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There are over 300 water polo clubs across Australia in which more than ten thousand people of all ages play water polo in a fun and safe environment. Water polo is a great way to improve fitness, play in a social competition or develop the skills required to play at the elite level.
Water polo clubs are not-for-profit organisations that are generally administered by volunteers (parents of players) and are an important part of the community. Members are provided with many benefits including:
• The opportunity to play water polo competitively
• A place for social interaction and the opportunity to develop great friendships (for parents and players)
• A healthy and safe sporting environment
• Involvement in an Olympic sport
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- At what age can you participate?
- What do you do at a club?
- How often do you train/play?
- How do I get involved in a water polo club?
- How much will it cost to join?
At what age can you participate?
Kids can get involved in water polo from an early age with the youngest club competition being the Under-8’s. Many schools also run the modified water polo game, Flippa Ball™, as a great introduction to the sport.
Competitions within State Associations include both metropolitan and state wide events. At a metropolitan level competition commences at the 14&Under age group and also caters for 16- and 18&Under. Following this, players may progress to senior grades.
There are pathways to compete at national club championships in 14-, 16-, 18- &Under age groups and State Championships for the 20&Under age group. Opportunities for selection in national squads begin at the 16&Under age group, introducing players into the national elite athlete pathway.
• Socialise – Most clubs have a social side which may include fund raising events such as trivia nights, balls/formal dinners, regular BBQs, disco nights, etc.
• Clubs travel to competitions together, which provides a great opportunity to get to know other water polo families and athletes that make representative teams experience an array of wonderful opportunities.
• The opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best players by watching or participating in National League competitions.
How often do you train/play?
Like most sports, the amount of training and competition required in water polo varies based upon your age and level of competition. Every club has different training requirements, with training times usually dependent upon pool availability at the local swimming complex.
Depending upon your age and grade you may compete once during the week and then perhaps on the weekend, with games taking place across the country on most nights. There are also state and national championships held for relevant age groups – the competitions are usually held over a weekend or, in some cases, over a week and athletes that are selected for state or national teams will have additional training and competition commitments.
How do I get involved in a water polo club?
Most clubs have their own websites so it is a good idea to keep an eye on your local club’s website to see when they are holding trial days or registration days. However, as each club is different it is best to contact your local club, or a few clubs your area, to see which environment suits you best.