Water Polo

Somerset ASA 2014 Men's Water Polo Team

Water Polo across Somerset has connections at Frome, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Wincanton and the University of Bath. 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? 

And in April 2018 Yeovil District Swimming Club formed Yeovil Spartans (see announcement).

We want your feedbackThe Swim England Water Polo Management Group is carrying out a consultation with water polo members to understand what changes can be made to the current junior competition structure. The 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.

Share your views - after analysing survey results, recommendations will come into force next season.

The SW Region Water Polo Committee is continuing to run the Regional Academy part of the elite training pathway on behalf of Swim England and uses these sessions to assist with training and selection of regional squads. 

South West Inter-County Championships

Trials took place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at King's College, Taunton. View competition dates and details.

Somerset won the Senior Men's event at Millfield on 14 Jan 2018 and are 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.

Somerset Senior Men's Water Polo Tournament

Weston-super-Mare won the inaugural eventat 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. The 2018 tournament will take place in November.

Development

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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.

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.