Water Polo Championships

Water Polo Secretary : Neil Green
ESSA Malta 2017 Boys WP Team
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ESSA Malta 2017 Girls WP Team
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The ESSA has been providing an opportunity for all Schools in England to actively engage in competitive water polo since 1976. Throughout the years water polo has become more popular within schools for boys, and girls since 2003 and there are now a significant number of competitions that reflect this.

At both boys and girls age groups both genders compete at U18, U15 and U13 age groups. The first phase of preliminary competitions are mostly regionalised. Following this preliminary phase the U18 and U15 age groups split into three levels - the ‘Championship’ where the elite schools compete for the national title, the ‘Plate’ where the intermediate schools compete for their national title and the ‘Bowl’ where the developing schools compete for their national title. All Schools enter the ‘Championship’ competition in the preliminary phase and following this phase it is then hoped that subsequent phases are a ‘standard appropriate’ level of competition for all competing schools. The U13 ‘Championship’ competition for both boys and girls is regionalised during the preliminary phase of competition. The second phase of the competition takes into consideration the results from the preliminary phase whilst still providing an opportunity for all competing Schools to qualify for the ‘Championship’ final and compete for the national title.
Cadet competitions are aimed to bring new players into playing competitive water polo and to retain them. It should be fun for everyone through an emphasis on attacking and counter attacking play. A school cannot enter a Championship team and also a Cadet team with pupils that have already competed in the ESSA Championship competition. There are now two age groups for the cadet competition – U11 (Year 6 and below) and U13. Teams can be single sex or mixed.
Duke of Cambridge Cup is a competition for the best 39 boys and best 39 girls for a specific age group (identified at the start of the academic year by the ESSA Council). To be be considered for this competition a pupil must be in attendance at a School in England.
International Honours can be achieved following selection by the ESSA Head Coach and is normally from the Duke of Cambridge Cup tournament. Since 2015 International teams have represented the ESSA at tournaments in Malta. (plus pictures x 2), please take down the team selection document

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