What is Water Polo?
When people first hear that you play Water Polo they think it is an underwater game using snorkels, balls and clubs. No, Water Polo is a mixture of many sports taking elements from Handball, Polo and Basketball.
In its simplest element, Water Polo is two teams of 13 (6 Outfield players, 1 goalkeeper & 6 subs) swimming up and down non-stop to score goals, but each attack lasts 30 seconds max while the overall match is split into 4 quarters lasting between 6-8 minutes each. Water Polo is a fast, energy demanding and aggressive sport that is both rewarding and builds friendships that last a lifetime.
For more information on the basics of Water Polo visit www.swimming.org/Water Polo/introduction-to-water-polo/
Swansea & Swansea University Water Polo
The Swansea University team has had a partnership with Swansea Water Polo Club for the last 5 years meaning everyone benefits from experienced and qualified coaches, more friends, cheaper costs, exceptional banter and most importantly better socials all year round. We have a Men’s and Women’s university team both participating in the BUCS Western Division 1A for the Men and the Women, working towards promotion next year. Further this year the Men have entered a team comprising of both Swansea Club and Swansea University members into the Bristol League 2nd Division and the Women have also entered a team comprising of both Swansea Club and Swansea University members into the UPolo League 2nd Division so even more game time for all.
We are a very open club and welcome beginners and veterans of the sport to the club. Don’t think that if you haven’t played Water Polo before, you will be at a significant disadvantage. Many of our top team members from previous years have been new to the sport and you quickly learn through matches and training. The team is built with people of all years, all studying a vast range of degrees so there is always someone in the same boat as you.
The Welsh Varsity is the biggest event of the calendar and to the University. Every year around June the two biggest Welsh Universities Cardiff (BOO) and Swansea (GO SWANS) fight for the title of best Welsh University. This is the second biggest Varsity in the UK, only behind the famous Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity. The Water Polo event is a tough and exciting match for all players and spectators producing some very close matches and entertaining Water Polo.
This year we have 2 Social Secretaries on the Committee who will organise biweekly events ranging from good old fashioned pints and Christmas meals to theme inspired nights out. These will obviously be in accoradance with all COVID-19 regulations that are issued.
Previously we have had many themed nights including Army, Pirate, Hawaiian, Halloween and Toga.
We also organise a Water Polo tour after 2nd Semester exams and arrive just in time for Summer Ball so nice warm weather when the year is finished and a great stress reliever.
Where, When & Other Information?
We run two main sessions at the Welsh National Pool every Tuesday between 20:00 – 22:00 and every Sunday between 11:00 – 12:30. Please ensure that you are ready to swim 5 minutes before the starting times of each session and in order to help set up the equipment. We offer a free trial to all new players on Tuesday 1st October to see if Water Polo is the right sport for you.
During the year, the match squads will be rotated to ensure everyone gets a fair level of experience in matches and enjoys their time at the club.
The only requirements are that you can train weekly, work hard during training, have enough swimsuits & towels (goggles are a good idea too), are a confident swimmer, enjoy yourselves and a trip to JC’s after training to have a few pints and replace those burnt calories.
Due to COVID-19, the National Pool is still reviewing how it is planning to operate. We are hoping to have our training times available by the beginning of the term but we may not be able to do this. Our aim is to organise dry training sessions if necessary or to look for other pool space. In accoradance with BUCS rules no competitive water polo will be played until term 2, but we are hoping to arrange a few friendlies with other universities in term 1, if allowed.
Here is a breakdown of the costs:
Sports Swansea Membership £15 for Term 1
You will have to purchase this for whatever sport you decide to join at Swansea
WASA Fees £34 (cash or cheque paid on the first session)
This is a national fee to allow all players to play in any competitive water sports competitions. Especially important for the Bristol League and UPolo since they are non-university leagues.
In the past Swansea Water Polo Membership has been £250
Due to COVID-19 we are looking at ways to alter membership fees dependent on the pool time we will receive in first term.
This cost includes all equipment cost (other than trunks obviously) such as goals, balls, stop clocks, timing equipment and hats. This cost also includes the pool hire for all sessions 2 times a week and the pool hire for all matches again at least one match a week on a separate day to the training sessions. The competitions the university team players have the opportunity to play in are
Men’s BUCS League Western 1A (10 Games in Total)
Men’s Bristol League 2nd Division (12 Games in Total)
Women’s BUCS League Western 1A (18 Games in Total)
So for 3.5 hours of water polo a week for 9 months in the year the total cost per hour of water polo played is £1.69 per hour.
The past few years the total cost have been able to be paid in 3 different ways.
- For people who definitely know they want to do water polo for the year pay one sum of £250 for the fees and the remaining £34 and £33 in separate payments at the beginning of the year.
- For those who are unsure about a full year commitment you can pay 2 term payments of £125 each and the remaining £34 and £33 in separate payments at the beginning of the year.
- For those who are unsure and want to try for a month then we have a £25 fee for the first month only. After the first month has passed and you're committed to playing water polo for the full year then you simply pay the difference (£80) and play till the end of the semester.
Please note that unfortunately the WASA fees £34 and Sport Swansea membership have to be paid at the beginning of the year irrespective of how long you plan to stay with the team.
As mentioned above we offer a free trial to all new players (dates to be decided but typically around freshers week) to see if Water Polo is the right sport for you.
So come on down for the trial and see what the power and elegance of the water sport that is water polo. From the excellent coaches and friendly team to the drinking and socials.
We can promise you that you won’t regret it
For more information or to answer any queries please do not hesitate to contact either:
President: Isabella Roberts
Men’s Captain: Matthew Griffiths
Women’s Captain: Charlotte Tucker
Men's Vice Captain: Luke Turner
Women's Vice Captain: Tanya Robinson
Social Secretary: Megan Williams
Social Secretary: Archie Smith