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Water Polo

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 2019/20 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,500 will focus on encouraging more participation in the disciplines of Open Water, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters. Somerset ASA's Development monies have helped Taunton Deane to fund the purchase of an electronic scoreboard which will be in use  in club matches from the start of the September 2019 season.

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 are also keen to develop Ladies water polo - Taunton Deane play regularly and welcome new members.

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 2019/20

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. Information will follow on 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

Players born 2004 born will take part in a National Academy training camp in Eger Hungary from 16 to 23 August. The National Academy camp for 2003 born boys takes place from 30 August to 1 September in Manchester

South West Inter-County Championships

This year we have had to make the unfortunate decision not to enter any junior teams into the 2019 Inter-County competition. The rationale after consultation with coaches from Weston-super-Mare / Frome and Yeovil is that Taunton Deane is currently the only team in Somerset with a viable Junior or Ladies waterpolo section. And while our other clubs are working hard to resolve this, it is considered unfair to enter a club team from Taunton to play against very strong opposition from other south west counties with 2/3/4 clubs from which to pick their best players as it would be to the detriment of those children playing.

Training Session for U13s

U13 players in Somerset are invited to attend a training session in Taunton on Sunday 8 September 2019 so we can get children from our clubs playing together.

Somerset ASA 2014 Men's Water Polo Team


Somerset beat Gloucestershire in the Senior Men's event at Millfield over 24/25 Nov 2018 but were unable to retain the Jack Jones Memorial Trophy (view Jan 2018 report).

Somerset did not enter a team into the Nov 2018 the Senior Female Championships. Taunton Ladies did represent Somerset in the tournament at Millfield on 14 Jan 2018, losing to Devon and Gloucester but showing plenty of promise for a developing side (view Senior Females report). 

Somerset lost to Devon and by one goal margin to both Dorset and Wiltshire in the 2018 U14 Mixed Championships at Millfield on 24/25 Nov 2018. All six south west Counties were also represented In the 14 Jan 2018 tournament, 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 U12 Mixed Championships over 24/25 November 2018. Somerset players showed promise (view results). They did have a win to celebrate in 2017 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.

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, was made for Saturday 27 October 2018 at Millfield Pool . All Somerset clubs with senior teams were invited: the University of Bath, Frome, Taunton Deane, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil. Information to follow regarding holding a tournament in October 2019.

Weston-super-Mare had 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

Taster Sessions

Taunton Deane has an open taster policy so anyone can come along and take part in taster sessions any Sunday at 5pm (timing is age dependent). Contact Simon Tomlinson (tomlinsons1@sky.com) for details.

Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach - Course June 2019

We publicised a June 2019 blended learning course with face-to-face dates at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland.

#MinorityChallenge Half-Term Camp

We publicised the opportunity for athletes aged 8 to 14 years to try synchronised swimming and water polo activities with some of the top Team Bath and GBR full-time athletes and coaches in these sports at the national level. The camp was held on 19 May 2019 at University of Bath Sports Training Village. View details.

Officials

Swim England is inviting applications for new officials to boost water polo structure. View opportunities and next steps for referees and table officials.

Jan 2019: All officials courses are currently on hold whilst the new FINA rules are considered.

Taunton Deane Water Polo organised an U13s Water Polo Tournament on 16 December 2018 (5pm to 8pm) at Taunton Pool. Station Road, Taunton TA1 INN  View details.

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. Taunton Deane used START funding to purchase smaller 3/4 size goals to promote U13s water polo. This was successful and the Club has increased the number of children playing in this age category from about 5 to 20!

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

Wyvern Waterpolo held a 2 Day Camp aimed at club players looking to improve skills on 20/21 April 2019 at Kings College Swimming Pool, Taunton.

We also publicised a Wyvern Waterpolo Shooting Workshop held on Sunday 17 Feb 2019 (12- 2pm) at Kings College Swimming Pool, Taunton. 

 

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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.

We congratulate Somerset coaches on their appointments:

  • Simon Tomlinson (Head Coach, Taunton Deane) will be supporting Swim England Women's U19 Head Coach Nick Hume.
  • Giulio Sartorello (Head Coach, University of Bath Water Polo Club) will be supoorting Swim England Men's U19 Head Coach, Dean Walker.

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

Sidcot School 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.