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Welcome to the June edition of our England Water Polo news! -

Welcome to our June edition!  It feels like a time of renewed optimism – the pools are open, the sun is out and we have an exciting summer of water polo to look forward to with the British Championships in July, hopefully a ManUp festival and the start of the British Water Polo League in September, provided we continue to make progress and avoid a further wave of covid.

All players should now be able to train with their clubs.  It has been a long time and despite trying to keep fit on land, there have no doubt been a lot of sore muscles in the arms and legs and pain in shoulders and hips as everyone tries to get back to something like match fitness.  Who would have thought that those early morning training sessions would be so missed?  It is a time to rediscover why we all love water polo so much!

As ever, there has been a lot going on.  Our congratulations go to Tyldesley’s Austin Lawley who has been presented with his ‘Lifetime Members’’ award by Diane Stafford, club President.  Austin has been a valued member of Tyldesley club for over 20 years. He joined the club as a swimmer aged 8 and joined the Water polo team aged 13. Since then he has coached and supported club members on poolside and is currently the Captain of the club’s Senior Men’s Water Polo Team.  A great award well done!

Austin Lawley

This year is the 100th anniversary of Penguin Swimming and Water Polo club.  The club is celebrating its long history with some fascinating facts on its website –  well worth a read.  Many congratulations to all current members in reaching this incredible milestone!

City of Bristol Water Polo Club has been quick to get back into competition welcoming nearly 60 young players to join the club for some intra club matches and fun.  It looks like a great time was had by all.  How lovely it is to see photos of players enjoying the sport again!

City of Bristol Water Polo

We are really looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival of Water Polo on 3rd and 4th July at Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, an event which will include the 2021 Men’s British Championships.   The itinerary is set out below – do go along to Cheltenham if you can to support your favourite team!  We understand that the 2021 Women’s British Championships will be held later in July. More information to follow once released.

We are also super excited about the prospect of the Olympic Games taking place from 23 July to 8 August in Tokyo.  Although sadly there will be no GBR teams taking part in the water polo competition, we are very proud to see that former BWPL official Frank Ohme has been confirmed as one of the referees for the event.  Frank, who refereed regularly in the BWPL during his time in Wales as a lecturer in astro-physics at Cardiff University, has become one of the world’s leading officials.  He regularly officiates in the World League and Champions League as well as refereeing top games at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.  Many congratulations Frank!

Frank Ohme

That’s it for this month.   Hopefully next month there will be lots of news as clubs get back to competition. If you have any news you would like us to showcase please contact me at


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