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
18
Nov
12:30 to 13:30
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
12:30 to 13:30
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
19
Nov
19:45 to 20:45
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
19:45 to 20:45
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
21
Nov
19:45 to 20:45
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
19:45 to 20:45
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
25
Nov
12:30 to 13:30
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
12:30 to 13:30
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
26
Nov
19:45 to 20:45
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
19:45 to 20:45
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
28
Nov
19:45 to 20:45
Moseley Road,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
19:45 to 20:45
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
United Kingdom
Loading map
Shoals News

We currently have three sessions each week across two city pools - the historic Moseley Road site and the new modern Sparkhill facility, which also comprises steam room & sauna. We hope to return to Small Heath Pool in the Spring of 2018. We are also seeking alternative exclusive hired sessions at other pools. We often use the Woodcock Street pool at Aston Triangle during academic holiday periods.

September 2017
A huge Thank You to GungHo Creative Communications Agency for their kind gift of Speedo swimwear after their recent promotion. We will certainly put them to good use!

August 2018
 A new community venture, Moseley Road Baths CIO, will take over the running of Moseley Road Baths from 3rd April 2018. The Moseley Road Baths Action Group, including the Friends of MRB, that has been working since 2016 to secure a future for the baths has now formed a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which plans to take over running the pool as a non-profit community enterprise. It has been recruiting staff and has a business development manager, operations manager and aquatic assistants in post. It will also be looking for  volunteers to help with reception, lifeguarding, cleaning days, communications and various other duties. You can find more information on their website here.

April 2018
 
  

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.