January 21st 2016
The ASA has published a comprehensive guide to help water polo players from across the country find university scholarships.
The ASA Water Polo Scholarship Guide centralises the range of sports scholarships and bursaries available to water polo player at universities in from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The interactive guide provides players with information about the opportunities available for players from full scholarships offering financial incentives, one-to-one coaching, strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy and nutritional support, to bursaries with full gym membership.
It also details information about university gym and pool facilities, university water polo teams and links to the relevant contacts for more information.
The guide is available on the ASA Water Polo Hub.
January 4th 2016
Scott Carpenter, 27, of Sedgefield Water Polo club based at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre and who started playing the game at 5 years old, has achieved many great things in his Water Polo career that have totally transcended the amateur game in this country. For the past 4 years he has been a professional player in Australia with the Victoria Tigers in Melbourne and has had rave reviews for his play despite being injury hit over the last two years. He lead the Tigers to the National League double in 2013 and became the first foreign player to do this and as captain.
Scott started the National League off in great style in 2015 in Australia and was on course to break the long standing goal scoring record till after 9 games his long standing finger injury re-occurred. This kept him out from March till September. This was very frustrating as he had also missed most of 2014 with major shoulder surgery. Scott was considering retirement at this stage.
His coach and owner of the Victoria Tigers in Melbourne, Jeff Barrow, described Scott as good enough for any international or club side in the world.
He was targetted by Australia water polo to be fast tracked through the Citizenship process in just two years instead of the usual 4/5 years after glowing endorcements from the CEO and Performance Director of Australian Polo, so hopefully if injuries allow he is now available to play in the Olympics in 2016 in Rio.
Scott was picked to play against Japan in a 3 test series in November for Australia in Sydney but was forced to withdraw due to illness. Fortunately still not fit he was picked to play against Olympic silver medallists Italy in December when he made a very encouraging debut for Australia with a 10-9 win and Scott managed 2 goals.
Scott still holds all the goal scoring records in GB for Junior and Senior polo and played over 100 times for GB. He was the tournament top scorer in the European B's in 2009. Famously despite the coaches and players being desperate for him to play in the Olympics in London in 2012 for GB he was ruled out because he had based himself in Australia instead of Europe by UK Sport. Scott was also a professional player in Barcelona for a year and has turned down contracts from all of Europe's top leagues because of the lucrative offer and lifestyle opportunities in Australia.
November 21st 2015
The Wakefield and District Water Polo League 2015 season has come to an end with the winners of the four leagues confirmed as Division 1 – York A, Division 2 – Leeds B, Under 16 yrs – Sheffield, Under 14 yrs – Rotherham.
The leagues teams included a total of 13 adult teams and 11 junior teams from clubs across the area including Barnsley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Humberside, Leeds, Morley, Rotherham, Sheffield and York. The winter club competition commences soon, with teams receiving a points handicap based on their finishing position in the league. In addition several club players will participate in the British Water Polo League fixtures during the winter period.
July 13th 2015
The North East boys (born 2000) Water Polo team team won the inter-regional event held at Cardiff at the weekend, beating the South West 16-6 in the final. This is a fantastic victory and probably the biggest margin in a final for a long time.
The team comprised of a mix of players from Sedgefield, Sheffield and Rotherham Water Polo clubs who have recently been been working very hard under the guidance of Richard Cousins (Sedgefield) and Martin Kelly (Sheffield). John Stevenson from Sedgefield Water Polo club was the team manager for the team and has done a fantastic job of guiding the squad to their victory. Congratulations to everyone involved!
27th April 2015
Teams from the North East claimed victory at the ASA Age Group Waterpolo Championships in Manchester at the weekend.
In the U17 boys final, Sedgefield beat 2013 champions Manchester. The game was hanging in the balance from the first whistle to the last but Sedgefield – who won the U15 Championships last season – hung on to claim an 8-7 win to lift the title for the third time in their history and the first time since 2006. For a full report of the match including an interview with tournament MVP and Sedgefield captain John Pratt please click here.