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Happy New year from England Water Polo -

Happy New Year to everyone and wishing you a wonderful New Year full of exciting water polo!

Even though it isn’t strictly club news, nevertheless we couldn’t start our New Year’s newsletter without wishing our amazing Great Britain’s senior women’s team all the very best for their forthcoming European Championships in Eindhoven which starts on Friday 4th Jan. It’s been a decade since Great Britain competed in the continent’s showpiece tournament, and it is a fantastic start for the New Year for Home Nation water polo.

More details on the 2024 European Water Polo Championships, including the full schedule and live streaming info, can be found here:

We had a busy start to December before all the Christmas festivities took over and allowed clubs to have some well-deserved down time.

December saw the National Age Group Championships for the under 15 age groups. In the boys’ competition, the finalists were Watford Water Polo Club and City of Manchester. Both teams came through the group stages with a 100% record. Watford defeated Grantham (21-1), Sheffield (17-3) in the group stage and then faced Worthing in the play-offs defeating them 10-5 to face City of Manchester in the final.

City of Manchester qualified for the final with wins against Exeter (8-6), Sutton & Cheam (8-2) and Hucknall (13-2) followed by a very close match against City of Birmingham which they won 6-5. The final was another closely fought match with Manchester taking the top spot 5-4.

Watford silver medallists.

COM under 15s champions

Congratulations also to Jamie Collins, City of Manchester, who was awarded the top goalkeeper of the championships.

Jamie Collins

Nine teams took part in the Girls’ u15s National Age Group Championship. West London Penguin topped Group A and City of Liverpool topped group B. In the Bronze medal match Worthing defeated City of Manchester (14-4).

In the Gold medal match City of Liverpool defeated West London Penguin 6-11) to become U15 champions for the first time.

Worthing Bronze medallists


West London Penguin Silver Medallists

City of Liverpool – Champions!

Special congratulations to Manpreet Gill from West London Penguin who was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player

Manpreet Gill – MVP

The first phase of the British Water Polo League has reached its conclusion. The top teams reaching the Super 5s from Men’s Division 1 are last year’s champions, Polytechnic, City of Manchester, Welsh Wanderers who will go into the Super 5s for the first time, Cheltenham and Sutton & Cheam.

In Women’s Division 1 the top teams qualifying for the Super 5s are City of Manchester on 14 points, Liverpool Lizards on 12 points, Coventry on 10 points, Sheffield Sharks on 8 points and Otter on 6 points.

The Super 5s competition will commence in January.

In other news, Hillingdon have entered their U14 and U16 teams for the London Water Polo Winter League.

Hillingdon U14

Hillingdon U16s

And finally, congratulations to Harry Bentham who has been selected as a First Team All American Division II player. Harry, who used to play for City of Manchester, is currently studying Economics at Concordia University Irvine and is one of a number of English players currently competing in the US Collegiate Water Polo Leagues.

That’s it for this month’s round up of club news. We are always happy to publicise news from clubs around England so if you have any news you would like to share, please let us know by emailing


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