Please see below the letter that was given out at this year’s AGM:
Tuesday 27th June 2017
We found out some months ago that Serco, who now operate both Beeches and Erdington pools, did not want us to continue with the ‘learn to swim’ part of our club at their pools.
We have a deadline of September 1st 2017, by which time we may only provide from stage 6 onwards (you may have seen the recent Boldmere SC press release in the Sutton Observer). The swimmers affected are the ones in the Big Pool.
We as a committee have been working hard to try to continue with our own learn to swim program but at different pools. The club has invested heavily in our successful Learn to Swim program and wish to continue to teach using our own qualified teachers.
By the 1st September we will be starting a new phase in the clubs’ history – with Learn to Swim programs running at Joseph Leckie School (Walstead Road West, Walsall, WS5 4PG), Pheasey Park Farm School (Wimperis Way, Great Barr,B43 7DH) and Handsworth Leisure Centre (Holly Rd, Birmingham B20 2BY). The new classes at Joseph Leckie (which is a short 10 minute drive down the A34) will be 40 minutes long, and run on a Sunday morning. The new classes at Pheasey Park (approx 5 minutes from Beeches Pool) will be on a Monday and Tuesday evening.
The Babes will still operate on a Sunday afternoon, but will be at the new venue of Handsworth Swimming Baths.
The only changes to the lengths lessons (Big Pool) will be on a Sunday, where all sessions will move to Handsworth – starting one hour later than the current times. Also the Seniors and Masters on a Saturday morning will be moving to Handsworth, with a slightly earlier start time of 7am – but they will have the proper anti wave lane ropes! All other lengths lessons will remain at the same times and places.
The only other change will be when the new Erdington pool (Orphange Road, Erdington) opens in September, the Juniors, Seniors and Masters will have a session on Friday night, starting at 7.30pm, at the new Erdington pool.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are hoping that you will still support us going forwards.
The Learn to Swim children will be assessed in July, and will then be in the stage/group that they will move with in September. We will send this out in writing to all parents to make sure that it is received.
Any queries please let us know.
Kind Regards – and many thanks for your continued support.
Perry Beeches SSS Swimming Club Committee