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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 15th July 2020, 8pm, Zoom


The successful operation of any club is based on the contributions made by its volunteers, and the AGM is the occasion when the club?s organisation for the next 12 months is agreed. There are many opportunities where members and parents can contribute their time and/or expertise towards the running of the club. It is only through this ongoing support that the club continues to be one of the largest and most successful clubs in the West Midlands.

If you are interested in standing for one of the committee posts and would like to talk to someone about what is involved, please contact Natalie Andrews at before the AGM.

Letter from chairman

2020 AGM Notification

The New Hall Valley Trail Challenge

This next challenge - is a whole family activity - it's The New Hall Valley Trail, we have put together some interesting questions to answer as you walk or cycle along the lovely New Hall Valley, between Coleshill Road and Wylde Green Road. Have a go at the walk and the questions (a good one to two hours with two or three areas for picnics!).

please print the attachment here

Boldmere take the Biscuit!

Take a look at the winners and their winning biscuits

Boldmere Fundraising

Hi there! We can help Boldmere Swimming Club WIN a £500 donation in the easyfundraising Refer to Win competition!

They'll get a FREE entry each time a new supporter signs up before the 19th May! It only takes a moment and it's completely free, so please get involved if you haven't already!

Visit: HERE

Pullbuoy Challenge

Click HERE to see the pullbuoy challenge video

Castle Vale Refunds

4th May 2020

Dear Club Member,

We hope that you and your family are healthy and staying safe. The committee would like to thank you for your positive messages and continued support in these strange times.

Those of you who were able to listen to and participate in the online Open Forum a couple of weeks ago will already know that the Club has real concerns about how we will come out of the Covid-19 situation financially and with the personal and organisational resilience we need to remain a strong and viable club. We are seeking external funding but the simple fact is that funds are very tight and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

We remain committed to refunding members for sessions lost due to the closure of Castle Vale Pool in February and early March. This was a very regrettable situation and one for which we, once again, apologise unreservedly. The good news is that Castle Vale Pool boiler is now working well and reliably.

We would like to ask members to consider whether they want refunds. If you are able to NOT claim the refund this will be a significant help to the Club. These funds will go towards the training of our coaches / teachers in the summer so that we continue to provide a high quality of swimming tuition in the future. They will also help us to support the work that our coaches are providing at the moment (e.g. Zoom training sessions) which our swimmers are really enjoying and for which we are not charging.

However we are equally happy to pay refunds. Please complete this form if you would like to ask for a refund. This form does ask for quite a lot of information but providing us with this at this time should speed up the process. One of the questions will ask whether you want a refund or a credit to your account. The committee will do either but would prefer you to opt for a credit because this is administratively much simpler for the volunteers who organise membership and payments. Completed forms should be returned to Del Stanger at and should be with her by Monday 18th May 2020 at the latest.

Yours in swimming
Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club

Boldmere Membership Fees during Club suspension

22nd March 2020

Dear Club Member,

Keeping everyone safe from Covid-19 virus is clearly the main priority of us all. These are very uncertain and unsettling times for all of us. Our message to all members and families is to keep safe and healthy. The Committee would like to thank all members for your co-operation in the suspension of Club activities at this difficult time.

We really do appreciate that the loss of the club to some members is very traumatic, it is like a bereavement. However, there is hope. We can stay focussed and look forward to recommencing swimming and training later in the year.

We also appreciate that the impact of this will affect families differently and that some of our members will be very badly impacted, whereas for others it will just be inconvenient. Our thoughts and sympathies go to those members who have been badly impacted, but remember you are part of a broader family Boldmere Swimming Club and as such we should unite together to beat this virus. Please do discourage the swimmers for meeting and socialising at this time.

Your Committee is having to consider the effects that this may have on the club. We are anticipating that when we are permitted to open, we will not immediately be back up to full strength for a wide variety of reasons. This will undoubtedly put a significant financial strain on the club that may be very difficult to manage.

Each year the Club pays for some items upfront with the expectation of recovering them over the year. For example; Swim England membership fees of circa £16,000, this covers insurance and the running of Swim England including the payment of their workforce and competitions. This payment was made in early March by the club and we expect to recover this from members over the following 12 months. We have contacted Swim England and received a letter from their CEO Jane Nickerson stating that these fees will not be refunded.

We recognise these uncertain times and want to relieve members of the financial strain of membership as such we will not be drawing any swimming lesson fees and be making an adjustment to the Membership Fee to cover our operating costs and Swim England membership whilst we are in suspense. This fee will be £7/month for Cat 2 swimmers and £4/month for Cat 1 swimmers and is bare minimum to cover committed costs whilst we are closed to help ensure the club can restart and operate once the ban is lifted. We will periodically review this figure if the ban continues for an extended period.

For those who have made annual payments, we will return any unused swimming fees either shortly or at the end of their membership year at their election (we will write to you on a 1:1 basis on this shortly). Those awaiting refunds due to the Castle Vale closure we will determine these over the coming weeks.

We very much recognise that not all families will be in a position to make this payment, the Committee wish to make it clear that this is fully understood and we will not chase payment for this fee, nor penalise any swimmer who does not make a contribution, this will be a private matter between the individuals and the Treasurer function. Any swimmers who do not pay will remain members of the Club until we return to normal service or the end of the year. For those who can support the Club at this difficult time, we are very grateful for this and extend our thanks.

Our objectives are to minimise the damage to the club and ensure we can come back as strong as is reasonably practical.

Once again, the health and safety and peace of mind of all our members is the paramount issue here. May we wish you and your families the best of health over the coming months.


The Committee

Boldmere Swimming Club


Many thanks to those that came forward to offer to stand for committee posts and to volunteer for roles within the club. We will be in touch with you soon to discuss how you can get involved in this interim period.

Even with no swimming taking place, our volunteers are still working hard behind the scenes to keep the club running. If you think you can spare some time and would like to get involved, please contact Natalie Andrews at

Wednesday 1st April 2020, 7:30pm

Trinity Centre, Church Hill, Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield B72 1TF


Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the Club Secretary to arrive no later than the 24th March 2020

For more information and the nomination form CLICK HERE

Coronavirus Advice

Please click here for coronavirus advice

Boldmere Swimming Club is pleased to announce Nova Express Ltd. has become the new Staff Shirt Sponsor

The agreement will see the logistics and storage company logo feature on the arm of the new Black & Red Poolside Staff shirts. Sponsorship has commenced with immediate effect with 60 Staff Shirts ordered, printed and distributed.

Patrick Holly, Boldmere head of Marketing said: "We would like to thank John Richardson MD from Nova Express for his continual support and positivity in getting the Shirt deal over the line, it?s great to see a local business supporting our fantastic Club"

Welcome to Boldmere Swimming Club Website

Boldmere SC is one of the longest established swimming clubs in the Midlands, with the largest number of active members of any sports club in the UK's second city. Currently we have over 500 members attending 17 sessions at 8 venues, with more than 150 regularly taking part in competitive swimming and water polo events.

The club was formed in the 19th century by a group of enthusiasts who swam regularly in the pools of Sutton Park (on the north eastern edge of the Birmingham conurbation) taking its name from the nearby village of Boldmere which today is one of several residential areas that make up the historic Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.

Boldmere SC is currently one of the most successful competitive sports clubs in the Midlands, reaching the finals of the Arena National Swimming League in every year since 2009 - where its swimmers have competed successfully against other leading English swimming clubs and their Team GB swimming stars.

Help Boldmere Raise Money by using Easyfundraising

Please help the Club raise money by using the Easyfundraising website whenever you shop online

The site is very simple to use:
1) Go to
2) Click through to "Support this cause" and create an account
3) You don't need to provide any bank or debit/credit card details, just your name, email address and password for log in
4) Click through to the website you wish to purchase from and buy your items as normal. The cost will be the same but the club will get a donation - usually between 0.5% and 2.5% of the purchase amount.
There are 3,500 retailers on the site including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, etc

Gym Membership Offer for Boldmere Swimming Club Members

Unique 1 Gym (1 Reddicap Trading Estate, B75 7BU Sutton Coldfield)

Swimmers /Water Polo Players*:
- 12-18yrs - half price gym membership (£15/month) (12–16yrs cannot use the weights section but can use all cardio and HIT training and core equipment).
- 18yrs+ - reduced rate gym membership (£22.50/month) Volunteers*: - reduced rate membership (£22.50/month)
- reduced rate membership (£22.50/month)
*Membership will be verified on joining

Swim Therapy Filming / Stroke Analysis Opportunity for Boldmere Swimming Club Members

Boldmere Swimming Club have a special arrangement with Swim Therapy to offer filming / swim stroke analysis opportunities to our competitive swimmers for a minimum of 1 session per season.

The sessions will enable the swimmer to observe what they are doing in the water & bring the filming back to implement corrective / developmental drills within their program (in communication with their head coach).

Timing this in pre to early season is ideal, so before or during the training phase over the first cycle (August to December).

These sessions will be at a specially arranged reduced rate (payment to be made at the Swim Therapy Head Office on the day of your session)

*Reduced rate* 90 minute 2 stroke session: £95-£110 (normal price: £165-00)**
*Reduced rate* 60-minute 1 stroke session: £70-£85 (normal price: £130-00)

To book your place contact the Swim Therapy Head Office on 01162325833.

** Please note those swimmers with 4 strokes to film will require 2 x 90 minute sessions

For more information on Swim Therapy visit