Water Polo Championships

Water Polo Secretary : Neil Green


The ESSA has been providing an opportunity for all schools in England to actively engage in competitive water polo since 1976. Water polo has become increasingly popular within schools for boys, and now girls since 2003, and there are now a significant number of competitions that reflect this.

Both boys’ and girls’ groups compete at U18, U15 and U13 age groups. The first phase of preliminary competitions is 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 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 this 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 aim to attract new players into competitive water polo and to retain them. A school cannot enter a Championship team, and also a Cadet team, with the same pupils that have already competed in the Championship competition. There are now two age groups for the Cadet competition – U11 (Year 6 and below) and U13 (Year 8 and below). Teams can be single sex or mixed.

Duke of Cambridge Cup is a one-day tournament for the best 39 boys and best 39 girls, nominated by schools and England Water Polo, from a specific age group (identified as at the start of the academic year by the ESSA Council). To be considered for this competition a pupil must attend School in England.

International honours can be achieved following selection by the ESSA Head Coach, usually at the Duke of Cambridge Cup one-day tournament. Since 2015 International teams have represented the ESSA at tournaments in Malta.

ESSA Malta 2017 Boys WP Team
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ESSA Malta 2017 Girls WP Team
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ESSA 2017/18 Finals Dates and Venues

   
Wednesday 21st March
(Postponed from Saturday 3rd March 2018)
8.45am warm-up U15 Boys/Mixed ESSA National Championship Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
1.30pm warm-up U18 Boys ESSA National Championship Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton  NN1 5RT
     
Monday 5th March 2018 10.45am warm-up U15 Boys/Mixed ESSA National Plate Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Plate Final (6 Teams)
2.15pm warm-up U15 Boys/Mixed ESSA National Bowl Final
(5 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
     
Thursday 8th March 2018 10.45am warm-up U18 Boys ESSA National Plate Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Plate Final (6 Teams)
2.15pm warm-up U18 Boys ESSA National Bowl Final
(5 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
     
Thursday 15th March 2018 9.00am warm-up U15 Girls ESSA National Championship Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
12.45pm warm-up U18 Girls ESSA National Championship Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
     
Tuesday 1st May 2018 12.00pm warm-up U13 Girls ESSA National Championship Final
Top Two teams from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT
     
Tuesday 8th May 2018 12.00pm warm-up U13 Boys/Mixed ESSA National Championship Final
Top team from each group qualify for the Championship Final (6 Teams)
Venue Northampton Boys School, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5RT

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