University water polo competitions in the UK are provided by 2 different organisations; BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) and UPolo (British Universities Water Polo League). Both operate throughout the academic year and provide well organised and exciting polo tournaments, with UK University Champions being crowned at the end of the year.
University water polo in England is of a high standard. Many players who compete within the university leagues concurrently play for club teams, while a significant number of players also represent their respective nations in international competition.
Additionally, many UK universities employ professional coaches and invest significant resources into the continued development of their water polo student-athletes. Accordingly, a range of sports scholarships are available at British universities for committed water polo players. Water Polo England web manager Andy Rolle has compiled a full list of scholarships and bursaries available at UK Universities for polo players, click here for full info
Every year promising junior GB international players choose to head to the US to combine polo and academic study. If this is of interest to you then make sure you read London Otter and GB player, Kathy Rogers’ guide to applying to a US university here.
University water polo competitions in the UK are provided by 2 organisations...
We have just received a statement from Ian Elliot, Chair of the Water Polo Management Group about Swim England funding for water polo in England next year, which has been issued in response to recent community concern about the lack of financial support for our sport, and suggestions that the Senior men’s and women’s England/GBR squads were to be terminated. Ian tells us, “I can confirm that the Swim England budget for water polo for 2019 is being maintained at a level which will support the national programmes for the U17,