What Is Water Polo ? – Whether you are looking for a fun way to get fit, a great way to make new friends, or a sporting discipline that could take you all the way to the Olympics, Water Polo is both challenging and fun.
Water Polo matches are played in swimming pools with two teams, each with seven players (six outfield player and a goalkeeper) and six substitutes. The concept is very similar to football – there are goals at each end of the pool and the winner is the team who has scored most by the full time whistle. Play is divided into quarters, each eight minutes in duration. Water Polo is a physically demanding game – nobody is allowed to touch the bottom while the game is in play and players can cover around three kilometres in a match.
In Scotland, teams compete in both league and cup competitions – with events for men, women, mixed Under 18s and mixed Under 16s. Our national squads compete in European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic events.
Water polo in Scotland is played over all levels of the game. From Junior to Senior domestic competition to national and international events there is something for everyone at whatever level you wish to play.
League and Cup competitions bandar bola in Scotland follow the calendar year beginning in January with league matches at Men’s, Women’s, Under 18 and Under 16 level. The National Championships provide an additional competition for clubs to compete in. Men compete for the Scottish Cup, Women for the Graz Trophy, Under 21 Men for the Malta Trophy, Under 18s for the Willie Mellors Trophy and Under 16s for the Academy Trophy.
Our highest level teams also compete in the British Water Polo League (BWPL) and British Championship. The BWPL runs from September to February with the British Championship being held in February and March following the conclusion of the League. These competitions pit the best of British Water Polo against one another and fixtures are held around the country. Scotland is represented by two Men’s teams and one Women’s team. Portobello have qualified for the Men’s Super 5s competition, the highest echelon, in the BWPL for the last 3 years and won the British Championship in 2012. Caledonia (a joint venture between Dunfermline and Menzieshill) have been promoted in successive years and currently compete in the Second Division of the BWPL and qualified for the British Championship in 2013. Caledonia’s Women also qualified for the Super 5s competition for the first time in 2013 and will start their 2014 season competing in the First Division.