Lists’ page. The lists will also be available at Langley and swimmers will be notified shortly via email with regards to team selection.

Both the ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ team will be swimming at Halesowen Leisure Centre, with a 6.00 p.m. warm up.

28th December 2022

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2023 – UPLOADED FORMS & INFO

The membership details can now be found on our ‘Sandwell Aqua Membership’ page. The page is password protected. This can be messaged out to members who require the password to access the form (please contact Marc via FB page or text etc…), Membership Fees and also the new monthly fees for Learn To Swim, and squad fees.

  • All Standing Orders to Warley WASPS can now be cancelled and re-set up to the new details outlined on the ‘Sandwell Aqua Membership’ page.
  • All renewals of Swim England membership will all be going through Sandwell Aquatics Club.
  • Everyone will receive an email with a link to an online membership form. The form is also available on the ‘Sandwell Aqua Membership’ page.
  • The email will also include bank details for your new Standing Order payments and information on fees from January 1st 2023 (again, all contained on ‘Sandwell Aqua Membership’ page).

21st December 2022

MESSAGE FROM YOUR RETIRING CHAIRMAN

I hope you are all keeping well, especially during this cold winter weather

I wish to inform you that on 31 December 2022, I will formally resign my position as Chairman of Warley Wasps Swimming and Polo Club. It has been a pleasure and privilege to be actively involved in the running and activities of the club for over 40 years, most of which have been on the committee in one capacity or another.

In some ways, this is a sad time as the Club is about to merge with Sandwell Aquatics club, which is itself a merger of Oldbury and Haden Hill Swimming clubs. As with all mergers, this has not been without it’s problems and the merger on 1 January 2023, has seen some difficulties. These will be overcome and it is my intention to re register my Swim England Membership with Sandwell Aquatics, as indeed all Warley members will be required to do.

I am grateful for the support which I have received from you all throughout the time I have been actively involved, and know that this will continue now and into the future. This will ensure the continued development and success of the enlarged merged club, to the benefit of the youngsters and not so young residents of Sandwell.

Finally, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2023.

Regards

Ray

17th December 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY FORMS

Just a reminder that the deadline is this coming Thursday (15th December). Could you please hand in your entries before 7pm? I will make a brief visit to collect and I expect to leave around that time.

If you are swimming the Bromsgrove meet, can you please highlight this on your entry form? If you achieve any further County times at the meet, please email me.

Regards

Lynne Willetts

Sandwell Aquatics Club Competitions Secretary

13th December 2022

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES – TIMETABLE – SPLASH NIGHTS

The Christmas timetable can be downloaded below.

Our usual small pool splash nights will be as follows:

  • Wednesday 14th December 5.30 – 8.00 p.m.
  • Friday 16th December 5.30 – 8.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 17th December 8.00 – 9.00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 14th December will be splash night for 6.30-7.45 p.m. squads (possibly seniors too).

LTS and squad training will resume from Wednesday 4th January 2023.

30th November 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY MERCHANDISE

If you wish to order merchandise, can you please order before Christmas if possible, as the suppliers’ printers close for 2 weeks over the Christmas period.

Link to Swimpath for ordering is: 

https://www.swimpath.co.uk/collections/worcester-county-championships-2023-merchandise

29th November 2022

TEAM LISTS – ARENA LEAGUE FINAL ROUND

The team lists are now available to download from our ‘Team Lists’ tab. The password is the usual one, anyone requiring the password, please feel free to ask.

The A team are swimming their round at: West Bromwich Leisure Centre, B70 7AZ

The B team are swimming their round at: Wyndley Leisure Centre, Sutton C’field, B73 6EB

Could all parents let the usual people know about availability so reserves can be contacted in good time.

27th November 2022

PRESENTATION EVENING – RAFFLE PRIZES

Dear Parents and swimmers
Many thanks to those who attended our Presentation Evening last night. 
I would like to apologise for the issues that we experienced with the venue, in particular regarding the bar and seating. The venue was booked and paid for in good faith, with the owner aware of our needs. It was very difficult to find a venue that could cater for the large number of people we were looking to host and on the night he didn’t deliver what he had promised us. Unfortunately we were not able to resolve some of these issues at the time. I spoke in length to the brother of the owner who has promised a written apology that I can forward to our members. When received I will send this out to you. 
The delays meant that we did not announce the raffle winners last night so I have included below a list of the winning tickets. If you are a lucky winner, please send me a message and we can make sure the prize gets to you this week at one of our sessions. 

TICKET NO:          PRIZE

  • PINK 380                Miniature Vodka Selection
  • PINK 383                Bottle of white wine
  • PINK 391                Spirit and Chocolate Hamper (donated by the Stokes family)
  • PINK 396                Bottle of white wine
  • PINK 420                Miniature Gin Selection
  • PINK 470                Sanctuary Spa Gift set
  • PINK 480                Model Puzzle
  • PINK 495                4 Gin glasses
  • PINK 501                Bottle of Rosé Prosecco
  • PINK 502                Bottle of Bucks Fizz
  • PINK 513                Bottle of white wine
  • PINK 530                4 Wine Glasses
  • PINK 531                 £10 voucher Allens of Kingsbury
  • PINK 547                 Wine Gift Set
  • PINK 561                 £10 voucher Allens of Kingsbury
  • PINK 562                 Bottle of Rosé wine
  • PINK 564                Christmas Drinks Cup
  • PINK 581                50% Discount Voucher for 6 tickets Aladdin (Grand Theatre)
  • PINK 607                Coordinated bathroom set (donated by Darci’s Creations)
  • PINK 624                Questionable Quiz game
  • PINK 626                 Box of Swizzles Favourites 
  • YELLOW 161          25 Lap Karting Voucher 
  • YELLOW 169          Bottle of Prosecco
  • YELLOW 192          Tub of Roses 
  • YELLOW 210          SwimGainz Band
  • YELLOW 220          Swim Therapy Voucher
  • YELLOW 267          Ticket to West Midlands Safari Park
  • YELLOW 284          Signed Adam Peaty swim hat
  • YELLOW 311          Bottle of white wine
  • YELLOW 338          Radley watch 

THANK YOU’s

I didn’t get a chance to say this last night as I was very conscious of time, but I would like to thank a number of people: 
Firstly, all parents for their support over the past 12 months, particularly with the changes in training sessions and venues. We all appreciate that trying to be in 2 places at the same time is not easy!

 
Secondly, the coaches and teachers who provide such a high standard of lessons/training day in, day out. The success in the pool that we celebrated last night is down to the belief and effort of these individuals. 


I would like to thank all of the swimmers for their amazing ability to take the changes in their stride and get on with what they do best. Seeing swimmers from the 3 legacy clubs of Haden Hill, Warley Wasps and Oldbury mixing as if they had always been together was a definite highlight of my evening. 


And lastly, our team of volunteers that help to run the clubs. From the people taking the register when you arrive, those who support the young people on poolside in galas and competitions as team managers and officials, those who work behind the scenes managing finance, organising events, communications and so much more. These amazing volunteers all have jobs and families, and yet still find the time to do their best for our clubs and our children. Without them giving up countless hours of their time the clubs simply would cease to exist. 

Kindest Regards,
Alison 
Alison Drew-CunniffeChair
Sandwell Aquatics Club 

Full results are now available from our ‘Club Champs 2022’ tab.

26th November 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY ENTRY FORMS

Dear Parents and Swimmers

These championships are for qualifying swimmers only who have achieved the qualifying time for events in their age group, either in a licensed open meet or our licensed club championships. Times must have been achieved in the qualifying period between 1st January 2022 and 18th December 2022 and times must be on the Swim England ranking list. Your time on the Swim England ranking list will be the time automatically used for entry.

Age groups are 10/11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 & over and it is age at 31st December 2023.

I have attached the entry form, qualifying times, and programme of events.

The cost of each event is £6.

The deadline for you to hand in your entry form is Thursday 15th December 2022. Please hand your form to either Claire Steele or Keith Jones and I will be at Langley on 15th December to collect the entry forms. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Your entry fee plus a £2 admin fee per swimmer should be transferred to the Oldbury bank account. Please enter a payment reference of ‘County’. The admin fee is towards the cost of the Coaches poolside passes.

Regards

Lynne Willetts

Sandwell Aquatics Club Competitions Secretary

Entry forms for the 2023 Worcester County Championships can be downloaded below. Paper copies will be made available and left on the club desk throughout the week.

26th November 2022

CLUB KIT REMINDER

Just a reminder that the deadline for ordering the new SA kit is tomorrow (Fri 25th Nov). Payment must also be transferred by this date (into the usual account – Oldbury Swimming and Triathlon Club) to ensure that your order is processed. 
There are some paper copies of the form on the notice board at Langley, alternatively the form is available on the ‘CLUB KIT’ tab on here, the password is our usual one.

24th November 2022

STOURBRIDGE STORM FORCE OPEN MEET SPECTATOR TICKETS

Parents of Swimmers  

StormForce is taking place next weekend & as this is a sold-out Open Meet Stourbridge Swimming Club are having to limit the allocation of spectator tickets to each Club attending.  

From our allocation of tickets, we are only able to offer one ticket per swimmer/family per session.   Each ticket for each session being £3.  

Sessions are below:- 

Saturday (3rd)  AM Session(GREEN) £3PM Session(PURPLE) £3
Sunday (4thAM Session(RED) £3PM Session(BLUE) £3

Please kindly reply to this email (sandwellaquatics@outlook.com) indicating what sessions you will require a ticket for (remember for the time being it is 1 ticket per swimmer/family per session).  

Please also make payment for any tickets requested to our usual Club account with the reference STORMSPEC.  You will only be given your tickets/wristbands once payment has been received.  

Should we have any spectator tickets remaining once all requests have been received then these will of course be offered out.  

Please could you reply & make payment by no later than 6pm on Sunday 27 November to allow us enough time to co-ordinate tickets & get them handed over to you on poolside before the Open Meet weekend.  

Please do let me know if you have any queries. 

Kind regards,  

Claire.  
Claire SteeleSandwell Aquatics Team 

23rd November 2022

GIRLS WATER POLO

NEW – West Midlands Water Polo Girls Only Sessions

We are pleased to open up our girls only sessions to any girls currently in an aquatic discipline in The West Midlands Region and under 18 years old. If you have ever thought about Water Polo and wanted to give it a try our November session will be a really good introduction to the sport.

Our girls only sessions have multiple coaches who work at all levels to give the girls valuable skills to hopefully go forth and represent the region at various competitions. Our November session will have a dedicated coach giving an introduction to the sport and teaching the basics of Water Polo.

Our under 14 Inter regional team will also be training and will showcase a game to which attendees can get involved in if they feel like it or ask questions to learn more about the game.

Date: Sunday 27th November 2022

Time: 4.15– 6.15pm

Location: Xcel Leisure Centre, Coventry CV4 8DY

Cost: £10; cash on the day only please. 

For more information and to book a place please contact: Catherine Martin, West Midlands Girls Regional Development Co-Ordinator on: Cat.martin@gmail.com

18th November 2022

ARENA LEAGUE – RESULTS, TABLE ETC…

All the latest news, results, league table and venues for the next round can be found on the following link:

The ‘A’ Team will be at West Bromwich Lesiure Centre on 10th December and will be hosting:

  • Halesowen
  • Bromsgrove
  • Sandwell Aqua ‘A’
  • Boldmere ‘B’
  • Ledbury & Malvern
  • Etwall Eagles

The ‘B’ Team will be at Wyndley Leisure Centre (Sutton):

  • Perry Beeches
  • Burntwood
  • Sandwell Aqua ‘B’
  • Cheadle
  • Camp Hill

16th November 2022

STOURBRIDGE OPEN MEET ACCEPTED ENTRIES

All of the accepted entries for the Stourbridge Open Meet can be downloaded below:

16th November 2022

NOTICE OF EGM – SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2022

Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting of

Warley Amateur Swimming and Polo Club (WASPS)                   

The Meeting is to take place at 15.00hrs (3.00p.m.) on

  • Sunday 11th December 2022
  • At West Bromwich Leisure Centre

The purpose of the meeting is to agree by a vote carried by at least three quarters of members present and entitled to vote,  the dissolution of Warley Wasps (WASPS) in order that all existing and future members may become members of Sandwell Aquatics Club with effect from the Swim England Annual renewal date of 1st January 2023.

The dissolution is to take effect from midnight on 11th December 2022.

The reason for the dissolution on this date is to enable renewal/membership of Sandwell Aquatics Club from 1st January 2023, in light of the need to submit entries for Worcester County Swimming Championships 2023, the closing date for which is 20th December 2022.

The residual committee members shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of Warley Wasps thereafter.

After settling all liabilities of the club, the committee shall dispose of the net assets to Sandwell Aquatics Club it being a registered Charity, and having similar sports purposes.

Ray Evans:  Chairman

On behalf of Warley Wasps

Committee and members

“A quorum at a General Meeting shall be 20 Senior members (currently Swim England paid members of 16 years of age at the end of this year) plus Life Members.

Members being allowed a vote shall be Senior members, as above plus all currently paid S.E. members 13 years of age and above.

Parents of currently S.E. paid members may attend but may not take part in discussions and are not entitled to vote unless S.E. paid members themselves.”

15th November 2022

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS & PRESENTATION EVENING

The Club Championships results (they are subject to potential change) are now available to download from our ‘Club Champs 2022’ tab.

This years Presentation Evening will take place on Friday 25th November at Castle Hill Banqueting Suite, Dudley, DY1 4QF. The ticket cost for the event are as follows:

  • £6.50 Adults
  • £4.50 Children (Ages 3 – 12)

Please speak to Ruth or Stacey so tickets can be reserved, there is a limit on the evening of 500-550. The evening is open to all swimmers across the board, from Learn to Swim to Masters, from all clubs. Small pool medals will be presented on the night too.

Tickets will now be available to buy on our front desk on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (morning).

15th November 2022

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS

A big well done to all the swimmers from Sandwell Aqua ‘A’ in yesterday evenings Arena League second round, in Leamington. All swam very well and be pleased and proud of their performances, from start to finish we competed to a high standard in all races and produced an excellent third placed result.

Sandwell Aqua ‘B’ had an even better result with a second place finish up in Repton (results to be posted once received).

The results of Sandwell Aqua ‘A’ can be found on our ‘Results Page’ – newly added to this site (password is the usual).

Final Reults SA ‘A’:

  1. Repton A 244
  2. Flitwick Dolphins 177
  3. Sandwell Aqua ‘A’ 175
  4. Ledbury & Malvern 125
  5. Etwall eagles 119

13th November 2022

SANDWELL AQUA NEW CLUB KIT

There is a new tab ‘Club Kit’. Here you can see the new club kit on offer. All the details, pricing, sizes and where and how to pay can be found. The password for the page is the usual one.

11th November 2022

NEW MEMBERS UP TO DECEMBER

Any new members joining the club from now until the end of the year, will only pay 50% of membership fee, any shortfall towards Swim England/Regional membership will be subsidised by the club.

20th October 2022

ALLENS OF KINGSBURY 20% DISCOUNT

16th October 2022

SANDWELL AQUATICS – SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

14th September 2022

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 1 RESULTS

Well done to all the swimmers competing last night in the first round of this years Arena League. We had two teams out, one at West Bromwich and one up in Bramcote. Both teams did exceptionally well, with many excellent performances recorded. Sandwell A produced a second place finish to a very strong squad setup, while the B team finished a very close forth, with a full team would have been a definate third place.

Many thanks to all the parents, poolside helpers and officials for helping to making both galas a success!

Final Results:

West Bromwich

  1. Repton 235
  2. Sandwell Aqua ‘A’ 157
  3. Long Eaton 149
  4. Boldmere ‘B’ 124
  5. Northgate 114
  6. Halesowen 103

Bramcote

  1. Evesham 149
  2. Dronefield Dolphins 140
  3. Burntwood 116
  4. Sandwell Aqua ‘B’ 113
  5. Swadlincote 110

The gala results and League Tables can be found on the following links:

The gala results from Sandwell A & B will be released shortly.

10th October 2022

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – OCTOBER 2022

Our Learn To Swim Programme runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. There are currently spaces available for all Stages, but very limited in the earlier timed sessions. We accept swimmers from the age of 4 upwards.

Please feel free to distribute our numbers and email addresses to anyone interested in Learning To Swim or Competitive swimming (contact details are available from the relevant pages on here) . Enquiries can also be emailed to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Spaces available for Learn To Swim on:

Wednesday and Friday are:

  • Stages Pre 1, 1 and 2 6.00 – 6.30 p.m. (these spaces are very limited), 6.30 – 7.00 p.m., 7.00 – 7.30 p.m.
  • Stages 3 & 4 5.30 – 6.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. (these two sessions are in Large Pool at Langley – widths and half lengths), & 7.30 – 8.00 p.m (Small Pool Langley – Lengths).

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.

Our contact details for Learn to Swim, can be found under the ‘Learn To Swim Programme’ tab on here. Please leave a message with brief details of requirements and we’ll contact you back at earliest possible time.

2nd October 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS

The results from this years Division 3 Final are now available to download from our ‘Members’ page. They are in pdf format. Please ask if you require the password for the page. Many apologies for the delay in releasing the results.

2nd October 2022

NEW POOL PROGRAMME AVAILABLE

The new Pool Programme is available to download in 2 places from here: ‘Competitive Programme‘ tab, and from the ‘Members‘ page. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about the availability of sessions.

26th September 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT MEET

A huge well done to all the swimmers competing as Sandwell Aqua at Wolverhampton over the weekend. Some fantastic swims were swum, many person bests achieved and a lot of medals won!

Breakdown of results:

Session 1-2 (Ages 9-11)

  • 4 Gold
  • 7 Silver
  • 6 Bronze

Session 3-4 (Ages 12-14)

  • 7 Gold
  • 12 Silver
  • 9 Bronze

A total of 127 times were bettered from their entry times! Overall, a massively successful meet, well done all, your hard work is paying off, keep it up!!

25th September 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL – PROMOTION GAINED

Excellent result from last night, Warley WASPS are back in Division 2! A very tough gala, Evesham and Walsall pulled away from the rest of the teams and we comfortbly sat in 3rd place, where we stayed all gala. Another super performance from our swimmers and yet another promotion to add to the list.

We are going to be pushing a recruitment drive. 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 Tim/Marc know and they will distribute the leaflets out.

Final Results:

1. WALSALL 237

2. EVESHAM 232

3. WARLEY WASPS 188

4. CHEADLE 138

5. NUNEATON ‘B’ 133

6. CAMP HILL 86

Well done to all, swimmers, parents, poolside helpers and officials, you helped to make our final gala memorable!

11th September 2022

SPONSORED SWIM – 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE

Many thanks for all who entered our sponsored swim and to all swimmers/parents who obtained sponsorship for the club. A special thanks goes out to all the teachers/coaches and helpers who made the night a great success. We managed to raise in excess of £1250, well done all!!

17th August 2022

SPONSORED SWIM – 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE

Many thanks to all the swimmers and parents who helped out at last weeks Sponsored Swim, at the Tipton and Langey sessions, we had well over 100 swimmers taking part from Stage 3 through our seniors. We not only swam up the 3 Peaks, we did more than enough to swim back down and across the Channel.

Super swimming all!!! Many thanks for all the help with regards to counting and organising!

Sponsor money can be handed in on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning of this coming week.

19th July 2022

MERGER UPDATE – MEMBERS PAGE

There is a merger announcement on our members page (Merger News Tab) regarding the next phase of joint training. Please have a read, any questions will be answered over the coming days.

14th July 2022

WOLVERHAMPTON OPEN MEET RESULTS

Well done to all the swimmers who attended the Wolverhampton Open Meet this weekend. There were a number of amazing personal bests swum and 35 medals won and 4 swimmers made the skins final, with a first and third place achieved.

Medal haul:

  • Gold 8
  • Silver 15
  • Bronze 12

Many thanks for parents support and special thanks to Jason and Stacey for their help on the poolside.

11th July 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS GLOUCESTER

Well done to all the Sandwell teams in yesterday afternoons and evenings PGL Ross League final. It was a very tough final to be, going into the final as 8th placed team, we knew it would be a hard call to ask anything more of our swimmers. We had 10 swimmers missing, 9’s swimming up as 10’s and 10’s swimming up as 11’s to cover shortness in relays, we refrained from asking some of our usual junior swimmers as it was these swimmers that got us to the final in the first instance and we still managed to gain 198 points! Well done to all involved, excellent atmosphere all round on poolside. Many thanks to all the poolside helpers, officials, parents and coaches for attending and supporting this year in the league.

Many thanks to Evesham, especially to Graham, for organising this years event!

‘A’ Final Results:

  1. WORCESTER 305 (may have misheard this score)
  2. EVESHAM 304
  3. BROMSGROVE 297
  4. CHELTENHAM SWPC 280
  5. PERSHORE 265
  6. REDDITCH 258
  7. SANDWELL AQUA BLUE 217
  8. SANDWELL AQUA BLACK 198

The full results are now available from our ‘Members’ page.

26th June 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS – PINGLES

Our Junior team swam in the final round of the Nuneaton Junior League in Nuneaton last night. We knew a good result would safely see us into the final in September. Last night we think we did enough to reach the divisional final. The comprised of 5 of the top 6 teams, so it was going to be a test from the start.

After 12 events we were joint first and by the mid-way we were leading by 3 points. The 3rd quarter of the gala saw us drop off the lead pace somewhat, but we picked up in the final quarter with some impressive displays, especially in the relays.

By the end of the gala we had finished in a fairly close and creditable 3rd place and booked ourselves into the final in September. The swimmers were a credit to the club and produced 24 personal best swims (75% of all swims).

A very big thanks goes out to all the swimmers, parents, poolside helpers and officials (from all clubs) for their help, a special thanks to Stacey for organising the WW staffing and to Delia Reynolds from Nuneaton for helping out with organising the recording spreadsheets and starting device.

Final Results:

  1. Walsall 265
  2. Evesham 254
  3. Warley WASPS 240
  4. Droitwich Dolphins 197
  5. Oswestry Otters 191
  6. Boldmere ‘B’ 190
  7. Broadway 63

The results are available to download from our ‘Members’ page.

19th June 2022

MERCIAN LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS

Last night our senior team swam in the second round of the Mercian Summer League at Pingles, Nuneaton. This was always going to be a very tough gala and with many new swimmers competing up from PGL Ross League into a senior league, it added to the difficulty. However, the experience gained from competing at this next level is invaluable, it shows what can be achieved with hard work. With 16 swimmers with Regional times not allowed to swim and a number of injuries and absences we still competed and still had full age-groups, ensuring that all had the opportunity to swim, even if it meant a few of our more senior swimmers helping out.

The atmosphere on the poolside was excellent and all swam to the best of their ability. Out of 34 individual swims we produced 28 personal best times (a huge 82.4%). Excellent swimming all!

Many thanks to the poolside helpers, officials and parents for your continued support.

The full results will be posted once they’ve been recieved.

Final Results:

  1. WORCESTER 235
  2. KINGSBURY AQU 191
  3. LEAMINGTON SPA 182
  4. SOLIHULL 169
  5. LICHFIELD 126
  6. WARLEY WASPS 122

12th June 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY QUALIFYING TIMES 2023

The Qualifying Times for next years Worcester County Championships can now be found and downloaded on on our ‘Club Information’ page.

5th June 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE CURRENT TABLE & FULL DRAW

The current standings in the league table can be downloaded below along with the full draw for the next round of the league on Saturday 18th June.

25th May 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS

Another great performance from our junior team. we had a number of issues with team selection, swimmers unavailable and some 15 changes to team sheets on poolside…all of these did not stop our swimmers performing to high degree of standard and we still produced an excellent result…First place!

Well done to all the swimmers, the pool area was compact, hot and very noisy, but you all did yourselves, your parents and coaches proud. Many thanks also to all the officials and poolside helpers at the gala, you all help to keep the gala running smoothly!

Final Results:

  1. WARLEY WASPS 265
  2. DROITWICH DOLPHINS 256
  3. BOLDMERE ‘B’
  4. NUNEATON & BEDWORTH ‘B’ 183
  5. CAMP HILL 156
  6. BROADWAY SC 135
  7. TELFORD AQUA 123

Final Results of Gala 2 in Division 3 (unofficial):

  1. EVESHAM & WALSALL 243
  2. OSWESTRY OTTERS 180
  3. CHEADLE 165
  4. SOLIHULL ‘B’
  5. TAMWORTH 68

Evesham & Walsall tied for first place, this should go back to first places, second places etc…

We can safely say that we have certainly cemented our position in third place. We require a full team for Round 3 to ensure we gain a place in the final, which will hopefully lead to a quick return to Division 2, ready for the merger.

Full results are now ready to download from our members page.

15th May 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE ROUND 4 RESULTS SAT 7th MAY

The results are now vailable to download on our ‘Members’ page.

The gala itself was a very close affair, and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions. Yet again the swimmers did themselves very proud and produced a third placed finish, 1 point from 2nd place and only 4 points from 1st. Well done all and excellent result.

This result means that we have made the PGL Ross League ‘A’ Final. The gala will take place at Gloucester GL Leisure Centre on Saturday 25th June, 5.00 p.m. warm up. We are hoping to provide a coach for the final.

Final Draw:

B Final – 1.30 p.m. Warm Up

  • TEWKSBURY
  • STOURBRIDGE
  • EVESHAM RED
  • LEDBURY & MALVERN
  • CHELTENHAM PHOENIX
  • HALESOWEN
  • SANDWELL AQUA GREEN
  • GLOUCESTER

A Final – 5.00 p.m. Warm Up

  • CHELTENHAM SWPC
  • PERSHORE
  • BROMSGROVE
  • EVESHAM BLUE
  • REDDITCH
  • WORCESTER
  • SANDWELL AQUA BLUE
  • SANDWELL AQUA BLACK

Team sheet will be availble nearer the date.

14th May 2022

2022 WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

We’ve had an excellent two weekends at the West Midlands Regional Championships in Coventry this year. With 15 swimmers achieving Regional Qualifying Times, we broke our previous record of 10. They all performed remarkably well, producing some massive personal bests, then produced even more in the finals. Yet again it was a pleasure to watch and be a part of. You all did yourselves, parents, coaches and club proud.

By the end of the competition we had achieved:

  • 23 Finals
  • 14 Medals
  • 1 Gold
  • 6 Silver
  • 7 Bronze

This doubled our previous record (in modern times) of 7 medals. With the finals and medals also achieved by Sandwell Aquatics, the future of Sandwell swimming is looking very biright!

9th May 2022

TEST EVENT RELAY RESULTS – SAT 30TH APRIL

Well done to all the Sandwell swimmers who competed in last weeks Test Event Championships and the evenings Relay Gala. We were all glad to be part of such a historic event and be some of the first swimmers to compete in the pool. There were lots of medals won and many personal bests set.

Many thanks has to go to all the organisers, helpers, officials, coaches and parents from within Sandwell Aquatics. The atmosphere was amazing and the venue is world class!

Final Results:

  1. Worcester 209
  2. Evesham/Pershore 174
  3. Stourbridge 168
  4. Sandwell Aqua 1 158
  5. Halesowen 141
  6. Sandwell Aqua 2 139
  7. Ledbury & Malvern 94
  8. Droitwich Dolphins 92

6th May 2022

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEKEND 1

An excellent weekend of competition, swimmers producing personal best times, 17 finals achieved and 11 medals won, 1 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze! The recent previous record for Regional medals was 7, set some 5 years, this has well beaten that record and there’s still one weekend to go!

Well done all, you’ve done yourselves, parents, coaches and club proud! It was a pleasure to watch! Bring on this weekends competition.

6th May 2022

The team list for the second round of the Nuneaton Junior League is now available to download on the members page.

The second round of the Nuneaton Junior League is to be held on Saturday 14th May. The team list is available to download below, we do need to know availablity asap so reserves can be contacted. Please contact Marc with availability as soon as possible. the round will take place at the Pingle Leisure Centre, Nuneaton, CV11 4LX.

The current league table, first round results etc…can be found on the leagues new website below:

3rd May 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS

This afternoon saw our senior team compete at Droitwich in the final round of the Worcester Winter League. As one of the top 4 teams competing in this gala, it was always going to be a very tough competition. We produced a very good performance, with many personal best times being recorded, but against some of the strongest teams, not only in Worcester County, but the Midlands, we did struggle to hold our own.

This does not in anyway detract from the fact that we earnt the right to swim in the top gala with two superb performances in round one and two. Yet again the swimmers were a credit to the club, themselves, and their parents. Many thanks to all for supporting the club over this years competition and a big thanks to officials, chaperones and coaches who have been a huge help.

Gala 3 Results:

  1. REDDITCH 213
  2. WORCESTER GREEN 185
  3. PERSHORE 176
  4. SANDWELL STORM 147

Gala 2 Result:

  1. Stourbridge 202
  2. Orion 192
  3. Worcester Blue 168
  4. Sandwell Sharks 160

Gala 1 Result:

  1. Evesham 204
  2. Perry Beeches 175
  3. Droitwich Dolphins 170
  4. Sandwell Strikers 143

The full results will be posted once they’ve been processed.

24th April 2022

ALLENS OF KINGSBURY – 10% OFF CODE

Ruth has kindly setup an account with Allens of Kingsbury, who are a local swimwear supplier. By quoting the following code: wasps10 anyone wishing to purchase from them will get a 10% discount.

Their website is: www.allensswimwear.co.uk

24th April 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES- RESULTS

A huge well done to our Junior team on Saturday evening. It was a tough and close gala throughout and we managed an excellent second placed finsh. We had a number of changes to make on pool side and missed 3 individual events, but even so, we persevered and produced a superb final result. Well done to all the swimmers competing, many thanks to the officials, pool side helpers and coaches.

Final Results:

  1. Pershore 170
  2. Sandwell Aqua Black 140
  3. Ledbury & Malvern 135
  4. Tewksbury 116

The final results can be found on our members page and the league results and league table on the below file. The next round will be held on Saturday 7th May and will be held in Cheltenham. We will be looking at putting on a coach for this gala.

12th April 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE FINAL – SUNDAY 24TH APRIL – TEAM LIST

The team list for the Worcester Winter League Final is now available on our members page. This is going to be a very tough final, so we need as close to a full strength team as possible.

The round will take place on Sunday 24th April 2022 at Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre, WR9 0RZ, with a 2.30 p.m. warm up. There will be no training at West Bromwich on this Sunday due to coaches and swimmers being at the final.

Draw:

  • Worcester Green
  • Redditch
  • Sandwell Storm
  • Pershore

12th April 2022

NUNEATON JUNIOR LEAGUE – SHREWS & NOVA OPEN RESULTS

Well done to all of our swimmers competing this weekend; we’ve had many medals, personal bests and more Regional Qualifying Times from the Shrewsbury Open Meet; personal bests and medals from the Nova Open Meet in Nottingham and an outstanding performance from our junior team swimming in the first round of the Nuneaton Junior League in Tamworth.

Final gala results:

  1. Evesham 263
  2. Warley WASPS 237
  3. Camp Hill 172
  4. Solihull ‘B’ 130
  5. Tamworth 70
  6. Telford Aqua DNS

2nd April 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE ROUND 3 – SATURDAY 9TH APRIL – REDDITCH

The next round of the PGL Ross League will be held on Saturday 9th April at Abbey Stadium, Redditch, B97 6EJ. The warm Up will commence at 5.00 p.m. and the competition will start at 5.30 p.m.

The team sheet is now available to download from our ‘Members’ page. Can we please have confirmations asap.

29th March 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE RD 2 RESULTS & RD 3 DRAW

The draw for the final round has been made and we are at Droitwich with a 2.30 p.m. warm up for a 3.00 p.m. start. The tie will take place on Sunday 24th April.

There is a little buit of a descrepancy with our results i.e. Redditch and Worcester Green should be swapped around, but don’t think it will change the draw. We are in the upper final for the first time in many years, well done to all. The final will be a tough round.

29th March 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS – UPLOADED

The results have now been updated and uploaded onto our ‘Members’ page. It was another excellent team performance, great atmosphere and team spriit between the swimmers, which resulted in a second place finish, splitting the two Worcester teams. Many thanks to all the swimmers, parents, poolside helpers and officials for their continued support.

Final Reults:

  1. Worcester Green 231
  2. Sandwell Storm (WW) 190
  3. Worcester blue 181
  4. Sandwell Strikers 128

The full results have now been posted.

27th March 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE – RESULTS

Another fantastic result last night in the second round of the PGL Ross League. We are awaiting the gala results, once we recieve them they’ll go onto our results page. The atmosphere was amazing, the team spirit was excellent and the positions changed frequently throughout the gala, with us finishing in a superb second position.

Well done to all those that swam, again a number of first time swimmers, taking the total to 26 so far, many thanks to the coaching staff, poolside helpers and officials, you all came together to help another excellent result!

Final Results:

  1. REDDITCH 178
  2. SANDWELL AQU BLK (THE WASPS) 141
  3. CHELTENHAM SWPC 133
  4. SANDWELL AQU GRN (H.HILL) 123

The next round will be on 9th April, again at Abbey Stadium, Redditch, against:

  • PERSHORE
  • TEWKESBURY
  • SANDWELL AQU BLK (WASPS)
  • LEDBURY & MALVERN

6th March 2022

SANDWELL AQUATICS DUEL MEMBERSHIP FORM

The duel membership forms for Sandwell Aquatics can be downloaded from our Policies and Forms page. They can be emailed to:

waspsmembership.com

or just handed in on our front desk. This means members will still continue to be members of Warley WASPS and we will continue as normal. It will not effect, in any way, competitions or the entry into competitions.

5th March 2022

SWIMGAINZ CLUB DAY – FRIDAY 22ND APRIL 2022 – FULLY BOOKED

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Josh & Ryan
SwimGainz is now on WhatsApp.

We are pleased to announce that we will be running a half day club session at Swimgainz in Blackheath/Halesowen. There are 6 places available for the video swimming analysis. Each swimmer will have 1 hour of time in the tank, with our coaches working alongside Josh/Ryan looking at strokes on under-water cameras and monitors. The day will take place on Friday 22nd April, with time slots at:

  • 9.00 a.m.
  • 10.00 a.m.
  • 11.00 a.m.
  • 12.00 p.m.
  • 1.00 p.m.
  • 2.00 p.m.

The day will be open to our Junior Competitive Development swimmers upwards and each hour will be at a cost of £60.00. This will include video analysis which can be downloaded from their portal for future reference. Time slots will be given on a first come first served basis. If this proves popular, we will book other sessions for all swimmers interested.

27th February 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE RESULTS & LEAGUE TABLE ROUND 2 DRAW

The final results of Round 1 and the current league table are available to download below. These are subject to change as there is a discrepancy with one of our race results.

The draw for the second will be:

  • REDDITCH
  • SANDWELL STORM (WW)
  • PERRY BEECHES
  • PERSHORE

The round will be held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester on Saturday 19th March.

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE & PGL ROSS LEAGUE RESULTS

Saturday 19th February saw our senior team compete in the first round of the Worcester Winter League. With Bromsgrove dropping out, it left us with only 2 other teams to compete with, but compete we did, pulling off an amazing 28 1st places and 10 second places and many P.B’s also swum. The atmosphere on the poolside was exceptional and it all added to a great performance and a great first win for the team. Well done all!!!

Final Results:

  1. SANDWELL STORM (WASPS) 183
  2. PERRY BEECHES 155
  3. SANDWELL STRIKERS 133
  4. BROMSGROVE DNS

Sunday 20th February also saw our junior swimmers compete in the many times, re-arranged Round 1 of the PGL Ross League. With many swimers having missed some 18 months of training and development, and with 23 swimmers competing in their first ever gala, the result was pretty much excellent. The poolside atmosphere was as the previous nights gala, loud and enthusiastic and we pulled off a great performance. Well done all, and many thanks to all the help given from parents and officials as we were hosting.

Final Results:

  1. CHELTENHAM SWC 164
  2. CHELTENHAM PHOENIX 160
  3. SANDWELL BLACK (WASPS) 133
  4. GLOUCESTER CITY 109

25th February 2022

2022 WORCESTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

This has been quite a successful Championships for us. The swimmers have done the club proud, but most importantly, themselves proud. After being away from County Championships for 2 years, having to cope with huge upheaval since April 2021, we have still managed to amass the following:-

  • 41 Medals won
  • 52 Finals Reached
  • 12 Swimmers achieving Regional Qualifying Times
  • 42 Regional Times achieved-
  • Countless Personal Bests recorded

Our achievements and performances are continuing to improve, keep up the good work all!

14th February 2022

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE TEAM LIST – MEMBERS PAGE

The team list for the first round of the Winter League is now available on our members page. The round will take place on Saturday 19th February at Bromsgrove Leisure Centre, B60 1AY.

Draw is as follows:

  • Bromsgrove
  • Sandwell Strikers
  • Perry Beeches
  • Sandwell Storm (WW)

7th February 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY 2022 CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEEKEND 2

This was an excellent start to the 2022 County Age-Group Championships, pretty much excellent throughout. There were countless person best going in as well as seasonal best times swum. Considering the 18 month or so break from competitive swimming our results and performances were spot on.

So far during the first sessions we’ve achieved:

  • 23 Medals
  • A further 15 finals
  • 23 Regional Times achieved

We are looking forward to next weekends competition, let’s see if we can double the above.

7th February 2022

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The qualifying times for this years West Midland Regional Championships have been updated. The times are available to download below:

The dates for the Championships will be on:

  • Saturday 30th April 2022
  • Sunday 1st May 2022
  • Monday 2nd May 2022
  • Saturday 7th May 2022
  • Sunday 8th May 2022

All days will be held at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry.

30th January 2022

MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2022

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when Membership and insurance are due to Swim England and the region. There has to be an increase in membership for squad swimmers due to raised costs by SE. The Membership fee for 2022 will be:

  • Learn To Swim – £25.00
  • All squads (JSD. JCD, Seniors, Masters) – £45.00

Could all fees be paid asap, and via electronic bank transfer, with reference to swimmer. Please note, that with no membership, swimmers are not insured to be in or around the pool, any accidents will not be covered.

Membership forms, for returning swimmers, do not have to be re-submitted, only new members need fill in a form. These can be found on here under the ‘Policies and Forms’ tab.

An quieries can be emailed to: waspsmembership@hotmail.com

2nd January 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE – ROUND 1 TEAM LIST

The team list for round 1 of the PGL Ross League is now available to download on our ‘Members’ page under the Team List tab. The round will be held on Saturday 8th January. We are currently chasing Tipton Leisure Centre as the venue, with either a 5.30 or 6.00 p.m. warm up.

Please let Marc know availability asap. Anyone who is in need of the Members page password please contact the usual people.

28th December 2021

WORCESTER WINTER LEAGUE DATES

The dates for 2022 Worcester Winter League are as follows, this league, ages will be 11, 13, 15 and Opens swimmers:

  • Saturday 19th February.
  • Saturday 19th March.
  • Sunday 24th April.

27th December 2021

PGL ROSS LEAGUE DATES

The dates for the PGL Ross League are stated below. The first round will be on Saturday 8th January, we are hosting and it will hopefully be at either Tipton (preference) or Wednesbury. The team list will be post after Christmas and swimmers contacted soon after.

League dates:

  • Saturday 8th January 2022
  • Saturday 5th March 2022
  • Saturday 9th April 2022
  • Saturday 7th May 2022
  • A & B Final Saturday 25th June 2022

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – from all staff at Warley WASPS.

24th December 2021

ARENA LEAGUE FINAL – RESULTS

Last night, our Senior team competed in the West Midlands Arena league Division 2 final at Leamington Spa. It was a very tough gala right from the start, and at one point we were lying in 3rd place. The swimmers performed to their best and produced some excellent swims.

The atmosphere on the poolside between our swimmers was superb and overall it was well run final and a relatively close fought final. Well done to all, many thanks to the officials, poolside helpers and parents.

No matter the obstacles, they can’t and won’t keep us down, this is the start of our re-build, commitment, determination and hard work, will pay off in the end.

Final Reults:

  1. City of Coventry ‘B’ 176
  2. Pershore 166
  3. Long Eaton 155
  4. Flitwick Dolphins 152
  5. Warley WASPS 137
  6. Derby Phoenix 88

The final results are available to download from our ‘Members’ page.

12th December 2021

TEAM CAPTAINS 2021-22 / SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR 2021

Team Captains/Swimmer Reps: Eve Salmon-Hodges and Luke Rowley
Swimmers of the Year 2021: Luke Rowley and Tyrese Morgan

8th December 2021

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS – POSTED

The results have now been posted on our ‘Members’ page, under the ‘Results’ tab.

Below the full league results and tables can be downloaded. We are currently sitting in joint 1st place with Flitwick Dolphins on same gala points and league points.

Club hats for the final are being ordered.

16th November 2021

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS

After winning our first round gala up in Alfreton, we were drawn to host the second round at one of our home pools, West Bromwich. A good result would see us into the Division 2 final.

By the half way point, after 21 events, we had amassed 12 first places and 7 seconds, we were well on our way for the first Div 2 final in a generation. By the time we had swum our last event, we were pretty much clear of second place and we had booked our place in this years final.

This performance was a far cry from the performances in 2019, the swimmers looked fit and strong, but most of all they didn’t give in, nor relax, the more points the better.

To make a league final is a very fitting testament to the trials we’ve endured, to hard work and dedication of the coaching staff and to dedication of the swimmers and parents. Hard work does pay off, and the reward for such is a well earned final appearance in one of the toughest leagues we compete in.

The atmosphere was great, the gala ran smoothly, so well done all, this is more than deserved!

Final Results:

  1. WARLEY WASPS 170
  2. LICHFIELD 144
  3. CANNOCK PHOENIX 137
  4. LEDBURY AND MALVERN 128
  5. BRAUNSTONE B DNS

Many thanks to all the helpers and officials (including those from other clubs) this evening, your help was much appreciated and contributed to an enjoyable event.

13th November 2021

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 1 – RESULTS

Last night saw our senior team take the very long trip up North to Alfreton in Derby. After seeing the first round draw, which mirrored the first round draw of 2019, our last senior outing, I think we all expected the worse case-scenario!

Even though we had mixed relays, we still had shortages in some age-groups, illness’s etc… which resulted in swimmers swimming up two ages, swimmers from the Junior Skill Development (JSD) competing, we filled all but 1 race.

The outcome of a gala can be predicted by the performance from the first set of relays and the rear relay results will follow similar suit, do well in the relays, a repectable result can be expected. So, after the first 6 events we had gained 29 from a total of 36 points, a lead of 5 points and only 8 points splitting first to last. A close gala was going to ensue!

We continued through the individuals, grinding out results, lots of P.B’s produced, with the lead changing hands 3 times, the final result was going to be very close. Nobody had any idea of who had won until the final announcement. Final Results:

  1. WARLEY WASPS 178
  2. Derby Phoenix 169
  3. Mansfield 168
  4. Lichfield 160
  5. Dunstable 148
  6. Bromsgrove DNS

Needless to say, this was a result which wasn’t expected, those within the club,working day to day with our swimmers, are well aware of the complications and adversity we’ve faced, coupled with the Covid situation, which has effected all. To win a Division 2 gala is no easy feat, and to win in this manner, not giving in, having to utilise every minute of pool time available carefully, shows what spirit there is and what spirit there will be going forward. This result is testiment to the dedication of the teachers, coaches, helpers, officials within the club, but most of all to the swimmers who competed and pushed to the end to produce our first Arena win since our promtion year in 2015! We are all very proud of your performances and achievements, they are all significant!

10th October 2021

CASH AND CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Could all payments now be made by Bank Transfer, with the closure of our local Barclays, it is difficult to get to other branches for paying in. Banking details of the club will be provided to anyone that requires them.

10th October 2021

SWIM ENGLAND AND SANDWELL LEISURE TRUST

The Sandwell Aquatics Interim Steering Group has discussed the email traffic and social media posts which followed Swim England’s press release about their partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust.

It was decided that all club members should be provided with information about the partnership, what it means to the clubs and the current position.

For some time now Swim England has been in discussions with Sandwell Leisure Trust about a change from the Swimming Teachers’ Association scheme for teaching swimming to the Swim England scheme. The press release was simply confirmation that these talks have been successful.

The fact that SLT will now be delivering SE’s scheme and their teachers will be trained and supported by SE is a positive move.

The press release was not an announcement of the future Learn to Swim policy in the borough. As things stand no decisions have been made on LTS and it is a priority of the Sandwell Aquatics group, supported by SE West Midlands, to work with Sandwell MBC and SLT to get this resolved.

The LTS provided by the clubs at present will be retained in all existing venues until the new pool opens to the public in 2023.

It is acknowledged by all concerned that LTS is currently a major source of income for the legacy clubs. Everyone involved is committed to a Commonwealth legacy that allows Sandwell Aquatics Club and Sandwell Aquatics Centre to be financially viable.

It is inevitable that there will be decisions, choices and changes in the coming months and some of these will be difficult, but please do not lose sight of the wonderful opportunity that we are being given here. We will be in a world class facility. We must do everything we can to build a top class club to operate in it.

Sandwell Aquatics Interim Steering Group – 18/9/2021

We will continue to raise concerns on behalf of our membership, our members future (and current state) are paramount. ‘Only by raising issues can we resolve them, being silent, manifests them.’

25th September 2021

SWIMMING FEES AS OF OCTOBER

It is with regret that we have to raise fees from the 1st October 2021. It has been some years since fees were raised and pool hire costs have continued to increase, even over the lockdown period, as club came back we had a 3.2% increase (SLT), with a 50% loss in membership. We are doing our best to rebuild as quickly as possible, but this is very difficult under the current circumstances.

The fees from 1st October will be as follows:

  • Learner x1 – £25.00
  • Learner x2 – £30.00
  • Learner x3 – £35.00
  • Junior Skill Development – £33.00
  • Junior Competitive Development – £36.00
  • Senior Transition – £40.00
  • Senior Development – £44.00
  • Masters – £33.00
  • Capped rates £95 or 10% (for 3 or more swimmers)

Could you all please ensure that your standing orders with your bank are amended to reflect the above from 1st October.

30th August 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

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

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

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