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WASPS 2022 FIXTURE LIST

A full fixture list is now available to download from this website. These are subject to change.

22nd January 2022

COSACS OPEN MEET – 9/10th APRIL 2022

We are looking at entering the COSACS (City of Stoke) open meet on 9/10th April. It is a Level 3 and is open to all of our squad swimmers. It is also the last chance for those near Regional times to qualify. The Saturday does clash with the PGL Ross League Round 3, but we can overcome that one way or another.

22nd January 2022

GO-KARTING – FLIPOUT

We are looking at some future social events for our swimmers, namely, Go-Karting for the older swimmers and Flipout for the younger ones. details, inc. dates will be posted shortly. We would require names and deposits once dates are set.

22nd January 2022

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The qualifying times for this years West Midland Regional Championships have been published. 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.

20th January 2022

WORCESTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS – COVID PROCEDURES

Worcester County have produced a document for Covid procedures for this years competition, the document below needs to be read by spectators and swimmers alike.

11th January 2022

PGL ROSS LEAGUE ROUND 1 – RE-SCHEDULED GALA

Our first round of the PGL Ross League will held on Sunday 20th February at West Bromwich Leisure Centre, with a 4.45 p.m. warm up time and 5.15 p.m. start. This was the only date before the 2nd round, that all teams could agree on, due to other fixtures and other County events.

The team sheet will be exactly the same as before, swimmers will be sent messages to confirm availability over the next few weeks.

11th January 2022

WASPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE – JANUARY 2022

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.

Our Learn To Swim Programme runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. There are currently spaces available for all Stages.

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 – 6.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m., & 7.30 – 8.00 p.m.
  • Stages Pre 1, 1 and 2 6.00 – 6.60 p.m., 6.30 – 7.00 p.m., 7.00 – 7.30 p.m., & 7.30 – 8.00 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.

Our contact details for Learn to Swim, can be found under the ‘Learn To Swim Programme’ tab on here.

4th 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

HOLIDAY TRAINING – LANGLEY SWIMMING CENTRE

The session at Langley Wednesday will be for our Junior Competitive Development and Junior Skill Development squads, from 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. This includes the lower lanes from the Wednesday Senior session.

Thursday will be for seniors and all swimmers who train at later Wednesday session. Again, this session will run from 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. at Langley.

The session stated as Tuesday will not be run as it is still a Bank Holiday, so all centres are closed.

Sessions will then resume from the dates set out below:

  • Re-opening on Sunday 2nd January at West Bromwich
  • Monday 3rd January is a Bank Holiday, Tipton will be closed.
  • Learn to Swim re-opening on Wednesday 5th Jan 2022

27th 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

WORCESTER COUNTY PROGRAMME

The programme for the 2022 Worcester County Championships is available to download below. Entries and fees need to be submitted by Thursday 16th December.

Dates:

  • Sunday 16th December 2022 – 1500 & 800m
  • 5/6th February 2022
  • 12/13th February 2022

15th 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

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:

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

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 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

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