No Joining Fee, or Sign-Up for an Ongoing Commitment - Just Come Along and Join In Whenever You Can.      
Moseley Shoals were founded in April 2000 and have grown into a thriving and diverse sporting and leisure swimming club. We are a mixed ability group - everything from 'splash & chat' to competition standard swimming, and now our popular water polo. Some years we attend swimming competitions, for which extra coaching sessions are provided. There is a social dimension to the group, including undoing all the good work by going to the pub after each swimming session ! We also have cinema / theatre trips, balti nights, picnics in the summer, and visits to Moseley Farmers Markets. Most years we have a short break away on the continent for regular members, with friends welcome to join us. There is no need to pay a joining fee, or sign-up for an ongoing commitment - just come along and join in each week, or whenever you can. We have an informal approach to membership, and regular members get involved in our range of social activities. We welcome male and female swimmers of all abilities, but currently cannot take non-swimmers.

SWIMMING

Weekly evening and weekend sessions throughout the year, where we hire the whole pool. We are a mixed ability group, catering for everything from 'splash & chat' to competition standard. We welcome male and female swimmers of all abilities, but currently cannot take non-swimmers 

WATER POLO

Water Polo offers the benefits of swimming with the social aspect of team sports like football and rugby. We run a weekly session, where we play for fun, and our sessions are designed to ensure everyone enjoys themselves, whether they've played before, or are completely new to the sport.

TAGS TRANS SWIMMING

Following a successful pilot in 2015, we are now running monthly Trans only swimming sessions at Moseley Road Baths, in association with TAGS and Birmingham LGBT. TAGS started just over a year ago in London, and provides the Trans community with a safe place to swim regularly.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Out of the water the Shoals are just as friendly and sociable, if not a bit more so. After our swimming and water polo sessions we undo all the good work by going to the pub for drinks. We also have cinema / theatre trips, balti nights, picnics in the summer, and visits to Moseley Farmers Market.

HOLIDAYS

To extend the social nature of the group, most years we have at least one short break overseas for regular members, with friends and partners welcome to join us. In the year's we attend competitions elsewhere in the UK, many regular members and partners come along to support us, and enjoy a weekend away.

LIFEGUARDING

We provide our own lifeguards for the majority of our sessions. These are regular Shoals members, who have had their lifeguard training and qualification paid for by Shoals in return for providing lifeguard cover at our sessions. We are always on the lookout for more members who would like to qualify

SNORKELLING - NEW FOR 2016

Snorkelling can add an extra dimension to your sun-and-sea holiday, allowing you to see what's under the waves. If you've ever enjoyed looking at critters in rock pools, it's like that, but better. In the swimming pool you'll enjoy the streamlined efficiency of swimming with fins, gliding along the bottom of the pool without the water turbulence you get at the surface. Our volunteers both have previous experience as scuba and snorkel instructors and have a range of different fins, masks and snorkels which you can borrow.

Upcoming Sessions
24
Aug
20:00 to 21:00
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
20:00 to 21:00
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
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28
Aug
12:30 to 13:30
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
12:30 to 13:30
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
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29
Aug
20:00 to 21:00
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
20:00 to 21:00
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
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31
Aug
20:00 to 21:00
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
20:00 to 21:00
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
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Shoals News
The pool at Small Health is currently closed for emergency repairs due to a crack developing in the pool base. The pool have advised that the pool is unlikely to re-open until September at the earliest. Until further notice please note all sessions will be at Moseley Road Pool. Moseley Road site closes at 9.00pm so please note weekday sessions will be slightly earlier - from 8.00pm to 9.00pm. Please see the 'Sessions' page for more details.

14th August 2016
Birmingham LGBT and its Pride in Sports partners, including Moseley Shoals, are helping more local LGBT people take up or return to sports and fitness activities, thanks to three years’ National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund. Activate is a Sport England-funded project, designed to encourage LGBT people in the area to try new sports, and challenge homophobia in sport, after feedback that there was not enough provision for the community.

January 2016
We adore our pool, Moseley Road Baths. It is a building of national importance. Opened in 1907, it is the oldest of only three Grade II Listed swimming baths currently operating in Britain. Remarkably for a building now into its second century, it survives almost intact, still used for its primary purpose and with very few alterations to the original layout. We continue to work with the Friends of Moseley Road Baths to fight for the future of swimming at Moseley Road, which remains under threat as a result of Council closure plans.

January 2016
 
 
Join Us
There is no need to pay a joining fee, or sign-up for an ongoing commitment - just come along and join in whenever you can. We have an informal approach to membership, and regular members get involved in our range of social activities.  
  • Your first session of swimming or water polo is free, in order to give us a try!
  • We use city council pools and their staff can guide you to us.
  • We hire the whole pool, so just get changed and come through to the poolside.
  • We usually have our own lifeguard, so look out for them, they will check your swimming ability and introduce you to at least a couple of members.
  • We are a friendly bunch so don't worry if you come on your own, but you are welcome to come with a friend.
Contact Us

For further details complete the form below, or call us on 0121 346 1522.

Community

As a community group, we work with and support other like minded organisations in both the LGBT community, and the Birmingham area. We are affiliated to the Gay Outdoor Club, and supported by Birmingham Pride. Our activities and events are often featured in Midlands Zone. We are working with Birmingham LGBT, to help support and promote their 'Activate' sports & wellbeing campaign, and their 'Pride in Sports' events. Our monthly Transgender swimming sessions are run in association with TAGS. We have competed in tournaments run by Out to Swim in London, and London Orca water polo, and also have links with Northern Wave swimming, and Manchester Sharks water polo in Manchester. We have also competed in overseas swimming galas organised by the European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation, and the Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association. As regular users of Moseley Road Pool, we are supporting the campaign to save it from closure led by the Friends of Moseley Road Baths, and a number of our members took part in the now famous 'Terracotta Army' photo shoot at the pool, which gained national media coverage.