Welcome, if you are reading this you have some interest in the sport of Water Polo. The aim of this page is to explain what you need to do to find a pool where you can watch Polo, play Polo and make a decision to take up a sport which will keep you active until you choose to stop. Few other sports require fitness levels comparable to water polo, but to begin you need to find a club.
Club choice: the clubs in the Region are listed in the following link. Like fruit, some have an odd shape, and some are sourer than others. To allow you to identify which should be sweet look for the swim21 mark. This indicates that the club is focused on improving its delivery to its members and should allow you to develop to your potential.
Some Schools enter the English Schools Swimming Association Water Polo competition. Follow this link for more information. This is a good way to get more competition and play games with your school mates.
As a group the number of Polo players is small but this is changing. So it is important that you know the opportunities that should be open to you and offered to you from the club.
Competition is divided into age groups, ideally this is U13, U15, U18 – but some competitions vary and exceptions at some leagues are made. For clubs that enter leagues click on this link.
At each age group there is an opportunity to represent your Region which consists of the following counties Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. As a registered CAT 2 polo player you will receive an invitation automatically for a trial at the RTC (regional training camp) This is the place where additional skills and drills are taught to prepare you for Inter-Region competitions and the next level of development. Each year U14&U13 are invited to attend an Academy event at Millfield, this is a residential event where players eat, sleep, and breath Polo for 5 days, while they are coached by UK talent development coaches.
So while you are enjoying the speed and excitement of the game what can your parents do? Well we really need them to help keep score, mark players who score (and get sent out for fouling), some like to learn how to referee – a level D course takes 1 day and enables 30 players to enjoy the game. If you prefer to stay in the background and organise – Team managers are needed to book rooms, busses, food etc.
From this you will have a great chance to join a sport which needs players, it is in the Olympics and you could be too – the average age of the GB team is 22...so don’t hang about, find a club and get your training started...
Water Polo secretary