Water polo makes another splash at the Aquatic Centre in Sunderland
Sunderland's reputation as a centre for water polo continues to grow with the city invited to host a high profile national event.
Following the success of both the 2014 European Men's Water Polo Championships and subsequent final play-off finals, Sunderland's Aquatic Centre is providing the venue for the British Water Polo Super 5s this weekend of 15 and 16 November.
The free weekend event will see five of the country's leading male, and five of the leading female teams compete in ten matches over the two days of the tournament.
Some of the leading water polo players in the country – many of whom featured in the 2012 Olympics – will be taking part.
They will also be taking time to provide mini-polo coaching sessions on Sunday morning for children and young swimmers hoping to follow their wake into the sport.
Stars from the League’s champion clubs - City of Manchester in the men and the girls of London team Otter - have volunteered to take charge of mini sessions on Sunday morning for local youngsters.
Players include two Manchester Olympians, goalkeeper Ed Scott and Joe O’Regan while the Otter representatives are current GB player Peggy Etibet, Australian international Lex Higlett and GB juniors Brooke Tafazolli and Matilda Williams.
Chairman of the British Water Polo League (BWPL) Dave Andrews said: “The Sunderland event launches the second half of the British League season. This sees the top five men’s and women’s teams to emerge from eight-team divisions in the first phase competing in the Super 5s.
“The men’s competition features top qualifiers Lancaster – winners of every match so far – Cheltenham, City of Manchester, Scottish representatives Portobello and Bristol Central. City of Liverpool, also undefeated, lead the women’s line-up along with City of Coventry, Manchester, Otter and City of Sheffield.”
12.20pm (W) City of Coventry v City of Manchester
1.55 (M) Portobello v Lancaster
3.10 (M) Bristol Central v City of Manchester
4.40 (W) Sheffield Sharks v Liverpool Lizards
5.50 (W) City of Coventy v Otter
7.15 (M) Cheltenham v Portobello
11am (M) Cheltenham v City of Manchester
12.15 (M) Bristol Central v Lancaster
1.40 (W) Otter v Liverpool Lizards
2.50 (W) Sheffield Sharks v City of Manchester
The British Water Polo League has a total of 63 teams in eight divisions from all over England, Scotland and Wales. It was formed four years ago following a merger of the 50-year-old men’s National League and the National Women’s League.
For details of the Sunderland programme contact Sunderland Aquatic Centre on 561 6161 or visit the British Water Polo League.