STOURBRIDGE OPEN MEET ENTRIES
The entries for the Stourbridge Open meet have been sent, they can be downloaded below.
22nd November 2021
PRESENTATION EVENING – TICKETS AND BAR
There are only around 45 tickets left for this Saturdays Presentation Evening, please get in touch asap if tickets are required to avoid disappontment.
We have been notified by West Bromwich Albion FC, that the bar is going to be cashless, all drinks etc…will have to be paid for by contactless methods i.e phone or cards.
22nd November 2021
WORCESTER COUNTY QUALIFYING TIMES – REVISED
The Qualifying times for next years County Championships have been revised and are available to download from below. The above mentioned Storm Force open Meet will be the last chance to qualify for the Championships which will be held in Jan/Feb of 2022.
22nd November 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!
- WARLEY WASPS 170
- LICHFIELD 144
- CANNOCK PHOENIX 137
- LEDBURY AND MALVERN 128
- 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
SMALL POOL MEMBERSHIPS/RECRUITMENT
We have decided to halt recruiting into our Learn to Swim Programme until January. The reason for this is Swim England still expect new members to pay full priced membership for the remaining 5/6 weeks of the year. We do not agree with this policy, so we will welcome new members from 1st January 2022, where a full years membership can be enjoyed for the same price.
13th November 2021
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL PLACINGS AVAILABLE
The final placings for this years 2021 Club Championships are now available from our ‘Members’ page, under results. The Ron and Marion Hadley trophies and Swimmer of The Year will be announced at our Presentation Evening on 27th November. Tickets are now on sale.
23rd 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 are now on sale, please contact Karen to book them. Family and friends are more than welcome to attend.
23rd October 2021
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:
We have been drawn against the following teams, we are awaiting the venue for next round:
- Braunstone B
- Warley WASPS
- Cannock Phoenix
16th 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:
- WARLEY WASPS 178
- Derby Phoenix 169
- Mansfield 168
- Lichfield 160
- Dunstable 148
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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.
- 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
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
- Floats (kick boards, pull bhoys)
- Fins (limited sizes – will need to be checked)
- Float bags
- 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:
- Learn To Swim – £25.00
- All Squads from JSD upwards – £40.00
Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
7th April 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
First weeks sessions:
|Monday||7.30-9.30 p.m.||Tipton LC||All||12th Apr|
|Tuesday||7.30-9.00 p.m.||Aston Uni||All||13th Apr|
|Wednesday||8.00-9.30 p.m.||Langley SC||All||14th Apr|
|Thursday||7.30-8.30 p.m.||Aston Uni||All||15th Apr|
|Friday||7.30-9.30 p.m.||West Brom||Alt B2 & B1||16th Apr|
|Sunday||5.30-7.00 p.m.||West Brom||All||25th July|
|Jun Comp Dev|
|Wednesday||8.00-9.30 p.m.||Langley SC||JCD2||14th Apr|
|Friday||6.30-8.00 p.m.||Langley SC||All (24)||16th Apr|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||All (28)||17th Apr|
|Sunday||5.30-7.00 p.m.||West Brom||All (30)||18th Apr|
|Jun Skill Dev|
|Wednesday||6.45-7.50 p.m.||Langley SC||All||14 Apr|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||All||May|
|Sunday||4.30-5.30 p.m.||West Brom||All (30)||18th Apr|
|Masters||After 2nd Stage|
|Monday||7.30-9.30 p.m.||Aston Uni||Mixed||June|
|Thursday||7.30-8.30 p.m.||Aston Uni||1 Lane||July|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||1 Lane||June|
|Learn To Swim|
|Wednesday||5.30-7.30 p.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||14th Apr|
|Friday||5.30-7.30 p.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||16th Apr|
|Saturday||8.00-9.00 a.m.||Langley SC||Stage 1-4||17th Apr|
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:
- 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:
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