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ARENA LEAGUE RESULTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

The results have been released and next round draw has been done and can be found in the link below:

Arena League Draw and Round 1 Results

We have been drawn against the following teams, we are awaiting the venue for next round:

  • Ledbury
  • Braunstone B
  • Warley WASPS
  • Lichfield
  • Cannock Phoenix

16th October 2021

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM OPEN MEET LIVE STREAMS

We’re excited to welcome such a large number of teams and swimmers from all over the country and hope to put on a great meet. Obviously, we’re disappointed not to be able to accommodate spectators but want to offer the best opportunity for swimmers to get early season competition, especially after the last 18 months. We will however, be attempting to livestream the event so, hope those who would have joined us in person, can at least join us in spirit.

This is our first attempt at live-streaming a meet so, whilst we’re aiming for it to run smoothly, please bear with us if we experience any technical difficulties. 

See below the youtube links for each session:

Session 1 – https://youtu.be/23HDUtd9QXQ

Session 2 – https://youtu.be/PXmfo93krPc

Session 3 – https://youtu.be/PEv2Rl-ZT7A

Session 4 – https://youtu.be/e2mIyH_AgOc

Regards

Sarah Batchelor

Promoter

City of Birmingham SC

15th October 2021

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM OPEN MEET

Dear Clubs

The City of Birmingham Winter Open meet  is fast approaching and it’s going to be a busy weekend and hopefully some fast swims!!

Seating Plan – Please note that there are no large bags allowed on poolside as we are limited on space,  so for those clubs on poolside please ask your swimmers to use the lockers in the changing room. For those clubs using the spectator gallery please sit as a club and use the appropriate number of seats that is required.  Coaches are welcome to come poolside if they wish but for the welfare and safeguarding of the swimmers please make sure your Team manger stays with the swimmers.  Swimmers are required to take a towel and wear shoes when leaving the spectators gallery to go poolside, this also applies to the clubs in the studio. 

No spectators will be allowed into the competition.

Warm up –Warm up starts at 7.30am.   The following groups are:

Session 1 & 4

  1. 10,11 & 12 Girls
  2. 13 & 14 Girls
  3. 15+ Girls
  4. 10, 11 & 12 Boys
  5. 13 & 14 Boys
  6. 15+ Boys

Session 2 & 3

  1. 10, 11 & 12 Boys
  2. 13 & 14 Boys
  3. 15+ Boys
  4. 10, 11 & 12 Girls
  5. 13 & 14 Girls
  6. 15+ Girls

Coach / Team managers passes – The passes will be handed out on the Saturday morning, the pass includes, a breakfast bacon roll, refreshments during the breaks and a buffet style lunch which will be in the  community room just off the foyer., you will just need to show our hospitality team your pass.

Parking – For those who know Ladywood there is limited parking, the parking will be allocated to Officials, and volunteers for the event.  For those parents picking up swimmers throughout the day they may struggle to park but there is plenty of street parking within the area. Parents will be able to drop off their children at the entrance. We have been given access to the car parking facilities at Broadway plaza, Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP which is approx 0.7 miles from the pool. Please use code 7889. This will reduce parking charges to £3.50 for up to 12 hours.

COVID- To try to avoid any Covid cases at the  City of Birmingham open or after the meet,  we are kindly asking  that all swimmers, volunteers, coaches and Team manager’s to take a LFT before the event at the weekend.  We also ask that if anyone should have any Covid symptoms that they do not attend and to follow the government guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available in several locations at Ladywood but feel free to bring your own.

Café – Although the café is currently closed at the centre, they will be selling a variety of packet sandwiches, snacks and drinks which can be purchased in the foyer / reception area.

Withdrawals – Please email cityofbirminghampromoter@gmail.com up until 8pm night before the session of competition.

14th October 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

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING – W.B.A. SAT 27TH NOVEMBER

The Club Presentation Evening will be held at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 27th November from 7.00 p.m. The date has been changed from the 26th November due to Sky moving the Saturday match back to a Friday evening match.

Tickets will shortly go on sale, once they’ve been re-printed. Prices etc…to follow. Family and friends are more than welcome to attend.

Awards Celebration in Freehold, NJ – New Jersey Metro and Rockland County  Chapter

5th October 2021

LEARNER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUNDAY 24TH OCTOBER

The Learner Club Championships will take place on Sunday 24th October at 4.30 p.m., at West Bromwich Leisure Centre (there will be no squad swimming on this day). Entry forms are still readily available from the pool on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. Please hand in forms a.s.a.p.

5th October 2021

WARLEY WASPS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

The results from all of the 36 events of the Club Championships are now available on our ‘Members’ page, under the ‘Results’ tab.

The overall age-group results will be shared shortly, once the points have been checked.

5th October 2021

WEST MIDLANDS SHORT COURSE WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Winter short course Championships will be held at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry on 6th & 7th November. The Qualifying Times and Events Programme are available below to download. The entries will be available shortly.

1st October 2021

SANDWELL AQUATICS CLUB – ISG

Sandwell Aquatics Interim Steering Group (ISG), comprising representatives from Warley, Haden Hill and Oldbury who are working towards successful merger of the three clubs into Sandwell Aquatics, had a very productive planning session today together with SMBC lead officers for the Sandwell Aquatics Centre Project and the Leisure/Sports Department (25th September).

There is a clear and firm commitment from SMBC to sustain a viable community based Aquatics Club, aspiring to World Class Standards, within a World Class venue.  They (SMBC) are represented on the ISG and have confirmed that Sandwell Aquatics Club’s Service Level Agreement will be with SMBC to ensure a clear line of accountability and a sustainable vibrant future.

There are imminent pans for an ‘inside look’ into the Sandwell Aquatics Centre with the opportunity for all of us to ask questions and understand the future potential for the club.

28th September 2021

OPEN MEET ENTRY FORMS & INFO

The Following is the entry details of the forthcoming open meets we’re looking at entering:

The closing date for this one is Sunday 3rd October. We would require all entrants to hand forms in and pay the fees by Thursday 30th September, it is first come, first served, so we may be pushing this one.

The next one is Stourbridge Storm Force, the entry details are below:

Entry forms have been printed off for this one and are available to pick up from our sessions. We would require the forms and entry fees by Friday 1st October. The consideration times should see all of our swimmers able to enter.

We are still awaiting the information for the West Midalnds Short Course Championships.

26th September 2021

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 1 – TEAM LIST

The team list for the first round of the Arena League has been posted on our ‘Members’ page. For this year, the leagues have stated that there will be no promotion or relegation. There will also be mixed relays and the final event will be a normal mixed 4 x 50m relay. It is for this reason that we will use a rotation of swimmers with the older age-groups , giving all open swimmers the opportunity to swim throughout the 3 rounds.

Could we please indicate availability asap so reserve swimmers can be contacted in due time.

The areas we are short are our younger ages, where the pandemic and being moved out of Smethwick has caused large gaps in the lower age-groups. Membership is increasing, but will take a long time to recover fully. We will still do our best without doubt!

25th September 2021

FORTHCOMING OPEN MEETS

we are wishing to enter the following open meets over the coming months:

  • Leicester Sharks 30/31st Oct held at Nuneaton Pingles Centre L3
  • West Midlands Short Course Championships 6/7th Nov Coventry
  • Storm Force (Stourbridge) 4/5th Dec Wolverhampton L3

Entry details will be posted very shortly.

25th September 2021

LEARN TO SWIM CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are pleased to be able to hold our annual Club Championships again this year, giving our young swimmers the opportunity to experience some friendly competition and to come along and receive a medal at our Presentation evening which is being held on either Friday 19th November or 26th November at West Bromwich Albion FC (date dependent upon Sky’s match).

Our Learn to Swim Championships will be held on Sunday 24th October at West Bromwich Leisure Centre from 4.30 – 6.30 p.m.

Swimmers will swim in their width Stage groupings with the addition of Stage 4’s swimming 25m (1 length) of each stroke. Floatation aids and help from within the water will be given in the usual way.

Spectators will be allowed onto the balcony; swimmers will register their attendance at the entry point into the large pool.

If you would like your child to join in, please complete the form below and make a payment of £4.00 at the desk or to one of our teaches/coaches.

Forms to be handed in by Saturday 2nd October 2021.

Many thanks

Tim

25th September 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

ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 1 DRAW – SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER

The first round draw has been completed for round of this years Arena League, we have been drawn at Alfreton (Derby), our round is as follows:

  • Mansfield
  • Bromsgrove
  • Derby Phoenix (HOSTS)
  • WARLEY WASPS
  • Lichfield
  • Dunstable

The full draw with venues can be downloaded below.

13th September 2021

2021 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS PROGRAMME AVAILABLE

The programme for the 2021 Club Championships is avalable to download from our ‘Members’ page. Could all swimmers/parents check that the events entered have been correctly done. Anyone requiring the password for the ‘Members’ page, please contact Marc.

Dates of the Championships:

  • Saturday 4th September 5.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 5th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Monday 6th September (Tipton: 1500 & 800m) 7.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 12th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Monday 13th September (Tipton: 1500 & 800m) 7.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 26th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up

Please refer to the entry pack for the events on each of the dates.

31st August 2021

2021 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

After a near 2 year absence, we will be competing once again in our annual and possibly our last Club Championships as Warley WASPS. The first gala will take place this Saturday at West Bromwich Leisure Centre with a 5.30 p.m. warm up. For this gala only, there will be an admission fee of:

  • £3.00 Adults
  • £1.00 Children/OAP
  • Raffle: £1.00 per strip

If anyone has any raffle prizes they are willing to donate, please bring along to one of our sessions this coming week.

All sessions on Sundays will have a warm up time of 4.30 p.m. and all the distance sessions at Tipton will have a 7.30 p.m. warm up time (still awaiting confirmation of moving session forward hald an hour).

30th August 2021

2021 ARENA LEAGUE

This years Arena League is going ahead as planned, the draw and AGM is being held on Sunday 5th September, so we will know where we are swimming in the first round and who we will be swimming against. The age-groups competing are: 9-11, 13, 15 and Open. There will not be any promotions or relegations this year, it is to be used as a means to getting some friendly competition back.

The dates for the league are as follows:

  • Saturday 9th October 2021
  • Saturday 13th November 2021
  • Saturday 11th December 2021

30th August 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

WEST BROMWICH FRIDAY SESSION

As of Friday 10th September, the start time of the session will revert back to 7.00 p.m. and will finsh half an hour earlier at 9.00 p.m.

30th August 2021

WEDNESDAY LANGLEY SESSIONS/MONDAY TIPTON

As of Wednesday 1st September, we will be returning to running the large pool width sessions without a 5 min break, so 5.30 – 6.00pm and 6.00-6.30 p.m will be the swim times of those sessions.

We are still awaiting approval from SLT for our teachers to return to teaching in the water, many other authorities are now doing so, we feel it is safer for the lower aged and lower Staged swimmers, that we do teach in the water. We are trying on your behalf to get the shift towards the guidance given by Swim England, it is NOT a club decision.

Junior Skill Development can then start from 6.30 p.m. (giving approx 5 mins to put the lanes ropes in), and finish at 7.45p.m.

Senior session will then start at 7.45 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m.

Monday Tipton: We have been offered an earlier half an hour at Tipton Leisure Centre, so we have requested that the session start at 7 p.m. and finish at 9 p.m., we are awaiting confirmation.

30th August 2021

BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES

There will be two closures over the Bank Holiday weekend:

  • Monday 30th August Tipton
  • Tuesday 31st Aston University

Aston University will be shut on both the Monday and the Tuesday of next week.

27th August 2021

SNORKELS AVAILABLE

We still have a few snorkels available for any JCD (4 left) or Seniors (5 left) that don’t yet have one. They are still £5 each, please let Marc know if you require one.

27th August 2021

2022 WORCESTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The qualifying times for the 2022 Worcester County Championships can be found and downloaded below. The dates for the Championships are as follows:

  • 16th January (Long distance 800/1500m at Wolverhampton)
  • 5th/6th February (Worcester)
  • 12th/13th February (Wolverhampton)

21st August 2021

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS & COUNTY DEV MEET

Messages were sent out today reminding parents to return their Club Championship forms by next Wednesday (18th Aug), this should have read Wednesday 25th August.

Any remaining County development Forms need to be retuned by Wednesday 18th August.

We would also request that all payments be made via bank transfer, we are no longer accepting cheques. The banking details can be obtained by contacting Karen, Marc or Ray.

13th August 2021

CLUBS SUMMER CLOSURES

The following dates will be when we close for holidays:

Langley Small Pool:

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

Langley Large Pool:

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

Tipton Leisure Centre:

  • Monday 2nd August

West Bromwich Leisure Centre:

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

28th July 2021

WARLEY WASPS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 – AMENDED

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

  • Saturday 4th September 5.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 5th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Monday 6th September (Tipton) 7.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 12th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Monday 13th September (Tipton) 7.30 p.m. Warm up
  • Sunday 26th September 4.30 p.m. Warm up

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

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

25th July 2021

SUMMER CLOSURES AUGUST

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

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

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

25th July 2021

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM WINTER OPEN MEET

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

25th July 2021

SANDWELL LEISURE TRUST – AS OF MONDAY 19TH JULY

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

From Monday 19th July:

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

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

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

18th July 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th July 2021

MONDAY 19TH JULY – LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS – UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th July 2021

NEW LOGO – SANDWELL AQUA

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

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

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

8th July 2021

SWIM SWIFT ELITE – SWIM CAMP

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

27th June 2021

STAGE AND DISTANCE CERTIFICATES

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

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

4th June 2021

BIRMINGHAM CLEAN AIR ZONE – ASTON

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

www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones

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

31st May 2021

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – JUNE

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

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

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

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

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

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

Saturday:

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

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

30th May 2021

SANDWELL AQUATICS NEW LOGO

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

24th May 2021

RETURN OF WASPS MEMBERS PAGE

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

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

7th May 2021

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – MAY

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

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

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

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

29th April 2021

COMMEMORATIVE CLUB HATS

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

22nd April 2021

CLUB SUPPLIES – CLUB SHOP

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

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

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

15th April 2021

POOL RETURN 12TH APRIL

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

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

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

Could all forms be returned to:

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Membership Fees:

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

Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

7th April 2021

COVID LIAISON OFFICERS

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

21st March 2021

CLUB RE-OPENING – MONDAY 12TH APRIL

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

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

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

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

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

First weeks sessions:

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

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

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

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

7th March 2021

2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

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

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

Membership fees:

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

Clubs Bank Account Details

  • Please message Karen for details.

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

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

23rd February 2021

CLUB HATS DELIVERY

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

16th January 2021

2021 MEMBERSHIPS AND FORM RETURN

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

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

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

  • waspsmembership@hotmail.com

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

  • Please message Karen for details.

Please remember to reference the swimmers name against any payment.

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

28th December 2020

SUNDAY WEST BROMWICH SMALL POOL SESSIONS TO RETURN

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

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

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

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

19th December 2020

CLUB HATS AVAILABLE

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

15th December 2020

SESSION FEES – OCTOBER

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

Learn To Swim

£22.00 per month  for 1 session per week.

£27.50 per month for 2 sessions per week.

£29.50 per month for 3 sessions per week.

Junior Skill Development – £29.50

Junior Competitive Development – 33.00

Senior Transition – £36.00

Senior Performance – £41.00

Masters – £27.50

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

27th September 2020

LANGLEY SWIMMING CENTRE POOL SETUP

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

ALL SWIMMERS ARRIVE POOL READY. 

Main Pool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Pool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th September 2020