Oxford University Water Polo Club exists to provide competitive water polo to students and represent the university at the national level. Water Polo is a discretionary full blue sport, and as such has a prestigious status in the university sports scene. Members of the club train up to 5 times a week in preparation for BUCS fixtures and the annual Varsity match against Cambridge, a unique event characterised by its fantastic atmosphere. While our teams compete at the highest level of university sport, we also provide opportunities for beginners and novices to learn the game in a welcoming and friendly environment.
The Men's Blues Team is generally selected from players who have significant playing experience, typically 5+ years at either school, regional or national level. The team train 3-4 times a week and play regular matches against top university and club teams. Oxford placed 4th in BUCS in 2015, and regularly qualify for the BUCS semi-finals.
The Men’s 2nd Team is open to all abilities, including beginners. Players train 2-3 times a week, and from 2015, the team will compete against other universities in BUCS. This experience allows players of all levels to hone their skills, and many subsequently move up to the Blues Team. The team boasts recent success at Varsity, defeating Cambridge twice in the past three years.
The Women's Blues Team typically consists of a mix of novices and experienced players. The team train 3-4 times a week, which allows beginners to reach a high standard in a very short space of time. In 2016-17, the women will compete in both BUCS and UPolo. This season, they are looking to build on last year's Varsity win.
Water Polo is a discretionary Full Blue sport at Oxford. Each of the Men’s and Women’s Varsity teams receive 7 Half Blues per year, with an additional 6 Half Blues available at the captain’s discretion. If a team wins a game at the BUCS Semi-Finals, all players may be awarded Discretionary Full Blues.