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Somerset ASA 2014 Men's Water Polo Team

Water Polo across Somerset has connections at Frome, Taunton, University of Bath, Weston Super Mare and now Yeovil following the formation of Yeovil Spartans (see April 2018 announcement).

This discipline of our sport is co-ordinated at Regional level. The current County Water Polo Secretary is Mike Coles.

Within Somerset ASA's 2018/19 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,000 will focus on encouraging more participation in the disciplines of Open Water, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters. 

Teams from Frome (Senior Men), Taunton Deane (Senior Men and Juniors), University of Bath (Senior Men) and Weston Super Mare (Senior Men) currently compete in the Bristol and West League. Why not keep in touch with progress throughout the season? 

We publicised a Swim England Water Polo Management Group consultation with water polo members to understand what changes can be made to the current junior competition structure. Its aim is to ensure the needs of the community are met and that the right environment is provided for our junior water polo players to develop to their full potential while enjoying themselves. After analysing survey results, recommendations will come into force next season.

South West Regional Academy 2018/19

The SW Region Water Polo Committee runs the Regional Academy which forms part of the elite training pathway.. View key information on age groups, trial and session dates at Millfield and how to pre-register. There is no inter-relationship between the Regional Academy / Regional Academy Competitions and the Inter-Regional Championships or County Competitions. The Region / County will continue to select teams to represent the Region / County with the aim of fielding the strongest possible team, via a separate trial.

National Water Polo Academy 2019

The 2019 National Academy for players born 2003 and 2004 will be held at Millfield School from Friday 16 to Wednesday 21 August. Please save the date!

South West Inter-County Championships

Clubs were notified of September 2018 trials at Station Road Pool, Taunton from which the following Somerset teams were:selected


Somerset won the Senior Men's event at Millfield on 14 Jan 2018 and the team is pictured with the Jack Jones Memorial Trophy (view Senior Males report).

Taunton Ladies represented Somerset in the Senior Female Championships at Millfield on 14 Jan 2018, losing to Devon and Gloucester but showing plenty of promise for a developing side (view Senior Females report). 

All six south west Counties were represented in the 2017 U14 Mixed Championships at Millfield on 14 Jan 2018. Somerset lost 12-4 to Cornwall in the 5th-6th place play-off (view U14 Mixed report).

All six south west Counties were represented in the 2017 U12 Mixed Championships. Somerset had a win to celebrate over Wiltshire and we were narrowly defeated by Dorset. (view U12 Mixed report.).

Well done to all players and staff and a big thank you to all officials for supporting the tournaments.

Confirmed bookings for all age groups for 2018 Inter-County Tournament are 24 & 25 November at Millfield.

View Swim England Water Polo Calendar Of Events And Camps (updated regularly).

Somerset Senior Men's Water Polo Tournament

A provisional booking of three hours in a water polo configuration, ie one tank, has been made for Saturday 27 October 2018 at Millfield Pool . All Somerset clubs with senior teams will be invited: the University of Bath, Frome, Taunton Deane, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil.

Weston-super-Mare won the inaugural event at Station Road Pool, Taunton on 6 January 2018, beating Frome and Taunton. View report. The competition was rescheduled from 25 November 2017 due to broken tiles in Kings College pool. 

British Water Polo League Super 5s 2018 Finale

Sky Sports featured British League matches for the second year running which could not have been achieved without the wonderful support of main sponsor, Bourne Buildings, of Farnham, plus additional sponsorship from JC Leisure, KEW Electrical, Vincent Timber, Thai Terre, CRL Restorations and Columbus Direct Insurance. Videos below Neutral Corner Films).

Women's Competition

 

Men's Competition

 

Development

We publicised opportunities to fund Start Water Polo projects. Congratulations to City of Bristol, Yeovil Spartans, Taunton Deane and Weston-super-Mare.who were among seven successful south west bids.

Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club water polo section is running FREE Have-A-Go Sessions for boys and girls aged 8 to 15 years at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre Pool.

Wyvern Waterpolo Shooting Workshop is being held on Sunday 17 Feb 2019 (12- 2pm) at Kings College Swimming Pool, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3LA. 
 

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Frome, Taunton Deane and Weston-super-Mare are considering the formation of probably one of the first Network Water Polo Clubs in England, by combining all the Somerset clubs together to form Somerset Titans Water Polo Network.

As well as providing an opportunity for Club senior sides to come together and complete in a water polo tournament to be held in a deep water pool, it could give a springboard for the seniors to enter the British Water Polo League as Somerset Titans, and enable young players to compete at the highest level.Frome, Taunton Deane and Weston-super-Mare are considering the formation of probably one of the first Network Water Polo Clubs in England, by combining all the Somerset clubs together to form Somerset Titans Water Polo Network.

We publicised the special Club offer price on the March 2018 Swim England Water Polo Assistant (Coaching) course at Hengrove Park. This blended learning opportunity is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to take your first steps into coaching. The Water Polo Assistant Coach course is also suitable for anyone interested in supporting a Water Polo coach in a club environment.

Simon Tomlinson (Taunton Deane) has applied to become a water polo tutor, something Somerset and the South West badly need!

Sidcot School has appointed Olympian and ex-GB Men's Captain Craig Figes as Head of Water Polo.

The History of Water Polo in the County has been recorded in pictorial form by Mike Coles – view slideshow or contact him for a unique way to see how the sport is featured.