Solihull Swimming Club
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Pool dates have now been updated.

SwimMark (swim21)
June 2017: The swim21 accreditation has been rebranded as SwimMark.

Solihull Swimming Club is accredited with SwimMark Club Essential.

The Club was reaccredited in December 2017.

Points Of Contact
Points of contact for the Club: click on names below.

For joining and booking swimming trials email:  ssctrials@rocketmail.com    

To enquire about water polo: Mike Beard

For existing members to contact Membership Secretary: Sandra Boot

To contact Head Coach: Ben Stanford

To contact Welfare Officer: Jo Whitcombe

To contact Club Secretary: Steve Prosser

To contact Fixtures Secretary: Ann-Marie Aston
Swim Shop

With Tudor Grange closing please follow facebook or check on here for dates and pools that the Swim shop wil be

LAST swim shop at TG Sunday 4th November at Time Trials from 6.15pm

If items are needed outside these dates please email jhbssc@gmail.com.

Welcome To Solihull Swimming Club


All members have been sent a letter from the Chair along with the new time table.  Please find link to a copy of the time table


Please find your swimmers group and look for your new sessions and pools, if you have any concerns or questions please contact  ssctrials@rocketmail.com

TEACHING please find your swimmers level  on the time table, choose your prefered session and then contact  ssctrials@rocketmail.com

If you didnt receive a copy of the timetable please contact jhbssc@gmail.com

Senior Trophy Gala Saturday 15th September - Cancelled

The Senior Trophy Gala due to take place on Saturday 15th September has been cancelled.
Unfortunately both visiting teams have withdrawn which gives us no option but to cancel the gala.

An email will be sent to all swimmers in the teams.
Apologies for the short notice.

Urgent Message to all Members: Tudor Grange Pool

Dear Members

We had a meeting with Everyone Active this morning (13th Sept) at which it was confirmed that all pools at Tudor Grange will be closed from Monday 5th November until mid-March to enable essential maintenance work to take place.  Clearly this prevents us with a significant challenge and there will, inevitably, be disruption to our sessions.  Water time is scarce to obtain but they have offered us two sessions at North Solihull, which we have accepted, and we will be urgently pursuing other alternatives to fill the gaps left by the closure.  Please be assured that we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

Further communication to follow.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Nick Pemberton
SSC Chair

St. Martin's School pool open Thursday 6th September 2018

St. Martin's School pool is open for sessions as normal from Thursday 6th September 2018.

St. Martin's School pool closed Mon 3rd and Tues 4th September 2018

Due to essential works at St. Martin's running over from last week, we have been advised that the pool will be closed on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2018.

As a result the following changes have been made:

Monday 3rd Sept: Junior 1, Junior 2 and Seniors - sessions cancelled

Tuesday 4th Sept: Pre-Juniors and Junior Intermediates will swim at Tudor Grange from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Wednesday 5th Sept: Junior 1 will swim at Solihull School pool 7pm - 8pm.

There will be no replacement sessions for the other groups who usually swim on a Monday at St. Martin's as they already swim a number of times wach week.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience that may caused however unfortunately it is beyond our control.

Please spread the word amongst your swimming friends in case the emails sent to the aftected groups have not reached them.

Congratulations to Water Polo Section

Many congratulations to the Water Polo section of the club.  Following an extremely successful year they have received two Swim England regional awards, namely 'Club of the Year' for the team and 'Coach of the Year' for their coach, Phil Powell.

Both are automatically nominated for the Swim England national awards - we wish them luck.

Congratulations to all involved.

Summer Holiday Arrangements

The following arrangements are in place over the school summer holidays

NO LAND TRAINING for any groups, restarts on 2nd September 2018

Solihull School Pool has now closed for all groups. It re opens on Monday 3rd September 2018,
Pre Juniors and Junior 1's an email has been sent to all swimmers with details of your sessions.

No sessions for any groups Sunday 26th August  and Monday 27th August, additionally St Martins is closed on Tuesday 28th August

Results Available on Members' Page

The following results are now available on the members' page of this website:
June 2018 Time Trials
Mercian League Round 1
Mercian League Round 2
Mercian League Round 3
Club Championships 2018

Easter Holiday Swimming Arrangements

No sessions for ANY groups at any pool
Good Friday - 30th March
Easter Sunday - 1st April
Bank Holiday Monday -2nd April

St Martins Pool ADDITIONAL
No  Session Tuesday 3rd April 

Solihull School Pool ADDITIONAL
Last Session for all groups Friday 23rd March
First Session back for ALL  groups Monday 9th April

If not listed all other dates remain the same. Pools dates can be found under the swimming section of this webpage

Snow Closure Update - Tudor Grange closed (4.45pm Friday 2nd March)

In view of the heavy snow, Tudor Grange Leisure Centre has taken the decision to close early tonight.

There will be no club sessions at Tudor Grange tonight.

Please pass the message on to other members.  Thank you.

Also as per note below, no sessions at Solihull School tonight.

Snow Closures Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd March 2018   Important Updates

Both St. Martin's School and Solihull School will be closed tonight (Thursday 1st March) due to snow and very icy conditions on paths around the schools.  There will be no swimming or water polo training tonight.

Just heard from Solihull School that the pool will also be closed tomorrow evening (Friday 2nd March).

Sheffield Open Meet Results

The results for the Sheffield Open Meet on 18th November 2017 can be found on the Members' page of this website (under swimming results).

Time Trial Results February 2018

The results from Sunday 4th February Time Trial can now be found on the Members' page of this website.

2018 Swim England Membership Fees

The 2018 Swim England (formerly ASA) membership fees are due for payment in January.

The amount payable is £18 for each category 1 (teaching) member and £35 for each category 2 (competing) member.

The vast majority of club members are now signed up to GoCardless and this is a tremendous help to our volunteers administrators.  So we shall be using the GoCardless system to collect the Swim England fees and we shall be doing it on 1st February.

The small number of members who are not yet signed up to GoCardless need to pay their membership fee before 1st February using one of the following methods:
  • BACS transfer to Soliohull Swimming Club (sort code 601914; account number 26544466) with the reference "Swim England fee"
  • Cheque made payable to Solihull Swimming Club (please give directly to Sandra, Karen or Mike or post - see addresses in this letter - click here.

We shall write to you separately advising you how much to pay.

Note that the Swim England fee covers, amongst other things, your insurance (details of which can be found onthe Swim England website) so it is essential that you pay it by the due date to avoid the risk of not being covered in which case you would not be allowed to enter the water.

Whilst writing, club members, parents and guardians are respectively reminded of the following:

  • Please inform us of any changes of address, phone number or email address.
  • If you wish to leave the club, please inform Sandra or Karen.
  • Monthly membership fess are paid in arrears (e.g. payment of 28th January covers swimming for the month of January).
  • Fees are still payable during holiday periods regardless of whether or not you attend.  Please keep us informed of any long term absences so we can come to an arrangement about ongoing membership.
  • Follow us on Twitter @solihullsc, "like" us on Facebook (Solihull Swimming Club) or see this website for news, information and updates.

Finally, we wish everyone a happy and successful 2018.

Christmas Break 2017

Timings of the Christmas break 2017 can be found below:

Tudor Grange
Last session before Christmas:   Friday 22nd December 2017
First session in New Year:           Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Solihull School
Last session before Christmas:   Friday 15th December 2017
First session in New Year:           Thursday 4th January 2018

St. Martin's School
Last session before Christmas:   Thursday 21st December 2017
First session in New Year:           Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Change of Venue Friday 15th December: Pre-Juniors & Junior 1

We do not expect the water at Solihull School to be back to the usual temperature by tomorrow evening.  We have therefore secured some additional water time at Tudor Leisure Centre.

Friday 15th December
Pre-Juniors  7-8pm at Tudor Grange (instead of Solihull School)
Junior 1  8-9pm at Tudor Grange (instead of Solihull School).

Solihull School pool closed again Thursday 14th December

Unfortunately the pool, in addition to having slightly lower temperature, has developed a problem with the dosing system.  It is being worked on today, but will be closed tonight (Thursday 14th December).  I await news about tomorrow's (Friday 15th Dec) sessions.

Solihull School pool open Wed 13th Dec

Solihull School pool will be open tonight (Wed 13th December) for sessions.

Pool Update for Tuesday 12th December

St. Martin's School pool is closed again tomorrow (Tuesday 12th)  -  No swimming training.

Solihull School - although the school is open during the day (Tuesday 12th), the School Bursar has cancelled the evening's hiring of sports hall and pool - the pool will be closed.

Tudor Grange pool is OPEN and training sessions as normal.

Solihull School

Solihull School pool is closed this evening (Monday 11th December).  There will no water polo training.

St. Martin's School

St. Martin's School pool is closed this evening (Monday 11th December).  There will be no swimming sessions.

Tudor Grange closed Sunday 10th December

No swimming or water polo tonight Sunday 10th December.  Tudor Grange Leisure Centre management has made the decision to close early due to the weather.

Christmas Fun Gala 2017

The Christmas Fun Gala will take place in Sunday 17th December 2017.
Starts at 5pm and finishes around 7pm.
All groups welcome.

If you would like to attend, please email Karen Barguss on ssctrials@rocketmail.com.
Parent helpers would also be very welcome.

Teaching groups level 1 - 5 will be in the small pool and pit area and will last around 1 hour.

National Arena League Round 2

The results from Round 2 of the National Arena League can be found on the members' page of this website.

Time Trials Sunday 3rd December 2017

The time trials scheduled for Sunday 3rd December 2017 will be postponed so that the sessions will run as normal training for all groups.

Tudor Grange sessions Sunday 26th November 2017

All sessions (land training, swimming training and water polo) cancelled

We have been informed by Tudor Grange management (on 15th November) that they have two large events on Sunday 26th November.  All available car parking space will be taken up with these events.  We have therefore been told to cancel all sessions, both land training and pool sessions, on Sunday 26th November.
Apologies for any inconvenience.

Annual General Meeting 2017

This year's Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 27th November 2017.

8.15pm start at the Solihull Methodist Church (Blossomfield Road, close to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre).  The entrance to the car park is from the road leading up to the station.  The meeting takes place in the Margaret Wharam room at the rear of the church.

All members and parents are welcome to attend.
Minutes of 2016 AGM
Matters arising
Officers' Annual Reports
  • Chair's report
  • Treasurer's report
  • Head Coach (swimming) report
  • Water Polo report


  • New Club Rule: To add new rule 6.2: The club will operate a fees discount scheme for its volunteer workforce, details of which will be determined by the Committeee (consequently existing rule 6.2 becomes 6.3 and so on)

Election of Officers and Committee


Any other relevant business

Coventry Sprints Sept 2017

The results of the Coventry Sprints 2017 can be found in the Members' section of this website.

Gala & Time Trial Results

The results from the Senior Trophy Gala on 16th September and the Time Trial results from the 10th September are now available for viewing on the members' section of this website.

Monthly Membership Fees

We have been able to defer until now the implementation of the monthly membership fee increases that were agreed at last November's Annual General Meeting.

However, pool hire rates have been increased by well over the rate of inflation from this month so unfortunately we will have to implement the increases with effect from 1st September 2017.

The new rates are as follows:

 Senior Competing
 Pre-Seniors £45.00 £48.00
 Junior 2
 £45.00 £48.00
 Junior 1 / Senior Training
 £40.00 £42.00
 Masters £30.00 £32.00
 Water Polo Junior
 £30.00 £32.00
 Senior Intermediates
 £27.50 £29.00
 Junior Intermediates
 £27.50 £29.00
 Pre-Juniors £27.50 £29.00
 Water Polo Senior
 £27.50 £29.00
 Water Polo Development
 £27.50 £29.00
 Teaching £20.50 £22.00
 Water Polo Teaching
 £20.50 £22.00
 Adults £20.50 £22.00
 University / Non-Local
 £9.00 £10.00

Family discounts still apply as before.

Those of you that are paying by GoCardless direct debit will not have to take any action.  You will receive two emails on the same day; one saying that the new amount has been setup and the other confirming cancellation of the old amount.

Where you are still paying by standing order can you please amend your payment in time for the end of September payment.  Alternatively, it would help the club's administration considerably if you could sign up to GoCardless beforehand.

If you have not received an email from the club with information concerning increase of fees please make sure the club has your correct email details, as an email has been sent to all members.

Mike Beard
Solihull Swimming Club

Tudor Grange Pool closed Tuesday 25th July

Unfortunately, we have been informed that the water level at Tudor Grange is still too low for land ropes.  Therefore, due to safety reasons, we have cancelled this evening's sessions for all groups at Tudor Grange.  Please spread the word.  Thank you.

Tudor Grange Pool closed Sunday 23rd July 2017

The Tudor Grange Leisure Centre has had a power cut.  All swim sessions and land training are cancelled tonight.  The Centre is closed to all activities all day.  Please pass this message on to others.  Thank you.

Holiday Arrangements  August 2017

Solihull School Pool
Solihull School pool will be closed for all sessions 31st July - 1st September 2017.
Pre-Junior sessions on Fridays will move to Fridays 7.00 - 8.00pm at Tudor Grange pool.
Junior 1 sessions on Fridays will move to Fridays 8.00 - 9.00pm at Tudor Grange pool.
There will be no Junior 2 or Pre-Senior sessions on Wednesdays during August.

St. Martin's Pool

There will be no sessions on Monday 28th August and Tuesday 29th August 2017.

Tudor Grange Pool

There will be no sessions on Sunday 27th August 2017.

Land Training during August 2017 cancelled

The land training sessions on Sunday during August (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) have been cancelled.

Club Championships 2017

Many congratulations to all who swam in the Club Championships last weekend.

The results can now be found in the members' section of this website.


Solihull competed in their last open meet of the season at the Coventry and Districts Open meet held at Rugby pool in May.

The Swimmers took part in 260 events between them, they acheived numerous PBís and medals, medals were awarded to swimmers who placed top 8. The team came away with an impressive 100 medals including 12 Gold, 16 Silver and 16 Bronze.

Winning 10 top three medals was 12-year-old Lily Chiles, Gold in 200 Back and 50 Fly, Silver in 50, 100 Back,100 Fly, 200IM and 400 Free and three Bronze medals in 200 Fly, 200 Free and 50 Free. Owen Perkins 12 years old and Abigail Davis 11 years old both took 9 top three placings each. Owen taking Gold in 200 Back, Silver in 100,200 Breast, 50 Back,100 and 200 Free. Bronze medals coming in 100 Back, Fly and 50 Breast. Abigail Davis took Golds in the 50 Breast and Fly. Then 5 Silvers in 50,100 Back, 100, 200 Free and 100 Breast, collecting 2 Bronzes in 100 Fly and 200 IM. Ten-year-old Louka Bramwell took the most Golds for Solihull Swimming Club winning an impressive 4 Golds in 50 Fly, 100 IM ,200 Back and 400 Free then picking up two Bronzes in 200 free and 50 Back. Molly Egan 11, Sam Kelly 10 and James McClure 11 all took three top three medals each. Molly took 3 Bronze medals 50 Free and the 100 and 200 Breast, Sam winning 50 Back Gold and Bronze in 100 IM and 50 Fly. James McClure took Gold in 50 Fly, Silver in 100 Fly and Bronze in 50 Back. The following swimmers took 1 top three medal each. Georgia Amer Beg 14 200 Fly Bronze, Reece Harvey 12 200 Back and Shaivya Shrivasta the only ten-year-old to be brave enough to do the 200 Fly so came away with Gold Medal.

An impressive 56 Medals were taking by the team for 4th to 8th position the following swimmers gained those medals. Reece Harvey 9, Oliver Porter 6, Max Hitchman 4 , Molly Egan 4, Mia Evans 4, Aidan Hogan 3, Lilly Chiles 3,  Isha Shrivasta 3, Freya Casey-Talbot 2, Marcos Panayi-Bishop 2, Abi Davis 2, Charlotte Turpin 2, Julia Watson 2, Kate Lewis 2 , Trinity Townsend 2,  Sam Kelly 1,  Brooke Fisher 1, Lila Sutton 1 , James McClure  1. Congratulations to all our swimmers as numerous PBS were attained along with medals great way to end the Open meet season. Thank you to our officials and poolside helpers for giving up their time so the Children could compete.



 May 2017 saw three Solihull swimmers swim at the West Midlands Championships at Coventry 50m pool alongside four of our Duel City of Birmingham swimmers. Deen Ahmed (13 years) , Laila Elfandi (12 years) and Owen Perkins (12 years) qualified for 21 events between them. 

Deen took part in 8 events and achieved the feat of Finals in all his events. In his free style events, he took 5th place in the 400 Free, Bronze in 200m, Silver medals in the 100m and 50m Free and the Gold in the 1500m Free. Taking part in all the Backstrokes and qualifying for all finals, he took the Bronze in the 200 back, and Silver medals in the 50 and 100m Finals.

Laila took part in 7 events and qualified for 3 finals in her age group, taking part in all the Backstroke finals, Laila came 5th in the 200m and took a Bronze in 100 Back and Silver in 50m Back.  Laila has been invited on the West Midlands Training programme, the top eighteen 12 year olds in the West Midlands have been invited on three training days starting on Sunday 2nd July at Coventry pool.

Owen took part in 6 events and qualified for the 50m Back final taking 7th place.

Duel City of Birmingham members taking part were Ben Kelly, Abigail Llewelyn, Megan Nicklin and Imogen Kielstra.   Ben Kelly took 5th in his Age group for the 400IM   and qualified for the 200m Final taking 5th place.

Congratulations to all our swimmers on achieving their West Midlands times and competing at the championships.

Rugby Open Meet 2017 (full results now on Members' page)

Solihull took part in the Rugby Open meet at the beginning of March. The club took 28 swimmers to compete over the three days. Many swimmers attend this meet looking to achieve West Midlands Championship times. Our swimmers put in great swims with numerous Pbís from them, medals were awarded to the top three in each double age groups 9/10 11/12 13/14 and Open making it slightly tougher for the younger age group in each category . Sarah Warwood (SSC & UOB) set an impressive standard once again, taking part in 4 events 50 and 100 Free, 100 IM and 50 Free she took the Gold in each of these events. Megan Nicklin (SSC & COB) 10 years old competed on just the Saturday, she took the bronze medals in the 100IM and 50Fly and Gold in the 200IM. In the 200 Breast Stroke, she put in an outstanding performance, Meg had already achieved her West Midland Time, however she took an incredible 13 seconds off to do a 3.03.47, making her 12 seconds under the WM Time and blowing the competition out the water with her closes competitor taking silver in 3.20.98. Laila Elfandi 12 years old was also looking to secure and add to her numerous West Midland Times, Laila took bronze medals 100 Free, 200 Back and 100 Back and Silver in 50 Free, she had already secured her WM times for all these events. Laila took gold in the 100IM. In the 200 Free Laila was not placed but gained a New WM Qualifying time for this event. Owen Perkins 11 years old took Bronze medals 400 IM and 100 Back, gaining a WM time for this event, he did not place in the 50m Free but got his WM Time.  Achieving more than one medal in their individual events were Abigail Davis 10 yearsí olds taking medals in her favourite Stroke Breast, Bronze in 200 and Gold in 50 and 100 Breast. Sam Kelly 9 years old took a bronze in 200 Back and Silver in 100 back an excellent achievement as he is 9 in the 9/10 age group.  Taking home one medal were Trinity Townsend 10 years old Gold in the 200 Fly, Ben Davis Open AG Silver 100 IM. The following swimmers all took one Bronze Medal, Molly Egan 100 Breast, James McClure 50 Fly and Reece Harvey 200 Back. Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in a very fast meet, also for the support you gave your friends in their swims.

Warwickshire Championships 2017

Warwickshire County Championships were held at Coventry pool, over the last weekend in January and the second weekend in February. Solihull took 20 swimmers to compete over the four days. Solihull came away with a Double County Champion, Three Age Group Champions and 30 medals.

The County Champion once more came from Caitlin Hubbard (SSC & COB), Caitlin took part in four events, 50 and 200 Fly, 200 IM and 200 Free she qualified for finals in all of them, however decided to just take part in the 50m and 200m Fly, winning both of her finals with ease making her Double County Champion. Age Group Champions came from Deen Ahmed, Megan Nicklin and Laila Elfandi. Deen Ahmed 13 years old, took part in 8 events and incredibly took Gold in every single event, winning every single Freestyle event, 50m,100m,200m,400m and 1500m and then repeated the process in the Back Stroke taking gold in 50m,100m and 200m Back, making him Age Group Champion 8 times over. Megan Nicklin 11 years old (SSC & COB) showed her domination in the Breast Stroke by taking the Gold medal in the 50m, 100m and 200m making her a triple Age Group Champion she also gained her three West Midlands times for Breaststroke whilst doing this, Meg took Silver in 200IM 10/11 Years HDW, and also qualified for the finals in three other events 50m Fly,100m Fly and 100 Back. Laila Elfandi 12year old qualified for 5 finals 50m, 100m Free, 50m, 100m Back and 50m Fly Final, Laila took Bronze in the 100m Free and moved that to Silver in the 100 Back, she took the Gold in the 50 Back making her Age Group Champion. Imogen Kielstra 11 years old (SSC & COB) was the only female swimmer to qualify and compete in Finals in EVERY single one of her events amassing 7 finals. She narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 Back, but then proceeded to be placed 2nd or 3rd in her other 6 finals, taking Bronze in 100 Free,100 Fly and 50 Back, her silver medals came in 200 Back (HDW for 10/11 year olds) 50 Free and 50 Fly. Owen Perkins 12 years old had a great meet and decided his favourite coloured medal was Bronze, Owen took part in 7 finals and took Bronze in 5 of the finals, he took Bronze in 50m of all strokes and added a Bronze from the 100 Fly.  Adding to the medals were Ben Kelly (SSC & COB), Ben took part in 5 finals and in the 400 Free it was a close call with Deen Ahmed, Ben took the Silver medal where he was 300th of a second behind Deen.  Abigail Davis aged 11 finishes off our swimmers who achieved medals taking the Bronze in the 100 Breast she also competed in the 50 Breast final. Additional Solihull Swimmers that gained places in finals were, Reece Harvey 12 years (100m, 50m Fly and Back) Lily Chiles 13years (100 Back and 10/13 200 Back) Abbie Llewelyn 13 years (200 Breast) James McClure 11 Years (50m Fly). Thanks to our Volunteers who make these competitions take place by giving up their own time, Matt Kelly and Ruth Nicklin poolside supporting Dean and our volunteer officials Derrick Dyas, Matt Davis and Michael Chiles. Special thanks go to Andy Nicklin and Michael Chiles who at the last minute offered to man the doors at our allocated time. Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part over the four days.

Membership Fees Update


The Club Committee is pleased to inform you that, thanks to improved revenue from higher membership numbers, we are able to postpone until later in the year the monthly membership fee increases that were agreed at last yearís Annual General Meeting and were due to be implemented on 1st April.


Also on the subject of fees, we would like to thank all of you who have signed up to pay their monthly fees by direct debit.   The collection of membership fees is very time-consuming and using a direct debit system does help to reduce the workload of our loyal volunteers.   So we would be most grateful if those of you that havenít already signed up to GoCardless could please do so.

Warwickshire Championships 2017

Results from 2017 Warwickshire County Championships are available for download on the members' page.

February 2017 Time Trial Results

The time trial results for February 2017 are now available for download from the Members' page.

Latest Splash Newsletter

Click here for the December 2016 issue of the Splash Newsletter.

Move to Direct Debit system for collecting monthly club fees

Notice to all members
Please note that, at our recent Annual General Meeting, the club agreed to move to a direct debit system for collecting monthly club fees.  We have signed up to a system named GoCardless and you will shortly be receiving an automated email from our Treasurer, Mike Beard, requesting the information required to set up your monthly payment.  Note that you need to sign up by the 20th of the month in order for your direct debit to be collected on the normal payment date of the 28th of the month.  Once you have agreed to move onto direct debit, please ensure that you then cancel your standing order.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Bob Floyd

We are very saddened to learn that our legendary former Head Coach, Bob Floyd, passed away on Friday 9th December.  Bob coached at our club for well over 40 years right up until the start of this year and he was Head Coach for over 30 years during which time he developed us from being just a teaching club to being a strong competitive club.  Always smiling and chirpy, Bob was a ray of sunshine on the poolside and we are deeply indebeted to him for his friendship and his unparalleled service to our club.

Swimming Dates around Christmas/New Year

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
Last Session before Christmas     Friday 23rd December 2016
First Session in New Year             Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Solihull School pool
Last Session before Christmas     Friday 16th December 2016
First Session in New Year             Wednesday 4th January 2017

St. Martin's School pool
Last Session before Christmas     Tuesday 20th December 2016
First Session in New Year             Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Fun Gala

Christmas Fun Gala       Sunday 18th December 2016

Solihull School Pool closed Mon 21st - Fri 25th November incl.

Due to failed warm air blower and the water temperature dropping, Solihull School pool is now closed all this week - Monday 21st to Friday 25th November inclusive.

Parts have been ordered and it is anticipated that the pool will be back to normal for Monday 28th November.

National League R1 and Time Trial Results

The results from the National League Round 1 and the Time Trial results for October and November are available on the Members' section of this website.

Huge congratulations on 1st place in Round 2.  Well done to all involved.  Results to follow soon.

Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 28th November commnecing at 8.15pm at the Solihull Methodist Church.  The Church is close to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, just proceed towards the town centre, turning left towards the train station and the car park is on the left before the station.  The AGM is being held in the Margaret Wharam room at the rear of the Church.

The agenda is as follows:
Minutes of 2015 AGM
Matters arising
Officers' Annual Reports
1.  Membership Fees for 2017
2.  Club rule changes
Election of Officers and Committee
Any other relevant business

Details of membership fee proposal for 2017 and club rule changes can be found on the Members' page of this website and on club notice boards at Tudor Grange and St. Martin's School pool.

All members and parents are welcome to attend.  It is an opportunity to find out more about the club and speak to the Committee.

Splash Newsletter - September 2016

The September 2016 issue of the Club newsletter, Splash, is available for download. 
Click here to download.

Nuneaton Junior League Final

Congratulations to all swimmers, coaches and helpers on achieving 2nd place in the Nuneaton and District Junior League this afternoon at Wolverhampton Central Baths.  They finished in 2nd place in this gala and also 2nd place overall for the League when adding up the points from the previous three rounds.  Well done all - promotion to Division 1.

All swimmers swam extremely well and were cheered on by a very enthusiastic group of supporters.  Special thank you to our gala officials.


Club Championships 2016

The results of the 2016 Club Championships are now available for download from the members' section of this website.

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part.  Many thanks to all helpers, chaperones and officials.


Solihull Swimming Club competed at their last open meet of the 2016 season at the Coventry and District Meet.  37 Swimmers went, with the girls once more out numbering the boys, the girls took part in 144 events between them and the boys doing 44 events. The team collected a very impressive 84 medals between them, with 33 of them being Gold, Silver and Bronze. Swimmers also had numerous PBíS which is of great importance.

Taking 10 Medals himself all top three was Aurelio Lencioni Gold in 50, 200 Free, 100, 200 Back. Silver in 100, 400 Free,200 IM, 50 Back and Bronze in 100 and 200 Breast.  Also taking Gold, Megan Nicklin 50 Fly, Ella Buzzard 200 Breast and Laila Elfandi in 200 Free.  

Silver medals went to Abigail Davis 200 Breast, Tasha Barguss 200 Fly, Heidi Rhodes James 200 Fly. Imogen Kielstra 100IM ,50 Breast,50 and 200 Back, Charlotte McClure 100 Back, 50 Breast.

Bronze went to Abbie Llewelyn 50,100 Breast, 400 Free, Laila Elfandi 50 Breast, 100 Fly, Molly Egan 200 Breast, Ella Buzzard 100 Breast, Charlotte McClure 100 Free, Reece Harvey 100 Fly, Megan Nicklin 200 Back and Abdur Rhamin Sharif 50 Fly.

Medals were awarded to all swimmers who finished in a top 8 place the following swimmers collect medals for these positions.  Collecting 6 Medals were Chris Mitchell, Isha Srivatsa and Molly Egan. 5 Medals Abbie Llewelyn, 4 Medals Abigail Davis, 3 Medals, Reece Harvey, Megan Nicklin, James and Charlotte McClure. 2 Medals Abdur Rhamin Sharif, Aidan Hogan, Laila Elfandi and finally 1 medal went to Scarlett Hubbard, Ella Buzzard, Remy Mann, Georgia Ameer Beg and Trinity Townsend. The children were great poolside, and thanks goes to the parents and volunteers who once again gave up their time to either officiate, organise the children poolside, Matt Davis, Derrick Dyas, Debbie Hogan, Jo Harker-Barguss and Gavin Ameer-Beg. Dean once more spent his weekend poolside. Well done all, if you didnít get a medal but got PBíS thatís great so well done. Letís look forward to a great 2016/2017 season.


The West Midland Championships recently took place. This was the first year that the Midlands have split into two competitions with the East holding their own competition in Sheffield.  The West Midlands held their Youth and Age Group Championships at Coventry pool in May, this lead to a slight change in qualifying times to make sure more Age Group swimmers got a chance to compete. Solihull had 7 swimmers competing over the Age Group and Youth competition. Den Ahmed, Elizabeth Aston, Laila Elfandi, Charlotte McClure, also Duel Club members Ben Kelly, Catlin Hubbard and Dan Moore.

Deen Ahmed aged 12 qualified for most events taking part in 8, he qualified for finals in all but one. He competed in the 50,100 and 200 Back, qualifying for the 50 and 100 Back finals coming 6th in both. In Front Crawl he shined and took Gold Medals in 200, 400 and 1500. In the 50m Free final he took Silver and took the bronze in the 100m Free Final. Deen was also crowned best boy in 11/12 category and received a cheque for £50.

Elizabeth Aston aged 13, qualified for 3 events, all in Breast stroke, and made finals in all her events a fantastic achievement. Taking 6th in the 200m and 5th in the 100 Final, in the 50m final she pulled out all the stops to take the Bronze medal. Elizabeth does all her training with Solihull.

Also taking part in the Age Group Championships were Ben Kelly 12 years, COB swimmer (100 and 200 Free ,200 back and 400IM) Charlotte McClure 13 years (50 Back & 50 Fly) and Laila Elfandi 11 years (50 Back).

Duel club Members Dan Moore (Coventry) and Caitlin Hubbard (COB) took part in the youth Championships also held at Coventry pool, Dan 17 years old took part in the 50,100, 200 Back and 50,100, 200 Fly and the 400 IM, qualifying for the finals of the 100 Fly, 200 Fly , 50 Back, 100 Back, and 200 Back  Dan did not compete in all his finals choosing to concentrate on certain ones where he  achieved Bronze Medals in 200 Back and 200 Fly Finals and Caitlin won the 50 Fly final in a time  29.13 this was her only event and she was the quickest competitor in the whole youth competition.

Congratulations to all on your achievements.

May Bank Holiday Arrangements

There is no swimming for any groups on the following dates
Sunday 29th May 2016
Monday 30th May 2016
Solihull School is closed for all sessions  from Monday 29th May to Friday 3rd June 2016.

Club Championships 2016

Entry forms and conditions for the 2016 Club Championships are now available for download on this website - see section under Swimming/Club Championships 2016.

Entry deadline Friday 10th June 2016.

Open to all Club Members (some conditions apply).

Splash Newsletter

The March 2016 issue of Splash Newsletter (Issue 14) can be downloaded here.
Past issues can be found in the box on right hand side of the Home Page.

Solihull School Wednesday 6th April

The sessions at Solihull School on Wednesday 6th April 2016 are cancelled.

Easter Arrangements 2016

Training arrangements over Easter 2016 are as follows:

Solihull School
Last session before Easter Tuesday 22nd March 2016
First session after Easter Monday 4th April 2016

St. Martin's School
Pool closed Easter Monday 28th March 2016
Pool closed (no teaching groups) Tuesday 29th March 2016

Tudor Grange
Pool closed Good Friday 25th March 2016
Pool closed Easter Sunday 27th March 2016

Warwickshire County Championships 2016

Solihull swimmers took part in the Warwickshire County Championships held over four days in March at the Coventry 50m Pool. Under the new rules, each age group now had finals for 50m and 100m events, 200m were split 10/13 age group and 14 years and above. The 400 and 800m events were HDW.  Deen Ahmed, Elizabeth Aston and Caitlin Hubbard qualified for Age Group Finals in all their events.  Dan Moore 18 years old had an exceptional meet qualifying for 6 Championship finals, including all Fly and Backstoke finals.  He took Bronze in the 100M and 200m Fly and took top 3 placings in all the backstroke finals, Bronze in the 200m and 50m and Silver in the 100m, missing out on gold by less than half a second.  Deen Ahmed competed in seven Age Group Finals; taking part in all the Free Finals, winning the 50m and 100m and Silver in the 200m and 400m.  Deen qualified for all backstroke finals taking Bronze in the 100m Event.  Elizabeth Aston qualified for both her event finals 50m and 100 Breastroke, taking the Silver in the 50m Event in a fantastic PB of 38.84.  Caitlin Hubbard, due to commitments with City of Birmingham, took part in just the final weekend.  Once more she qualified for all her finals, and became County Champion twice over and Junior Champion.  Caitlin became County Champion for the 50m and 200m Fly and Junior Champion in the 100 Back.  Laila Elfandi, 11 years old, was also a medalist in her Age Group Finals with Backstroke being her winning stroke, taking Gold in the 50 and 100, she also took Silver in the 50 free and bronze in the 200 Free.  Megan Nicklin  took silver in the 10/11 200 Breastroke.  Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part there was great swimming across the whole squad.

Queen's New Year Honours List

The Club is proud to announce that Mike Beard has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

This is in recognition of his outstanding voluntary service to swimming and water polo over many years.  He has dedicated over 35 years to our Club in the roles of Committee Member, Chairman and Water Polo Coach.   Having been Club Chair for 15 years, he currently serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer and continues to coach water polo three to four times a week.  In addition to his Club roles, Mike was ASA President in 2000 and became their first ever Chairman in 2001.  He held this position until 2006 when he stood down to enable him to give his full attention to the ASA West Midland Region Board where he is the current Finance Manager. 

Many congratulations to Mike on this well deserved award.

Christmas Swimming

All these details can be found on the swimming page of our website.
Also on our two permanent notice boards at the pools


Last Session Tuesday 22nd, next session Tuesday 29th.
Normal Sessions resume Sunday 3rd January 2016.
An email has also been sent out to groups concerning the Tuesday sessions.


Last Session Tuesday 22nd December.
Normal sessions resume Monday 4th January 2016.


Last session Friday 18th December.
Normal sessions resume Wednesday 6th January 2016.

Splash Newsletter

The latest issue of the Splash Newsletter (issue 13 December 2015) is available for download in the box to the right of this webpage or click here.

December 2015 Time Trials

The results of 6th December 2015 time trials are available on the members' section of the website.

Annual Reports 2015

At the recent Annual General Meeting, various reports were presented which summarise the activities and results during 2015.  These reports can be downloaded below:

Chairman's Report
Head Coach (Swimming) Report
Water Polo Report

Christmas Fun Gala 2015

There will be games in the pit for the younger swimmers (stages 1 - 4) and those in stages 5, 6 and 7 can take part in the activities in the main pool.

Please email Karen or download this slip (click here to download) and return to your teacher, coach, Dean or Karen.

November Time Trial Results

The results of the November time trial can be downloaded from the Members' section of this website.

Annual General Meeting 2015

The 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 23rd November 2015 commencing at 8.15pm at the Solihull Methodist Church Annex (opposite Tudor Grange Leisure Centre).

The meeting lasts for about 1 hour and all members and parents are welcome to attend.

Minutes of 2014 Annual General Meeting
Matters arising
Officers' Annual Reports
1.  Membership Fees for 2016
The Committee is proposing that fees remain unaltered for 2016
Election of Officers and Committee
Any other relevant business

Nominations for any position on the Committee must be made by two members and must be received by the Club Secretary (click here for email link),with the written consent of the nominee, at least 15 days before the AGM.


We are very saddened to learn that Ian Harker, who was a major figure and key volunteer at our club for over 20 years, passed away last week.

Ian became involved in the club in the late 1980's when two of his daughters, Beth and Sam, joined as swimmers.  He became Club Treasurer in 1989 and held this role continuously until 2009.  Throughout his stewardship the club maintained sound finances and avoided any of the financial hiccups that are common-place in clubs elsewhere.  He also officiated for many years at our galas and was qualified up to referee level.  In the early 1990's Ian's wife, Sue, started the club swim shop which she ran until Ian stood down as Treasurer and, of course, their two daughters, Karen and Jo, are continuing in the family tradition and are now running the shop for us.

Our sincerest condolences are extended to Sue and all of her family.

Another Water Polo Success

Congratulations to our under 16 water polo team for claiming this year's Midland Water Polo Youth League with a 100% record winning all 12 of their matches and scoring 176 goals against 56.

Top scorer was Alex Chapman with 58 goals followed by Finn Nicholas (43), Aaron Bach (33) and Gabriel McLaughlin (23) but special mention must also be made of Cally McLaughlin who had an outstanding season in goal.

18 players in total played for the team over the season which started back in March but most appearanes apart from the above players were from, Ben Creaton, Connor Guard, Krishan Kaushal and Tilly Neal.

Well done to all of you and coaches Phil Powell, Pete Farkas and Jake Vincent.

October 2015 Time Trials & National League Round 1

The October 2015 time trial and National League Round 1 results can be downloaded from the Member's section of this website.


With effect from September 2015, Time Trials will start at 5pm for all groups. Warm up will be 5pm till 5.30pm then all swimmers will take part in the one session. Three strokes and distances will still be swam. We have made the decision based on timing issues of our second session. We anticipate that the session should be finished by approximately  7 / 7.30 pm. We welcome your feedback to the Coaches or any committee member about how it works after the  Time Trial on Sunday 13th September. We are hoping it will be successful for all swimmers but please bear with us as its the first attempt at doing it this way. Look forward to seeing you on Sunday 13th September at 5pm at Tudor Grange.  Swim Shop will also restart at the Time Trials.

August Bank Holiday arrangements

No Swimming at Tudor Grange Sunday 30th August . St Martins there is no swimming Monday 31st August and Tuesday 1st September. Swimming is as normal at Tudor Grange on Tuesday night. Enjoy your Bank Holiday

Caitlin Hubbard GB Call Up

Member of Solihull Swimming Club and City of Birmingham swimmer Caitlin Hubbard has received a call up for Team GB for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) to take place in Tbilisi Georgia from 26th July to 1st August.  Caitlin is one of just 16 swimmers from Great Britain and will be taking part in the individual 100 Fly and 200 Fly together with the Fly leg in the girls and mixed medley relays.  This is a huge achievement for any athlete.  Caitlin trains long hard hours with the Elite Senior Squad at the City of Birmingham.  Congratulations to Caitlin and to her family, Paul, Sue and Scarlett who are all very much part of Solihull Swimming Club.  We wish her good luck at the Festival.  To find out more about EYOF 2015 visit www.tbilisi2015.com.  The Festival involves a range of other sports and competitors are aged between 13 and 17 years with over 50 competing nations.

Session Times Clarification - Pre-Junior and Junior Intermediates

Please note the revised session times for the groups below:

Junior Intermediates
Sundays  6-7pm Tudor Grange
Tuesdays 8-9pm St. Martin's School

The Tuesday session at St. Martin's School is 7-8pm.
Other sessions remain unchanged.

Junior League Results Round 3

Results of Round 3 Junior Leagues now on Members' section of this website.

Coventry and Districts Open Meet Success

22 swimmers took part in the Coventry and District Open Meet at The Pingles Pool in Nuneaton. The swimmers had a fantastic meet earning a massive 91 Personal Bests between them and 38 Medals. With the change in gala times just a week before the event, we had to deal with a fair few changes. Resulting in  a late night on the Saturday for all involved and then back up for an early start Sunday, some parents must of wondered why they went home Saturday night ! Congratulations goes to Elizabeth Aston who won the 12 year old Girls 50 and 100 Breaststroke also to Ben Kelly who won the boys 11 year old 200 Back.  Second placings went to Elizabeth Aston 200 Breast , Ben Kelly 400 Free, Reece Harvey  10 year old 200 Back, Laila Elfandi 10 year 50 Fly and third placings went to Aurelio Lencioni  10 years 200 Free, Ben Kelly 100 Back and Chris Mitchell 15 years 200 Breast.  Medals were given out to sixth place so congratulations to the following swimmers who were placed 4th to 6th position.

Chris Mitchell 5 medals, Abbie Llewelyn 4 medals. With three medals were Aurelio Lencioni, Ben Kelly and Tasha Barguss. Receiving two medals were Oliver Porter and Heidi Rhodes James. And with 1 medal Reece Harvey, Lila Sutton, Isha Shrivastava, Zoe Mason, Richard Aston and Laila Elfandi.

And itís not all about medals, Personal Best were excellent at this meet and really important  and it was great to see so many of you swimming so well every single swimmer recording personal bestís. Congratulations to the following swimmers who recorded PBíS in all their races, Abigail Kelly, Elizabeth Aston, Isha Shrivastava, Ella Buzzard , Georgia Ameer Beg, Natasha Barguss , Charlotte McClure , Abigail Green, Laila Elfandi and Elizabeth Cornforth and recording PBís in all but one of their events were Aurelio Lencioni, Niamh Barguss, Reece Harvey, Oliver Porter and Scarlett Hubbarb. Fantastic swimming by the whole tea.

Success for Caitlin Hubbard and Becky Kamau

Caitlin Hubbard was a member of the GB Team that took part in the Energy Standard Cup 4 Nations Meet in Italy. 40 Talented young British swimmers were selected to compete against teams from Italy, Germany and Moscow.  The selected swimmers were invited as part of the English programme phase 3 talent development programme. Caitlin took part in four events, in the 50m Fly she came 5th. Caitlin then made the podium in all her other events, Gaining silver Medals in the 100 Fly, the 200Fly and as part of the Medley Relay Team.

Becki Kamau has broken the West Midlands Junior Short course Record for the 100IM in a time of 1.04.19.

Congratulations once more to both girls.

Performance Tables (PB's) June 2015

Performance Tables (list of Personal Bests) for times recorded in the past 12 months have been added under the Members' section of this website.  Login under the members section and click on Performance Awards - and then the first link "Performance Table PB's June 2015".
This should assist with the completion of entry times for the Club Championships.

May & June 2015 Time Trial Results & Club Championships

The May and June 2015 Time Trial results can now be downloaded from the Members' Section of this website.

Copies of entry form and promoter's conditions for the 2015 Club Championships can also be found in the Swimming Section under "Club Championships 2015".

Performance Tables containing PB's to assist with the completion of the entry form for the Club Championships will be posted soon.

Latest Newsletter

The latest newsletter (Solihull Splash Issue 11) is available now.  See box on right-hand side of this webpage to download your copy.


St Martins Pool will re open on Monday 1st June. So normal training will commence. Thank you all for your patience.


SUNDAY 24th May -: Normal Training Sessions Tudor Grange 5 pm start. No Land Training . No Teaching.

TUESDAY 26th May -: Normal Training Session Tudor Grange  also Junior 1's invited to train.7.30 pm start.

WEDNESDAY 27th May -: Normal Training session at Solihull School .


St. Martin's School pool will be closed for two weeks from 18th May 2015. We are currently reviewing the training schedules for all groups affected by this news.  As soon as we have more information, we will post changes to session timetables on Facebook, website and send out emails.

Our apologies for the disruption, but the incident at St. Martin's causing the pool closure was during school hours and therefore beyond our control.


The Leicester League Team travelled to Burton on Trent, led by Team Manager Simon Lewis the team put in a great effort and were very focussed, the night got off to a great start in the very first race with a win by 9yr Old Niamh Barguss in the Breast Stroke, 9yr old Isabell Church also came first in the Butterfly. The 11 year old girls also chased first places, with Helen Toone winning the Breast Stroke and Charlotte McClure the Fly and Free. Second places went to Daniel Abrahams 10yr Back, Julia Watson 9yr Free, Nina Lewis 11yr Back. 3rd Places went to Marcos Panayi-Bishop 9yrs Breast, Julia Watson 9yr Back, Isabela Collins 12yr Fly, Isabell Church swimming up an age group came 3rd in 10yr fly. The Relay Teams of Girls 11yrs Freestyle Team, Nina Lewis, Helen Toone, Ella Williamsís and Charlotte McClure took 2nd Place in Free and third in Medley and girls 12yr old Free Relay of Kate Lewis , Isabelle Collins , Isha Shirvastana and Charlotte McClure took third. The team had children swimming above their age group in races and relays and they swam and coped brilliantly. Solihull were the only team to have no Disqualifications an excellent achievement.  Best Boy was Daniel Abrahams for highest individual placed boy and Best Girl Charlotte McClure who won both her Individuals and had great swims with her relay team. Thank you to all our Time Keepers and Chaperone and supporters. We look forward to a full team at the next round on 9th May.


Nuneaton and District Team, competed at Stecthford Pool, Solihull hosted the Gala and swam against 5 other teams. It was a very competitive Gala with a great performance by the Team, Solihull held second position for the whole gala finishing on 192 points, with Womborne winning on 230 and Blythe B in third position on 177 points. The team performed very well together working hard in all their races. 1st places went to,  9 year olds Max Hitchman in Back and Free and Imogen Kielstra Fly, 11yrs Ben Kelly Back and 12u James Lee Fly. 2nd Places went to 10yrs Aurelio Lencioni Back and Laila Elfandi Back and Fly. 11yrs Abbie Llewelyn Fly and 12 Yr Elizabeth Aston Breast and James Lee Back. With 3rdís going to 9yrs Joe Pemberton Fly and Abigail Davis Breast, 10 yrs Aidan Hogan Breast and Mia Evans Free, 11yr Abbie Llewelyn Breast, 12 year olds Abigail Green Back and Tasha Barguss Fly. The Relay teams were in great form, winning were 9 year old boys Medley, Remy Mann, Max Hitchman, Joe Pemberton and Sam Rawlins-Smith, 9 year Old Girls Medley of Megan Nicklin, Abigail Davis, Imogen Kielstra and Lila Sutton the girls also came second in their free relay. 10 year old boys came 2nd and 3rd in their relays and 11 year old Boys came 3rd in their Free Relay. 10 year old Girls came 2nd in their Free Relay. 11 u girls of Abbie Llewelyn, Hattie Pearce, Zoe Ashwell came second in both their Relays with the 12yr old girls of Abigail Green, Rebecca Vidal, Elizabeth Aston and Tasha Barguss came 3rd in there Medley Relay. Best Girl went to 9 year Old Imogen Kielstra who won the Fly in a new PB of 18.97 and Best Boy went to 9 year old Max Hitchman who won both his individual events in new PBs, Free in 21.88 and Back in 18.59   Great support for the Kids poolside with Dean, Matt Kelly and Rachel Davis. Also thanks to all the volunteers as without your help we could not have hosted the gala and also you were extra shouting power poolside! Next round is 9th May.


Solihull Swimming Club took 18 swimmers to the COB Open Meet over Easter Weekend, they competed in 94 events. The whole team performed incredibly well, achieving 64 PBíS and 33 medals. The team consisted of swimmers of just 9 years doing their first open meet to our senior Swimmers. The meet is split into Level 2 and Level 3. . Also competing were our three City of Birmingham swimmers all swimming at Level two. Becky Kamau won the 100m IM and 100 Breast Stroke breaking a 20 year old record in a time of 1.09.44 Caitlin Hubbard won the 200 Fly and competed in two finals, coming 3rd in the 100 Back and Winning the 50 Fly. Dan Moore had a fantastic meet coming 3rd in 200Fly and qualifying for 5 finals, coming 4th in 100Fly, 3rd in 100Back and 50 Back and 2nd in 50 Fly and 200 Breast. Solihull Success at Level two went to Ben Kelly who came 3rd in the 9/10 years 100 Back. Deen Ahmed competed at Level two for all his events and came away with 8 medals, coming 2nd in 9-10 years 100 IM, and winning 9/10year old 50,100,200 and 400 Free, 50,100 and 200 back. Deen was also 3rd place 9/10 Boy for the whole meet. Level three success was fantastic and culminating in Solihull Swimming Club competing in numerous Level three finals. Medals went to the following,  competing in the 9- 10 year olds  Age Group , Abbie Llewlyn 2nd 200 Free, Lalia Elfandi 2nd 50 Fly and 100 IM , Ben Kelly 1st 100IM , Lila Sutton 2nd 200Breast and Niamh Barguss 2nd 200 Back. Aurelio Lencioni achieved 5 Medals 2nd 100IM and 1st in 100 Breast, 200 Free, 200 Breast and 50Free. 11-12 year Old success went to Zoe Mason 2nd 50 back and Tasha Barguss 3rd 50 Breast and 50 Free. Abigail Green achieved 6 Medals, 3rd 100 IM, 2nd 100 back, 50 Breast, 50 Free and 200 Back and a first in 200 IM. In the 13 + Age range Rachel Davis came 3rd in 50 Breast. This year SSC qualified for 15 places at Level 3 Finals, this was a fantastic achievement and a great experience for our swimmers especially walking on poolside to music and lights and then getting introduced individually. Finals and Placings went to the following Richard Aston 100 Back 6th, 100 Breast 5th and 50 Breast 4th, Rachel Davis 50 Fly 5th and 50 Breast 3rd, Abigail Green 200 Back, 100 Back and 100 IM 6th and 200 IM 4th. Zoe Mason 50 Back 2nd. Benjamin Davis 50 Back 4th and 100 Fly 3rd. Tasha Barguss 200 Back 5th. Aurelio Lencioni 50 Free 6th and 200 Breast 5th. Congratulations to all our swimmers the PBíS that were achieved by all swimmers was excellent . The atmosphere and support between all the swimmers and parents was fantastic. Thank you especially to Matt Kelly and Rachel Davis who support all the children and stayed to watch them swim in their finals which very much appreciated. Also thanks to our officials who gave up their time to help the meet run smoothly Paul Hubbard, Dave Moore, Derrick Dyas and Anne-Marie Aston. Well done all.



 The Warwickshire Championships took place over the first three Saturdays of March. With the change in qualification rules at late notice this year we had a smaller number of swimmers taking part to proceeding years.  The swimmers that we took all performed well over the meet producing some excellent swims and PBíS and some even met the Mayor of Solihull !   Special mention goes to, Deen Ahmed who came 3rd in 10/12 year old 200 Back and the 100 Free and 2nd in 10/12 year old 200 Free.  Dan Moore came 3rd in 200 Back and he qualified for three Championship Finals, coming 4th in 100Fly, 6th in 100Back and 5th in 50Back. Becky Kamau and Caitlin Hubbard due to their training schedule for the British Championships only competed in the first Saturday of the meet. Becky came 2nd in 400 IM and 200Free, she also qualified for the Championship Final of 100Fly where she came 3rd.  Becky won the 200 Breaststroke making her County Champion. Caitlin came 4th in 400IM, 2nd in 13/14 year 200 Free, 1st in 13/14 50 Back and qualified for the Championship Final for this event  where she came 3rd, she also qualified for the 100Fly Championship final which she won making her County Champion. Congratulations to our two new County Champions and also to all our swimmers who took part. Thank you to Dean who supported out swimmers over the three weekends. Also thanks to our volunteers Matt Kelly poolside and Derrick Dyas, Anne Marie Aston, Paul Hubbard, Dave Moore and Matt Davis who all gave up their time to officiated at the meet.

Easter Closure Arrangements 2015

The pool closures over the Easter period are as follows:

Solihull School: No sessions between Monday 30th March and Friday 11th April inclusive.  Sessions resume on Monday 13th April 2015.

St. Martin's School: No sessions on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th April 2015 (teaching classes/pre-juniors).

Tudor Grange: No sessions on Friday 3rd April and Sunday 5th April 2015.

Senior and Junior Trophy Gala


Our annual Junior Trophy Gala took place last weekend at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre. Solihull swam two Teams, Gold and Black and Camp Hill, Rugby and Kingsbury Swimming Clubs provided the competition. It turned out to be a very competitive gala with Kingsbury leading the Gala for the majority of the evening. But Solihull Gold and Rugby put the pressure on with each team being in second place during the night, Solihull Gold continued their attack till the end, with the gala finishing with Kingsbury and Solihull Gold tying for first place on 241 points each. Solihull Swimmers had a great night with the Black Team achieving a fabulous 22 PBíS between them and Gold Team hot on their heels with 21 PBíS, the two teams achieved  17  1st places, 16  2nd places and 10 3rd places. With great swims from the whole squad the swimmers that achieved 1st place were 10 year old Boys Reece Harvey Backstroke, Aidan Hogan Breast and 11 year old Boys Deen Ahmed Free. 9 year old Girls Megan Nicklin Free, Imogen Kielstra Fly, Abigail Davis Breast. 10 Year old girls Laila Elfandi Back and Fly. 11 year old girls Abbie Llewelyn Breast and Fly. 12 Year old Girls Elizabeth Aston Breast. The Gold Team of 9 Year Old Girls, 11 Year old Boys and 12 year old Girls won both their relays of Medley and Free.    Thank you to the Coaches, Officials and poolside helpers who helped the gala run smoothly and by all accounts the kids from every club all seem to have a great night. The Gala has set the teams up well for their junior Leagues that beginning in April. Well done all.


Solihull Gold and Black Teams competed against Teams from Coventry and Kingsbury at our Senior Trophy Gala. For some of our swimmers it was their first Team Gala. It turned out to be a very competitive Gala ending with just 6 points separating the top three teams. Coventry were victorious on 246 points with Kingsbury and Solihull Gold coming joint second on 240. With both Solihull Teams having 38 PBíS between them it was a great night for the swimmers. Special mention goes to the swimmers who gained first places in their races, Ben Kelly in 10u Fly and Free, Aurelio Lencioni  10yr Back Laila Elfandi 10ys Back, Hattie Pearce 10yr Free . James Lee 12 yr old Back and Breast. Chris Mitchell 14yr old Breast and Fly and Luke Greenhill for Open Menís Fly. Solihull Gold Boys 10 yr old Free Relay, Solihull Gold 14 yr Old Boys Free and Medley Relay team, Great Performance by all swimmers.

Splash Newsletter Issue 10

Issue 10 (Feb 2015) of the Splash Newsletter is available for download on the right-hand side of this home page or click here.

Important Information for Members

All members have received letters and emails concerning rise in fees and ASA Fees.  Please would you ensure that your ASA Fee is paid by 28th February 2015 and that you have increased your standing orders and paid any arrears. Sandra Boot, Membership Secretary will be at Tudor Grange Pool this Friday night and Sunday night to help you and answer any questions. Her contact details are at the side of the page. Thank you.

Swim Reports

Rebecca Kamau and Caitlin Hubbard were recently selected to compete for the ASA West Midlands Region Team at a three day meet in Luxemburg. Caitlin took part in eight events. Competing in the Youth Section, she finished in a top 8 position in all her events. Achieving top 3 places in five events, including 3rd in 100 Back and 2nd in the 200 Back. In her three Fly events 50, 100 and 200 she was took 1st place. Becki took part in five events, achieving top 8 positions in all her Breast Stroke events which included  5th in the Junior 50metre  Breast Stroke and 4th in the Junior 100metre Breaststroke, with these two Breast stroke swims she qualified for two B finals even though she is still a Junior, the Finals includes competitors from all the age groups. Congratulations to both girls.

Deen Ahmed (age 10) recently took part in The City of Derby Long Course Meet.  Achieving 3rd in his age group in 100 Free and 200 Back and 2nd in his age group for his 400 and 200 Free.

Membership Fees 2015

All members should have received an email today detailing the new membership fees with effect from 28th January 2015.  If you have not received notification, please contact Sandra (Membership Secretary).  Contact emails on the left of this webpage.


The end of the year has been a great finale for three members of Solihull Swimming Club. Jake Vincent and Becki Kamau were both nominated for Warwickshire Swimmer of the year for their outstanding achievements in their chosen sport. Congratulations go to Jake who won the award, he joined SSC at the age of 7 and swam in many galas, he progressed to water polo at 13 and became hooked, rapidly progressing and soon began a permanent member of the junior squad his talent gained him a place on the GB Junior Training scheme. Jake was captain for Solihull Junior Water Polo leading the team to Warwickshire and Midland League Championships wins.  At 19 Jake was promoted to the GB Senior Squad, where he has competed in the World League and European Championships, in 2012 he achieved the ultimate ambition of Competing in the Olympic Games. Jake is now permanently based in Solihull where he continues to play for the club and also coach our younger members, Becki Kamau finished her incredible year, which included the Commonwealth Games by becoming Midland short Course Junior Champion in four events, the 200IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 50 Breast she also broke the Midland Junior and Warwickshire County Records for 200IM Record in a time of 2.17.34. Caitlin Hubbard finished her great year in style, in November she broke two Junior Warwickshire Record, 50 Fly in 29.20 and 100 Fly in 1.02.40, Caitlin then went to the Midland Short course Championship and became Junior Champion in 200 Fly, 100 Fly and the 50 Fly in an incredible time of 29.04 breaking her own Warwickshire record, she also added the 200 Fly Midland Record in a time of 2.16.46. Caitlin has also been selected for the England Talent Programme where she will take part in a three day stroke course in January 2015 and to top her year off she has been selected to represent the West Midlands in Luxemburg in January at their European Meet. Our three swimmers our great ambassadors for our club and still remain committed to us even with their rigorous training schedules .Congratulations to you and your families.

Solihull Water Polo Team continue their success with Third Promotion

Solihull menís water polo team have now completed this seasonís British Water Polo League campaign and have gained promotion yet again.  The team re-entered BWPL in Division 5 three years ago and each year have gained promotion at the first attempt.   As a result next year they will compete in Division 2.   After a below par week-end at Gloucester last month the team needed to win both matches in the final week-end at Lancaster in order to gain promotion.   Coached by the clubs own Olympian, Jake Vincent,  a comfortable victory was achieved of 10-7 over Worthing in the first match but the final match against West London Penguin was a real nail-biter with Solihull managing to emerge as victors by 9 goals to 8.

Over the whole season the team won 10 matches, drew 3 and lost 1 scoring 207 goals.   Top scorers were Phil Powell (47), Jordan Elliott (39), Peter Farkas (38) and Tom Whiting (31).   Other players who played during the season were James Kelly, Matt Kelly, Charlie Hancox, Ben Greenhill, Matt Madden, Nick Beard, Sam Bennett, Simon Gateley, Felix Black and Ian Jolly.   It is worth noting that 7 of these 14 players are juniors (under 18)  

Congratulations to the Team, coaches and supporters great achievement for you all.

St. Martin's School Pool; Sessions cancelled Tuesday 16th December 2014

Tonight's sessions at St. Martin's pool are cancelled.  We have been told that there is a mechanical problem with the pumping system and the water temperature has dropped.

December Time Trial Results

The December time trial results can be downloaded form the Members' page of this website.

Session changes for Masters and Water Polo

With effect from 4th January 2015, the following changes to sessions will take effect:
Monday 9-10pm session at TG will move to Tuesdays 9-10pm at Tudor Grange
Tuesday 8-9pm session will move to Wednesdays 8-9pm at Solihull School

Water Polo
Wednesday 8-9pm session will move to Tuesdays 8-9pm at Solihull School

Latest Issue of Newsletter

The latest issue of the newsletter is available for download on the right hand side of the website homepage or click here.  After a short gap, these newsletters will continue to be issued on a quarterly basis.

Christmas Fun Gala 2014

The Christmas Fun Gala will take place on Sunday 21st December 2014 at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre starting at 5pm (till 8pm).

To assist the organisation of the evening, please could complete the attached form and return to your coach.  Thank you.

Click here to download copy of form.

Christmas and New Year Arrangements

The Christmas and New Year arrangements are as follows:

Tudor Grange pool
Last session before Christmas: Sunday 21st December 2014 (Fun Gala)
First session after Christmas: Friday 2nd January 2015

St. Martin's pool
Last session before Christmas: Thursday 18th December 2014
First session after Christmas: Monday 5th January 2015

Solihull School pool
Last session before Christmas: Wednesday 17th December 2014
First session after Christmas: Monday 5th January 2015

Warwickshire Championships March 2015

British Swimming changed rules this month concerning championship events, this has effected the Warwickshire Championships in March 2015 . Please go to the link to read in full... .
Below are the main changes that will effect our swimmers

1 Age changes to age as at 31st December 2015 ( not age as at gala)

2 First age group is now 10/11 with an 11 year old qualifying time

3 Qualifying times can now only be achieved at Licensed Meets, so any times obtained at Time Trails and Club championships can unfortunately not be used. The exception for 2015 is 10/11 year olds .

Please go to the link to read full conditions.


Third place for Arena League Team

 Solihull Swimming Club travelled to Droitwich for their second round in the National Arena League.  Solihull amassed 39 top three places over the night, with 12 personal best achieved in individual events by swimmers. Great performances were spread across the team but special mention goes to Deen Ahmed, Caitlin Hubbard and Becki Kamau who won all their individual events. 1st places also went to Elizabeth Aston in the 11years 100m Breast, Lauren Turner in 15 years 100m Back and Rachel Davis in the Open 100m Back. 2nd places went to Abdur Rahim Sharif, Daniel Manners, Benjamin Davis, Dan Moore, Alisha Greenshields, and Lauren Shaw. With 3rd places going to Ben Kelly, James Lee, Ben Manners, Natasha Barguss, Cleo Whitcombe, Abigail Green and Emma Priestly. With all the relays team performing well the team achieved a well-deserved third place and move forward to the final round on 13th December.

Solihull Water Polo Team Success Continues

Our menís water polo team made a good start to the second phase of the British Water Polo League season last week-end.   Having gained successive promotions from Division 5 to Division 3 in the last two seasons they are now seeking to gain a further promotion to Division 2.   To achieve this, a top three place is needed  in the second phase of the season, this is  named Championship 2.  The teams opening match was bit tentative and they were held to a 14-14 draw by Exeter. The team then produced convincing wins against Manchester Hawks 18-8 and against Hucknall 16-10 to put them back on track.   Goals were shared between Tom Whiting (11), Peter Farkas (9), Jordan Elliot (7), Phil Powell (7), Matt Madden (6), Nick Beard (5) and Matt Kelly (3).   Worth noting that, of the 12 players who featured at the week-end, 7 are under 18 including two aged 15, Matt Madden and Felix Black. Congratulations to the team and coaches.

Individual Success for Solihull Swimming Club Members

 Solihull Swimming club members have been achieving individual success recently . Deen Ahmed recently competed in the Coventry Open Meet which was mainly dominated by City of Coventry and City of Birmingham swimmers, Deen achieved top three places in all his 10yr old events, coming 3rd in 50m Breast, 2nd in 200IM, 1st in 400 Free and also winning the 200 Free in a time of 2.35.91. Great performance Deen. Caitlin Hubbard along with being National Champion this year has become the first swimmer at the City of Birmingham to move from their Development Squad into their Junior Squad and now into their Senior Squad at the age of just 13, congratulations Caitlin. And finally Alisha Greenshields has been selected to train with City of Birmingham in their Development squad a great achievement

2014 Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th November commencing at 8.15pm at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall (opposite Tudor Grange Leisure Centre).

The agenda and 2015 membership fee proposals can be downloaded via the links below:
2015 Membership Fee Proposals

All members and parents welcome.

Car Parking at Solihull School

The car park in front of the cricket pitch will be closed on Friday 31st October.  The repair work has taken longer than planned.

National Arena League First Round

Solihull Swimming Club's Team took the long trip to Nottingham to compete in the first round of the National Arena League. Competing against five other teams Wyre Forest A, Mansfield, Radford, Arnold and Ledbury & District. It was a hard fought gala, over the course of the night we achieved placingís from 1st to 6th. The Gala was very close with all swimmers on the team performing well and swimming hard for their team. We achieved 13 top three placingís with the following swimmers, Caitlin Hubbard won her two individual events 13 year old 100Fly and 100 Free. Becki Kamau also won all her individual events the open 200IM, 15year old 100 Breast and 100 Fly. The Girlís 15 year old relay teams of Abi Delaney, Lauren Turner, Becki Kamau and Iris Hall, achieved 2nd in their 4 x 50M Medley Relay and 4 x 50M Free Relay. Elizabeth Aston also achieved 2nd place in the 10/11 year old 50M Breast. 3rd Places went to Abdur Rahim 10/11 year old 50M Breast, Lauren Turner 15 year old 100 Back, Dan Moore Open 100Fly. The Girls relay teams performed well with two more getting 3rd placeís , the Girls 10/11 4 x 50M Free Team  of  Elizabeth Aston, Tasha Barguss, Alisha Greensheilds and Rebecca Vidal and the Girls 13 year olds 4 x 50M Medley Relay Team  of Abi Green, Zoe Mason, Caitlin Hubbard and Beth Buchannan. Well done to all the swimmers and with two more rounds to go we have it all to play for. The next round takes place on Saturday 8th November venue TBC.

Coventry and District Primaries

 Coventry and District held their level two meet over two weekendís in October at Pingles pool in Nuneaton.  Ten swimmers took part in the meet, all swam fantastically with plenty of PBís. From those ten we had six swimmers qualify for finals which is an excellent achievement. Laila Elfandi who is only 9, 10year old Amelia Bogira and 10 year old Deen Ahmed qualified for one final each.  Deen won the 100 back and he was also the heat declared winner of the 100IM. Benjamin Davis competed in two finals. Chris Mitchell achieved an amazing five finals. 10 year old Alisha Greensheilds had an outstanding meet, she won the 100IM as Heat Declared winner and qualified for 3 finals coming 3rd in the 50m Back, 2nd 50m Free and Won 50m Breast. Over the course of the meet BAGCAT points are achieved for each swimmers fastest Sprints, IM, Form and Free. Deen Ahmed won the BAGCAT ratings  for the 10 year old boys and Benjamin Davis achieving 3rd Place for the 14 year old Boys. Well done to all our swimmers.

Solihull School sessions continue during Half Term October 2014

Due to changes in School policy to pool hire, sessions at Solihull School pool continue throughout their Half Term (Mon 20th Oct - Fri 31st Oct 2014).

Junior Land Training Cancelled today Sunday 19th October

Sorry for late notice Junior Land Training is cancelled today we apologise for such short notice

Parking at Solihull School   Mon 27th - Wed 29th October

The "Field of Mars" car park (the one in front of the cricket pitch) will be closed on Monday 27th - Wednesday 29th October due to essential repair work on a leak in an underground water pipe.

On those three days, please use the Chapel car park (the main school car park) and walk to the pool either through the school buildings or along front of School House and the usual path alongside the cricket pitch.

October Time Trial Results

The time trial results from 5th October are now available for download of the members' section of this website.

Parents Meeting 28th September

On Sunday 28th September there will be a meeting for the parents of swimmers in Junior 1, Junior 2 and Pre-Seniors at 4pm in the Dance Studio at Tudor Grange.  Head Coach, Dean, will chair the meeting and there will be an opportunity for questions.  It would be great to see as many of you as possible.

Please also return your completed questionnaires to parent representative Karen Green as soon as you can.  Thank you.

Coach Development Programme

In June this year the ASA West Midland Region with the support of British Swimming launched a new programme for coaches.  Coaches across the region were invited to submit applications for this new initiative.  Only 12 places were available and the head of the programme was overwhelmed by the number of applicants.  Dean, our Head Coach, is one of the successful candidates.

To qualify for this, our own Club had to be swim21 accredited, actively supporting the swimming talent pathway in the West Midland Region and committed to the development of their coaches.  The coaches themselves had to be Level 2 and aspiring to undertake Level 3; Dean is already a Level 3 coach.  Coaching county level age group swimmers, with a number of our swimmers getting thier Warwickshire Championship times also supports the criteria.  The coach must also be committed to his own development and reflect on his own performance. 

Dean will be attending 6 workshops over 10 months starting this September.  He will be appointed a Level 4 mentor who will also attend some of our club sessions to observe and support him.  The aim of this programme is to expand the knowledge of the coaches and influence their coaching behaviour in better support of the swimmers.  As parents we know that each child is unique so a different practice should be used to help each individual child; every child will have different goals.  Tim Jones, a former Olympic swimmer, now Head of Performance Pathway for British Swimming recently said "the ongoing education and development of our coaches is a key priority in our quest to raise the quality of the next generation of high performance swimmers ".

We have all watched some of the swimming at the recent Commonwealth Games and seen the home nations performing extremely well.  When interviewed, many swimmers praised their coaches and referred to it as a partnership - one cannot succeed without the other.  Congratulations to Dean for obtaining a place and for being willing to commit to further learning and development, it will be a benefit to all our swimmer and to the Club itself.

August Bank Holiday Arrangements 2014

The arrangements over the August Bank Holiday are as follows:

Tudor Grange
No swimming training/teaching: Sunday 24th August 2014
No swimming training: Monday 25th August 2014

St. Martin's School
No swimming training: Monday 25th August 2014
No swimming teaching: Tuesday 26th August 2014

Solihull School
Pool closed during summer break

Intermediate Sessions during Summer 2014

Last session at Solihull School before summer break: Tuesday 8th July 2014.
All Sundays (except Sun 24th Aug) during summer bear: Sessions at Tudor Grange as normal.
All Mondays (except Mon 25th Aug) during summer break: Sessions for both groups at Tudor Grange 9.00pm - 10.00pm.
Sessions resume at Solihull School: Tuesday 2nd September 2014.

Solihull School Pool

The last session at Solihull School pool was Tuesday 8th July 2014. 

The pool is now closed over the summer as usual until Monday 1st September 2014.

Club Championships 2014

The Annual Club Championships took place this weekend (Sat  5th / Sun 6th July 2014).

The full results from both days can be found on the Members' page of this website under "Swimming Results".

Gala Report
The Club held their Annual Club Championships over the weened of the 5th and 6th of July.  With 42 events and 102 titles up for grabs, it was a busy and competitive weekend.

Some swimmers were competing in their very first gala.  Excellent swims were made by all swimmers and many PB's were gained.  Congratulations to all Age Group winners and runner's up.  Special mention goes to the swimmers that won all the events in their age group: Imogen Kielstra (8yr girls), Deen Ahmed (10yr boys), Elizabeth Aston (11yr girls), Caitlin Hubbard (13yr girls), Emily Judd (14yr girls), Emma Priestley (16yr girls) and Rachel Davis (17yr girls).  Also to be congratulated are the swimmers who achieved a top three place for all their age group events: Abigail Davis and Molly Egan (8yr girls), Oscar Golinski and Adam Ahmed (8yr boys), Lalia Elfandi and Lucia Baker (9yr girls), Aurelio Lencioni and Reece Harvey (9yr boys), Tasha Barguss (11yr girls), James Lee (11yr boys), Zoe Mason and Abigail Green (12yr girls), Oliver Boot (13yr boys), Lucy Gerrard and Cleo Whitcombe (13yr girls), Chris Mitchel, Benjamin Davis and Richard Aston (14yr boys), Tom Weaver (15yr boys) and Dan Moore (16yr boys).  Caitlin Hubbard, only 13 years old, also became overall champion for the 200m free and 50m free.

Club records were also broken with Deen Ahmed breaking four records out of five, 50m backstroke, 50m free, 100m IM and 50m breast.  Lalia Elfandi achieved two records 9 year old girls 50m backstroke and 50m free, Ethan Robinson-Bule 12 year old boys 100m breast, Caitlin Hubbard 13 year old girls 100m fly, Daniel Moore 16 year old boys 100m fly and 200m IM.  Rachel Priestley and Paul Beech also set new records for the open 25m sprint.

The event also takes a huge amount of organisation beforehand and during the event so a huge thank you to all the volunteers.  Also a huge thank you to all the coaches, led by Head Coach, Dean Barguss, who have helped the swimmers achieve a great season this year.  We look forward to next year's Club Championships.

Solihull Sports Council Awards 2014

The Annual Solihull Sports Council Awards ceremony took place at the Solihull Library Arts Complex on Tuesday 1st July.  The Club had submitted two nominations and we are pleased to report that both nominations won their respective categories.

Team of the Year: Junior Water Polo team
Services to Sport: Steve Prosser, Club Secretary

The Club has an excellent record of success in these awards over recent years.  It goes a long way to recognise the quality of our athletes and volunteers and to maintain our high profile within the Solihull.

Leicester Junior League Round 3

The Leicester Junior League team travelled to Melton Mowbray on Saturday 28th June.  This was the final meet of their league this year and the team went out with a bang.  They swam amazingly and ended their night in 1st place with a whopping 17 first places, 12 second places and 6 third places.  The team surpassed even their coach's expectations!  They were told to swim fast and they did not let themselves down. 
1st places went to the following:  Aidan Hogan (boys 9yrs breast), Cameron Hughes (boys 10yrs free), Aditya Bajpal (boys 10yrs breast), Tash Barguss (girls 11yrs free and 11yrs back), Sofia Calverley (girls 9yrs back), Kion Richardson (boys 12yrs breast), Nina Lewis (girls 10yrs back), Jacob Leslie (boys 10yrs back and 10yrs fly), Hassan Khairi (boys 11yrs back), Boys 12yrs free relay, Girls 10yrs medley relay, Boys 11yrs Free relay, Girls 10yrs Free relay, Boys 10yrs Free relay and Boys 11yrs Medley relay.
Led by Team Manager Simon Lewis, the team has improved every time they have swum together this year, they have formed a wonderful little team with great support for each other and all swimmers stayed on poolside to cheer on the final race.  Thanks goes to Simon, the volunteer officials and poolside helpers and also to the parents who came to support the whole team once more.  Great achievement by every swimmer.  Well done.

Rescue Test

Congratulations to the coaches and teachers for successfully passing/renewing their Rescue Test exam.  Thanks for your continued support.

Facebook and Twitter

The Club now has both a Facebook page and Twitter account.

The ASA has produced some excellent guides for parents and swimmers on the use of social media.  It is strongly recommend that parents take note of their guidance and monitor their children's online presence.

Good Practice Guidelines on the Use of Social Networking Sites

Parents' Guide to Twitter

Swim Shop

There will be no Swim Shop this Sunday 29th June.  The last Swim Shop before the summer break will be on Friday 18th July.  If anyone needs any equipment before then, please contact the Swim Shop directly (contact details shown on left hand column of this webpage).

Parking at Solihull School

Just a reminder that club parking at Solihull School must be restricted to the "Field of Mars" car park (this fronts the cricket pitch).  Vehicles must not be driven up to the pool. 

Some major building work is due to commence on the 30th June for an unknown period of time.  Please be aware of any diversions or obstacles in walking up to the swimming pool.

Midland Age Group Championships Success

We had 5 swimmers competing at the Midland Age Group Championships held at the Coventry pool on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th June.  It is a great achievement to qualify for these Championships.
Caitlin Hubbard and Becki Kamau, who also train with City of Birmingham, Sophie Stables, also with City of Coventry and  Lauren Turner and Lucy Gerrard all competed over the two weekends.

During the competition, Sophie Stables qualified for two finals, the 13/14 yr 100m Fly finishing 6th and the 14yr 200m Fly finishing 7th.  Becki Kamau qualified for an amazing five finals coming 2nd in the 13/14yr 100m Breast, 2nd in the 14yr 200m IM, 6th in the 13/14yr 200m Breast and 100m Free, and 8th in the 13/14yr 100m Fly.  Caitlin Hubbard aged 13 competed in four finals and two distance heat declared winners coming 13th in the 800m Freestyle and 5th in the 400m IM.  IN her Finals she came 7th in 200m IM, 3rd in 200m Back, 3rd in 100m Fly and 2nd in the 200m Fly.  Caitlin also came second overall in her age group out of 76 competitors - an amazing achievement.  Well done to all the girls - a fantastic performance by all of you.

Photograph of Caitlin below.

Mercian Summer League Round 2

The team travelled to Tamworth on Saturday 14th June to take part in the second round of the Mercian Summer League having finished second in he first round.  The other competing teams were Redditch, Rugby, Bilston, Northgate and Tamworth.  The top three places were hotly contested between Redditch, Solihull and Rugby.  Redditch eventually claimed 1st place with 211 points, Solihull finished second with 196 points and Rugby third with 186 points.  With excellent swims from the whole team, they achieved eleven 1st places and eight 2nd places. 1st places went to Elizabeth Aston (10yr Breast), Deen Ahmed (10yr Free), Thomas Beech (10yr Breast), James Lee (12yr 100m Back), Ethan Robinson-Bule (12yr 100m Breast), Tom Slater (Open 100m IM and 100m Free), Aslan Lewis (Open 100m Back), Boys 12 yr Medley and Freestyle Relay Team of James Lee, Dan Manners, Ethan Robinson-Bule and Dawud Ahmed, Open Mens Freestyle Team of Tom Slater, James Mason, Ben Manners and Aslan Lewis.  Special mentions goes to Tom Slater who won the 100m Free, finally beating his 57 seconds to make it in 56 seconds.  The team swam superbly together especially performing well in their relays and there was great team support from the parents watching.  The Coaches were very pound of the hard work put in by all the swimmers on the night and for the support of the officials and helpers.

Having held their 8th position in the League, they just missed out on a place in the Final (which is the top 6 teams) and now compete in the Final Number Two on Saturday 12th July at Tudor Grange pool against Redditch, Blythe Barracudas, Nuneaton, Boldmere and Rugby.  Good luck to the team who will be hoping to go one better and win!

Junior/Senior Intermediates and Junior 2

Well done to all swimmers from the Junior Intermediates, Senior Intermediates and Junior 2's who took part in the timed 30 minute swim (T30) yesterday evening.  There were some excellent swims with a very large number of personal best's achieved.

Round 2 Junior League Results

The gala results from Round 2 of the Nuneaton and Leicester Junior Leagues can now be found on the members' section of this website.

June 2014 Time Trial Results

The time trial results from Sunday 1st June are now available for download on the members' section of this website.

Latest Issue of Solihull Splash Newsletter

 The latest issue of Solihull Splash newsletter is available for download (click here).

Club Championships 2014

Entries for the 2014 Club Championships are now open.

When: Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July 2014.
Time: 5.30pm warm-up for 6.00pm start of first race.
Where: Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.

Entry deadline: Friday 20th June 2014 at 10pm.

The entry form, order of events and promoter's conditions can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Entry Form
Order of Events
Promoter's Conditions

Please complete your entry form and give to Dean or Karen Barguss or email directly to Dave Cooke.  There will be medals , trophies and on-the -spot prizes to be won.  To raise funds for the Club, any family or company can sponsor events (£10 each) and your name will appear in the programme.

We need a large number of officials and helpers on both nights to run the galas - no experience required - just add your name to the entry form.   Your help is appreciated.

If you have any trophies from last year, please return them to Karen Barguss by Friday 6th June.

We look forward to a successful 2014 Club Championships.

Intermediate Sessions End of May 2014

Solihull School pool is closed during Half Term (Monday 26th May - Friday 30th May 2014)

Sessions for Intermediates are as follows:
Friday 23rd May: Last session at Solihull School before Half Term
Sunday 25th May: No sessions at Tudor Grange (Bank Holiday weekend)
Tuesday 27th May: Sessions at Tudor Grange (Junior Int's 7.30 - 8.15pm; Senior Int's 8.15 - 9.00pm)
Sunday 1st June: Time Trials at Tudor Grange
Tuesday 3rd June: Normal sessions resume at Solihull School.

Note for Junior 2's: No sessions at Solihull School on Tuesday 27th May.

Coventry & District Secondaries 17th / 18th May 2014

23 swimmers took part in the Coventry & District Secondaries on 17th and 18th May held at the Pingles pool in Nuneaton.  The swimmers had an outstanding weekend, collecting 27 medals, with every swimmer achieving at least one personal best, and an amazing 62 personal best's between them.  Our youngest swimmer was just 9 and the team spirit between all our swimmers as always was excellent.  Top three places went to Elizabeth Aston (3rd 10yr IM), Richard Aston (3rd 13yr 50m Breast), Zoe Mason (10yr, 3rd 50m Breast and 100m Breast). Additional medal winners were Elizabeth Aston adding a medal to her 3rd place, collecting two medals were Ben Kelly, Lalia Elfandi, Richard Aston, Abigail Delaney and Luke Greenhill, and three medals went to Emily Judd, Oliver Porter, Charlie Heslington and Abbie Llewellyn.  In what turned out to be the hottest weekend of the year so far, thanks goes to Dean who was there for both days with his swimmers and also to all the Club's officials and parents that supported the team,

Leicester Junior League Round 2

Round 2 of the Leicester Junior League took place on Saturday 10th May against 5 other team.  Led by Team Captains Jason Croom-Carter and Tasha Barguss, they showed fantastic team spirit, especially when the whole team cheered on the final cannon event; we were undoubtedly the loudest group of supporters for that race.  Many swimmers had to swim up an age group or swim in multiple races and for some it was their first gala - they all coped wonderfully well with the pressure.  Best girl was Nina Lewis who won the 10yr backstroke and Best Boy was Joshua Pearce who came 2nd with an excellent swim in the 12yr freestyle.  First place also went to girls 9yr freestyle relay.  Second places went to Sofia Calverly (girls 9yr breaststroke), Alex Fakatou (boys 10s backstroke) and Helene Toone (girls 10yr breaststroke).  Third places went to Aidan Hogan (boys 9yr backstroke), Jacob Leslie (boys 10yr fly), girls 9yr, 10yr and boys 10yr medley relay teams.  The team scored more points that the previous round which is a great achievement.  Special thanks to Simon Lewis who was the team coach for the night and had all the swimmers focused for their races and to the chaperones and timekeepers.

Nuneaton Junior League Round 2

Saturday 10th May saw Solihull competing in Round 2 of the Nuneaton Junior League against Worcester, Hinkley, Northampton, Bilston and Leicester Penguins.  There was tough competition against the other teams with a number of swimmers also having to swim up an age group.  Despite this, team members showed great competitive spirit and congratulations goes to all the swimmers who took part.  Special mention: Best boy - Deen Ahmed, Best Girl - Grace Golinski - both swam well in their individuals and especially in the relays.  Thomas Beech - 3rd in 10/u 50m breaststroke and 11/u 50m breaststroke; James Lee - 3rd 11/u 50m back, James Morris - 2nd 12/u 50m breaststroke; Laila Elfandi - 3rd 9yrs 25m fly and 9yrs 25m back; Reece Harvey - 3rd 9yrs 25m free; Aurelio Lencioni - 3rd 9yrs 25m back.  Thanks to all the officials and helpers and Rachel Davis for her help and enthusiasm with the younger members of the team.  Round 3 of the Nuneaton Junior League will be on 28th June.

End of May Bank Holiday Arrangements

Arrangements for the end of May Bank Holiday are as follows:

Solihull School: Mon 26th - Fri 30th May pool closed - no sessions (half term).

St. Martin's School: Monday 26th May pool closed - no sessions.

Tudor Grange: Sunday 25th May and Monday 26th May - pool closed - no sessions.

Congratulations to our Head Coach

The Club is proud to report that Dean Barguss, our Head Coach, has successfully achieved his ASA Level 3 coaching certificate.  This has taken significant work and commitment above his regular coaching duties.  Well done Dean.

Mercian Summer League Results Round 1

The results from Round 1 of the Mercian Summer League have been uploaded to the members page of this website.
We hosted the first round of the Mercian Summer League at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on Saturday 3rd May.  Worcester, Oldbury, Redditch, Camp Hill and Walsall joined us in this first round in what promised to be an exciting gala and we were not disappointed.  The gala was led by a strong Worcester team from the outset, so attention turned to second place, a battle between Solihull, Oldbury and Redditch, the position changing constantly during the evening.  We were triumphant at the end taking second place behind Worcester, 14 points ahead of joint third Oldbury and Redditch.  The swimmers all excelled themselves, with first places going to Tom Slater (Open 100m IM and 100m Free), Rachel Davis (Open 100m Back), Ethan Robinson-Bule (12yr 100m Breast), Dawud Ahmed (12yr 100m Free), Elizabeth Aston (10yr 50m Breast) and the Boys 10yr Medley Relay Team (Aurelio Lencioni, Thomas Beech, Deen Ahmed and Ben Kelly).  Also excellent swims in their age group came form Alisha Greenshields (10yr 50m Free), Abi Delaney (14yr 100m Fly) and the Boys 14&under Medley Relay Team (Richard Aston, Abdur Rahim Sharif, Ben Davis and Charlie Heslington).  The team showed excellent team spirit amongst themselves and this great result leads us to an exciting second round on 14th June 2014.

Junior League Results Round 1

The results from Round 1 of the Nuneaton and Leicester Junior Leagues can now be found of the members page of this website.  Well done to all swimmers.

Recent Open Meet Successes

City of Birmingham Open Meet
A total of 19 swimmers took part in the City of Birmingham Level 2 and Level 3 Open Meet over the Easter weekend.  9 swimmers, along with our 5 City of Birmingham swimmers, took part in races over the 4 days.  They had great success all achieving PB's.  Rachel Davis qualified for 5 finals winning the 100m Backstroke; Benjamin Davis qualified for 2 finals with Richard Aston competing in one final.  Top three places and medals in age group went to the following swimmers:
1st Natasha Barguss (x2), Rachel Davis (x2).
2nd Deen Ahmed, Natasha Barguss (x4), Abigail Green (x2), Rachel Davis ad Ben Davis.
3rd Deen Ahmed (x3), Elizabeth Aston, Abigail Green (x2), Rachel Davis (x2).

Rugby Open Meet
The following weekend 14 swimmers travelled to Rugby, in what turned out to be a heavily oversubscribed event, almost all swimmers achieved PB's in a very competitive meet.  Top three places and medals in age group went to:
2nd Deen Ahmed 50m Freestyle
3rd Elizabeth Aston 100m IM.

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part, it's great to see your hard work in training paying off.  Well done.

Change to Swim Shop Times

Please note that the scheduled Swim Shop date of Friday 23rd May has been cancelled.

Next Swim Shop dates are: Sunday 11th May, Sunday 1st June and Friday 13th June.

Congratulations to Junior Water Polo Team

Many congratulations to our under 19 water polo team.  Last weekend they successfully won the final match against Manchester 14-13 to become the ASA National Age Group Champions.  Solihull won 8 matches in progressing to the final, all of them convincingly, scoring 142 goals against 61.  This is a fantastic achievement - well done to all players and coaches.

Players pictured above are: -
Back row: Charlie Hancox, Ben Greenhill, Herbie Harris, Jordan Elliot, Ben Simkins, Matt Kelly
Front row: Sam Routledge, Andy Robinson, Tom Whiting, Tom Grieve, Matt Madden, Sam Bennett.

They were coached by Phil Powell.

Time Trial Results April 2014

The April 2014 Time Trial results can be found on the members' section of this website.

Junior Water Polo team in National Finals again

Congratulations to our under 19 water polo team (born 1996 and later) who stormed through the final qualifying round of this year's ASA Junior Championships held at Gloucester at the weekend.  They played three matches over the two days and won all of them convincingly against Cheltenham 27-15, against Lancaster 22-10 and against Chelmsford 25-11.

They now go to the finals weekend at Manchester on 26/27 April where they hope to go two better than last year when they finished third, and come away as ASA champions.

Easter 2014 Arrangements

Solihull School
Pool closed Monday 7th April - Friday 25th April incl. (see below for arrangements for Intermediates)
First session back after Easter: Monday 28th April (water polo training)
Pool closed Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday)

St. Martin's School
Pool closed Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)
Pool closed Tuesday 22nd April (no teaching group lessons)
First session back after Easter: Thursday 24th April
Pool closed Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday)

Tudor Grange
Pool closed Friday 18th April (Good Friday)
Pool closed Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday)
Pool closed Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)
First session back after Easter: Tuesday 22nd April
Pool closed Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday)

Intermediate Group Session: Easter 2014

Solihull School pool is closed over the Easter school break from Monday 7th - Friday 25th April 2014.

Sessions will be as follows:
Friday 4th April: Last session at Solihull School before Easter break
Sunday 6th April: Time trials at Tudor Grange
Tuesday 8th April: Tudor Grange (Junior Int's 7.30 - 8.15pm; Senior Int's 8.15 - 9.00pm)
Sunday 13th April: Normal sessions at Tudor Grange
Tuesday 15th April: Tudor Grange (Junior Int's 7.30 - 8.15pm; Senior Int's 8.15 - 9.00pm)
Sunday 20th April: No swimming - pool closed Easter Sunday
Tuesday 22nd April: Tudor Grange (Junior Int's 7.30 - 8.15pm; Senior Int's 8.15 - 9.00pm)
Sunday 27th April: Normal sessions at Tudor Grange
Tuesday 29th April: Normal session resume at Solihull School

Recent Trophy Gala Results

The results for both the Junior Trophy Gala in February and the Senior Trophy Gala in March are now available on the members' section of this website.

More successes for our Junior Water Polo team

Our junior water polo team (born 1996 and later) has just completed a very successful couple of days.

On Thursday night they travelled to Cheltenham for the final match of the Midland Junior League season and recorded a comfortable 17-12 victory against the home team which ensures that they have retained their league title for another year with a 100% winning record.

Then on Saturday they travelled to Loughborough University for the first round of matches in this year's ASA Junior Championships.  They played four matches and recorded a convincing victory in each one beating Exeter 15-5, Chelmsford 13-2, City of Birmingham 12-4 and Croydon 11-6.  They now proceed to the next round of matches at Gloucester on 5/6 April.

Half Term Solihull School pool closed

As usual, Solihull School pool is closed during half term (Monday 17th Feb - Friday 21st Feb 2014).

Monday 17th Feb - no Water Polo training
Tuesday 18th Feb - no Intermediate training
Wednesday 19th Feb - no training Junior2, Pre-Senior, Senior Training
Friday 21st Feb - no Intermediate training

Sessions at other pools continue as normal during half term.

Annual Subscription Fees

A reminder to those who have not yet paid the new Annual Subscription Fee due 31st January 2014.
All swimming members (all groups including teaching): £10 per swimmer.
Non-swimming poolside volunteers are not required to pay this fee.
Thank you.

Splash Newsletter

Copy of the latest newsletter which contains the dates of the Swim Shop, time trials and upcoming galas can be downloaded by clicking here.

Qualification Times for Warwickshire Championships

Latest performance tables are now available on the Members Section of the website.
They have been run to highlight QT's for Warwickshire Championships.
Once in Members Section, click on Performance Awards.

St. Martin's School Pool - Thursday 2nd January

St. Martin's School pool is closed this evening and therefore no swimming training.
Apologies to everyone.
Please pass this message on if possible.

Sessions as normal tomorrow evening (Friday 3rd Jan) at Tudor Grange.

Christmas Fun Gala

We would like to thank all the swimmers, coaches, parent helpers and Club Captains for making the Christmas Fun Gala such an enjoyable evening.

A big thank you to all the people who bought cakes and raffle tickets from us and Charlii Leaper who raised a total of £160 for her Italy Marathon 2014 to raise monies for Breast Cancer.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and will see you all in the New Year.

Best Wishes
Dean and Karen

2014 Monthly Membership Fees & Annual Subscription Fee

Club members will shortly be receiving a letter regarding 2014 monthly membership fees and the new annual subscription fee.

We are pleased to inform you that, despite the Club continuing to incur increased pool hire charges, the monthly standing orders payable for each class of membership will remain unchanged for 2014.  Therefore all current membership fee standing orders remain in place and no action needs to be taken.

However, each of our members has to be registered with the Amateur Swimming Association (the ASA) and in 2014 this will require the Club to pay a fee ranging from £10.50 upwards for each member.  To help offset this cost, it was agreed at the Club's Annual General Meeting that an annual club subscription fee be introduced and payable on 1st January of each year.  It was further agreed that the subscription fee for 2014 is set at £10 for all members falling into ASA Categories 1 and 2 (all swimming members).  No fee will be payable by ASA Category 3 members who are non-swimming volunteers and help on a regular basis.  Any member who has not paid the subscription by 31st January may be liable to exclusion from club sessions until it is paid.

Details of how to pay can be found in the letter.  We have also taken the opportunity to check contact details for you (address, telephone numbers, email address) together with a form on photography consent approval.  For your information, we have also included a copy of the Chairman/Secretary's annual report that was presented at the recent Annual General Meeting.

Fixtures 2014

The fixtures for 2014 have now been added to this website.

Christmas Arrangements

Solihull School
Last session before Christmas: Wednesday 18th December 2013
First session in New Year: Monday 6th January 2014

St. Martin's School
Last session before Christmas: Thursday 19th December 2013
First session in New Year: Thursday 2nd January 2014

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
Last session before Christmas: Sunday 22nd December 2013 (Fun Gala)
First session after New Year: Friday 3rd January 2014
Note: there will be some sessions for selected groups during the Christmas period at Tudor Grange; details have been emailed to those groups.

Land Training for Juniors

There will be no land training for juniors on the 22nd and 29th December 2013.  Sessions will resume on Sunday 5th January 2014.

Promotion for Water Polo team

Congratulations to our Men's water polo team for clinching promotion for the second successive season in the British Water Polo League.  They won their final two matches of this year's campaign at Malborough this weekend and will competing in Division 3 next year having joined the BWPL in Division 5 only last year.  With a large proportion of the team still being juniors the potential is there to continue their upward trend.

Intermediate Groups and Junior 2's

Last session at Solihull School is Tuesday 17th December 2013.

Sessions at Solihull School resume on Tuesday 7th January 2014.

2013 Christmas Fun Gala
5-8pm Sunday 22nd December at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre

All Club members are invited to attend our Christmas Fun Gala on Sunday 22nd December at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.  It will start at 5pm and finish around 8pm (approx).  There will be team events to include all swimmers.

Swimmers in Teaching Groups levels 1 - 3 will take part in separate fun activities in the small pool.

So that we can get teams organised before the day, we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance via email to Karen (click here for email address) or download this slip (click here for slip) and give it to your coach or teacher.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Fun Gala.

Time Trial Results December 2013

The time trial results for December 2013 time trial are now available on the Members' section of the website.

Sheffield City SC B Grade Meet 2013

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the annual Sheffield City SC B Grade Meet at Ponds Forge on Saturday 16th November.

Overall we came 3rd out of 22 visiting teams.  A fantastic achievement.  Well done.
I have posted the individual results on the member section of this website.

Children in Need 2013

A big thank you to all that donated and brought cakes on Friday for our annual Children in Need evening.  We raised a total of £345.48.
Special thanks to Ellie and Sandra Boot for organising everything.

Also, we have been donated some tickets to watch a Birmingham City Football Club match.  We will be setting up an email bid with the tickets going to the highest bidder.  Further information soon.

Monday 18th November: Training Sessions at St. Martin's pool

Due to the AGM taking place at the same time, the senior training/senior competing/senior elite training session at 8pm - 9pm is cancelled.

All earlier sessions will take place as normal.

Swimmers' Code of Conduct

Full details can be found on the website "info" page, but here are a few reminders for all swimmers:
- Treat all members of the Club with due respect including fellow swimmers, coaches and officials
- The use of inappropriate or abusive language, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence will not be tolerated and could result in action being taken through the Club disciplinary or child welfare policy
- Arrive in good time before the sessions and be on poolside changed ready at the start of the session
- Have all your equipment with you (kick boards, pull-buoys, fins and goggles)
- Always swim to the wall as you do in a race (do not stop short of the wall)
- Do not stop and stand in the lane
- Do not sit on the lane ropes
- Always inform the coach if you need to leave the pool during training
- Most important - listen to your coach and do not skip lengths, you are only cheating yourself
- Lastly remember to check that you have not left anything before when you leave the pool.

Annual General Meeting 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 18th November starting at 8.15pm at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall (opposite Tudor Grange between railway bridge and roundabout).

The agenda is as follows:
Minutes of 2012 AGM
Matters arising
Officers' annual reports
1. Introduction of annual subscription fee
2. Membership fees to be unchanged for 2014
3. 2014 annual subscription fee to be £10 for ASA categories 1 and 2 (all swimming members) and £nil for ASA category 3 (non-swimming helpers).
Election of Officers and Committee
Presentations (Harker Volunteer Trophy)
Any other relevant business

All members and parents welcome.

Children In Need 2013

The Club will be holding a Children In Need evening on Friday 15th November at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.  There will be a cake sale, competitions, sweets, prizes, fun in the pool, swim in your pj's and lots more on the night.

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Annual Sports Awards

The annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire sports awards took place on 7th November at St. John's Hotel, Solihull.  We had submitted a number of nominations and were extremely pleased to be short-listed in the final three for the following two categories:
Community Club of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year (Rosie Mann).
Unfortunately we didn't win either award, but to get short-listed in the final three was a fantastic achievement.

Early Morning Training Sessions (Senior Competing/Elite)

Please note that with immediate effect (4/11/13) the early morning MONDAY sessions at Tudor Grange at 7-8am have been cancelled until further notice.
The early morning WEDNESDAY sessions continue as normal.
This only affects the Senior Competing and Senior Elite swimming groups.

November Time Trial Results

November 2013 time trial results are now available on the Members' section of the website.  To view time trial results you must register your email address (and select your own password) to obtain approval (Club members only).  On registering you will receive an email approving your registration.  If you do not receive an email within a few days, please check your "junk" or "spam" email folders.

Men's Water Polo team still unbeaten

Our men's water polo team have just enjoyed another successful weekend in the British Water Polo League convincingly winning all 3 of their matches to remain top of Division 4.  Since Solihull joined the BWPL in Division 5 last year we have won all 19 matches played to date and now go into the second phase of this season on course to gain back-to-back promotion to Division 3.  A significant proportion of our players are still juniors s there is every reason to hope that we will continue to improve and move through the BWPL divisions.

Swim Shop Update

Christmas Orders
Personalised Hoodies: Final orders will be taken at the Swim Shop on Friday 1st December 2013 to guarantee delivery for Christmas.
Personalised Swim Hats: Final orders will be taken at the Swim Shop on Friday 15th November 2013 to guarantee delivery for Christmas.

TBag TShirts Special Offer
We have a number of TBag TShirts that we go on special offer for £5 at the Swim SHop on Sunday 3rd November 2013.  The sleeves on these TBags are slightly different to our normal ones, in fact they are thicker than we would like and a slightly different shade of yellow - this is why they are reduced.

New TBags and Mesh Bags
Before Christmas we will have new TBag TShirts in stock.  The new ones will have "Solihull" across the back and the new logo on the sleeve.  We will also have Solihull Swimming Club mesh bags, black with the logo in yellow, back in stock.

Competitive Swimming Performance Awards
We now have certificates and badges for when you have fully completed your bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards.  They are split between sprint awards for your 50m's and 100m's and distance for the 200m's.

Memories of Old Tudor Grange Pool

For those of you interested, the Daily Mail recently ran an article on old forgotten swimming pools.  The old Tudor Grange pool gets a mention and a photograph.  For the record it was opened in 1963 and demolished in 2008.

Intermediate Sessions over Half Term October 2013

Solihull School closes for half term on Friday 18th October for 2 weeks
(note:water polo resumes Monday 4th Nov)

Intermediate Sessions are as follows:
Friday 18th Oct - as normal at Solihull School
Sunday 20th Oct - as normal at Tudor Grange
Monday 21st Oct - Junior and Senior Int at 9-10pm at Tudor Grange (confirmed)
Sunday 27th Oct - as normal at Tudor Grange
Monday 28th Oct - Junior and Senior Int at 9-10pm at Tudor Grange
Sunday 3rd Nov - time trial at Tudor Grange
Tues 5th Nov - sessions resume at Solihull School

Swim Shop Update

Girls Kneesuits
Club girls kneesuits have now arrived.  They will be on sale from the Swim Shop at the Time Trials this Sunday (6th October).  The material is an endurance material (PBT and polyamide) making it chlorine, UV and bacteria resistant and longer lasting.  Sizes in stock are 28 to 36 and they cost £35.00.

Sale Box
There are a number of reduced priced SSC boys trunks and shorts ow available.  50% off most stock.

Second Hand Box
Our second hand box has been very successful and we have sold a number of second hand fins.  We are now down to our last pair of fins, so please bring along your fins and we will sell them for you.  We can also sell on other stock in good condition, for example, hand-paddles, T-bag T-shirts.

Prescription Goggles
Adults and children prescription goggles are available to order.

Change of Swim Shop

The second Swim Shop date in October has been changed from Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October 2013.

Time Trial Results Sept 2013

The Time Trial results from the 8th September 2013 can now be found in the members section of this website.  Apologies for the delay in posting the results.

Charity Donation

A total of £110 was raised through the sales of photographs of the Club Championships.
Thank you to everyone for supporting this donation to the Acorns Children's Hospice.

Tudor Grange Pool

Following the "incident" in the pool yesterday evening, I can confirm that the pool is open as usual today (Monday 23rd September).

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  The incident occurred during the public session shortly before our sessions were due to start, hence no time to get messages out.

Conkers Trip Saturday 14th September 2013

Everyone enjoyed a great time at Conkers.  Thanks to Karen, Dean and all the adult helpers for a fantastic day out.  More photographs can be found via the Members Page of this website.

Intermediate Group Sessions

Intermediate Group training sessions restart at Solihull School tomorrow evening (Tuesday 3rd September) usual times.

There is no session for Intermediates at Tudor Grange this evening.

Going to University (or returning)

Message to members going to university: please contact the Membership Secretary (Sandra) to sort out memberships fees.  Also, if you have recently completed a university course, please also make contact.

Teaching Sessions: Tuesday 27th August at St. Martin's pool

There are no teaching sessions on Tuesday 27th August at St. Martin's pool.

See note below for further information about Bank Holiday arrangements.

Golden Jubilee Family Fun Day Saturday 28th September 2013

Don't miss out on the crowning event of the Club's 50th Jubilee celebrations in what promises to be a fun filled day with loads of activities for kids and adults alike.  Tickets will be available to purchase at Club sessions from today.  Simply fill in your details on the back of the flyer (download the flyer below/print off or ask for one at the pool) and hand it back to your coach together with payment.

Ticket prices are only £5 for a family ticket or £2 for an individual - all activities throughout the day and evening entertainment are included in the ticket price - so don't delay!!

For further information or to reserve your place, please contact Amanda Pemberton email: ajpebs@aol.com or tel: 07793 109544.

To download flyer and booking form: click here

August Bank Holiday Arrangements

Arrangements for this August Bank Holiday 2013 are as follows:

No swimming training/teaching on Sunday 25th August at Tudor Grange
No early morning swimming training on Monday 26th August at Tudor Grange
No evening swimming training on Monday 26th August at Tudor Grange
No swimming training on Monday 26th August at St. Martin's pool.

Performance Award Report

The latest Performance Award Report (15/8/12 - 15/8/13) can be found in the Member's section of the website under "Performance Awards".  The time trial results for June 2013 can also be found under "Time Trial Results".  To access these reports, you must have registered your email address (club members and parents only) by following the instructions (if not done already).

ASA Aquaforce Volunteer Award 2013

Congratulations to Phil Powell for winning the Regional Volunteer Coach of the Year award.

Annual General Meeting 2013

This year's Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Monday 18th November at 8.15pm at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall.  All members and parents are welcome.  Agenda will follow nearer the date.  This is an opportunity to join the Committee and participate in the running of the Club.
We would particularly welcome the parents of swimmers in the junior groups.  If you are interested, please speak to the Secretary, Steve Prosser or any other Committee member, teacher or coach.

Park Avenue (access to St. Martin's pool)

We have heard that Park Avenue will be closed from Wed 21st Aug to Friday 23rd August between 8am and 3.30pm (I assume to re-surface the road).  We have been warned that it may go for longer each day, so this may affect getting to the car park on Thursday 24th August session.  If the road is closed, use the entrance in Brueton Avenue.

Club Championships 2013 Results

The results for the Club Championships 2013 can be found via the Members webpage / swimming results (login required).  Thank you again to all the officials and helpers over the weekend.

Fixtures Sept - Dec 2013

Swimming fixtures for the remainder of 2013 can be found on the swimming/fixtures 2013 webpage.

Solihull Sports Awards 2013

Congratulations to all our winners and special commendations at the Annual Solihull Sports Awards on 23rd July 2013.

Phil Powell - Winner, Coaching Achievement Award

Rosie Mann - Winner, Geoff Sanders Young Volunteer Award

Water Polo Juniors - Highly Commended (Runner-up), Team of the Year Award

Alex Prosser - Highly Commended (Runner-up). Geoff Sanders Young Volunteer Award

STARS (Solihull Talented Athletes Recognition Scheme) Awards to:
Charlie Hancox, Matt Kelly and Helen Mockler

Intermediate Group Sessions over Summer 2013

Solihull School is closed during the summer break as usual. Last session was Friday 5th July 2013.

Sessions during summer period are as follows:
Sundays at Tudor Grange
(not 7th July due to Club Champs, not 24th August due to Bank Holiday)
6-7pm Junior Intermediates
7-8pm Senior Intermediates

Mondays at Tudor Grange (Monday 8th July to Monday 19th August)
(note: Tudor Grange closed Monday 25th August due to Bank Holiday)
9-10pm Junior & Senior Intermediates

Normal sessions resume at Solihull School for Intermediate Groups on Tuesday 3rd September 2013.

Midlands Water Polo Championships hat-trick

Following on the success of our Junior and Academy teams two weeks ago, our Youth water polo team outplayed the opposition at the weekend's Midland Championship to complete a clean sweep of Midlands Age Group Championships for a second year in a row.

Solihull played three matches against Boldmere, Grantham and HGSOB and won all three in convincing fashion scoring a total of 56 goals against 3.

The players were Jordan Elliot, Matt Kelly, Sam Bennett, Herbie Harris, Ben Greenhill, Cameron Maguire, Matt Madden, Felix Black and George Davis.

Golden Jubilee Club Championships 2013

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the Club Championships over the weekend.  Many thanks again to all the officials and poolside helpers.

Results will be published soon on this website under the Members section.

Two Midlands Championships retained

Our Academy (under 14) and Junior (under 18) water polo teams successfully retained their Midlands titles in tournaments held at Walsall on Sunday.

The Academy team was particularly impressive and overwhelmed the opposition in all 4 matches played, scoring a total of 65 goals with only 2 against.  The players were Matt Madden, Felix Black, George Davis, Kieran Bowley, Lewis Evans, Finn Nicholas, Gabriel McLaughlin, Robert Bonehill, Joe Taylor, Ben Coward and Aaran Bach.

The Junior team slipped up in its final match but won the Championship on goal difference.  The players were Charlie Hancox, Sam Maguire, Matt Kelly, Jordan Elliot, Ben Simkins, Sam Bennett, Samir Ansara, Herbie Harris and Ben Greenhill.

Pictures below is the Academy team with coaches Shaun Goggin and Samir Ansara.



Solihull Active
Splash Newsletter
New Monthly Parents' Information Sheet Was Launched On Sunday 7th April At The Time Trial.  In January 2014 The Format Was Revised To Merge The Information Sheet With The Splash Newsletter And Will Be Issued Quarterly.

Latest Issue:
Issue 16 (Dec 2016)

Past Issues Can Be Found Below:

Issue 10 (Feb 2015)

Issue 11 (May 2015)

Issue 12 (Sept 2015)

Issue 13 (Dec 2015)

Issue 14 (March 2016)

Issue 15 (Sept 2016)

Group Structure
Click here To Download The Requirements For Each Swimming Group.  Movement Between Groups Is Not Solely Based On Performance Times, But Also Upon Ability, Technique, Attitude, Stamina, Age, And Test Results As Well As Attendance At Training And Open Meets.

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