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Water Polo and the ASA

Water polo is an exciting and fast-paced game combining the skill and tactical elements of football with the aggression and physical contest of rugby.

The sport originated in England and Scotland was one of the original team sports at the first modern Olympic Games in 1900 with Great Britain winning the first four men's Olympic gold medals in 1900, 1908, 1912 and 1920.

The ASA continues to support water polo to this day with a sustainable club structure, national competitions and comprehensive age group talent programme.

About The Sport

Water Polo is incredibly physical game and regarded by many as the most demanding team game on the Olympic programme.

The sport combines speed and strength as well as teamwork and a high level of fitness - one outfield player can cover up to two miles in one game alone.

  • Click here for an introduction to water polo with details about players, rules, game time, the physicality of the game and a useful water polo dictionary.

Starting Out

The first steps into water polo within the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway are from Levels 8 - 10 in the ASA Aquatics Skills Framework.

These three steps on the Pathway involve learning the basics of the sport from movement, shooting and passing to more complex skills and technique.

The ASA Aquatics Skills Framework also involves playing Mini-polo - a beginner's version of water polo which is a fun, high energy ball game for the swimming pool.

  • Click here for full information about getting started with water polo on the ASA's Go Swimming pages.

Join A Club

Around 15,000 people play water polo in the UK across all levels - why not add to that number by joining one of the many ASA-registered clubs in England.

Joining a club can be the first step towards the ASA England Talent Squads but it will mean you can enter local, regional and national competitions.

Just type your post code into our Poolfinder and select 'water polo clubs' from the Advanced Search dropdown.


Masters Water Polo is simply Water Polo for players aged 30 years and older.

The rules of the game are the same with a few minor amendments – possession time is 35 seconds and teams in the age bands 50+ years and upwards play six-minute rather than seven-minute quarters.

The English Roses Masters Water Polo Club was established in November 2011 and provides opportunities for women aged 30+ to enjoy Water Polo in a masters environment and to encourage older players to stay in the sport.

The Club currently competes in the British Water Polo League (BWPL) as well as European and World tournaments.

  • Click here to find out more on the English Roses site.

Contact Us

For grassroot, development or club enquiries, please contact:

Norman Leighton, ASA Talent Development Officer for Water Polo:

E: norman.leighton@swimming.org

For general enquiries, and to contact the ASA Water Polo Management Group, please contact:

Julie Thompson - ASA Water Polo Administrator

E: julie.thompson@swimming.org

For regional water polo enquiries, please contact the Water Polo Regional Manager (volunteer) use the following e-mail addresses:

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