Water Polo

Water Polo is a game that captures a number of different facets of some of the more popular sports in world culture.  Much of what is involved with water polo is coparable to the sports of hockey, basketball and football.



Physiologists have ranked the sport as one of the most strenuous activities of all. The exercise of swimming itself utilizes many sets of muscles, add to that the head-high ball handling skills of passing and shooting, the leg support generated through the eggbeater kick and physical contact between players and you have a thoroughly arduous sport.

The game started as far back as the mid-1800’s, with a submersible ball and played in a rugby style.  It has obviously changed quite significantly since then and the game we play today although still physically demanding does not perhaps have quite the same lack of discipline as the earlier versions.  Women were not involved in water polo until the early 1900’s but since then have gone from strength to strength.  This is a sport that not only is demanding physically but is great fun so if you are fed up of swimming up and down following that same blue line maybe Water Polo is for you.

Salisbury Stingrays Water Polo Club has 2 sections:-

Junior Section. Tuesday 6-7pm @ Godolphin School Pool. This runs every Tuesday during the school term.  All Children are welcome from 5 years old, but they need to be able to swim 50m.

Senior Section. Sunday 7-8pm @ 5Rivers Leisure Centre.  This runs every Sunday evening throughout the year apart from Christmas when the pool closes and a couple of weeks during the summer holidays. This section is open to any swimmer over the age of 15 (depending on swimming ability and ball skills).

Contact Penny Marshall 01722 330097.  Email. Penn...@btinternet.com

For information on competition, see the competition tab above.  Contact details for all fixtures secretaries can also be found here.

Please download this guide to help you understand the structure of Water Polo in the UK.

The Regional Training Centre (RTC) for the South West is held in Exeter and runs for 10 weeks of each term.  The selection session is at the start of each term and then there is a commitment to attend a further eight sessions minimum during the term.  Please speak to Penny Marshall if you are interested to attend.  At the present time the age groups attending are from 95/96, 97/98 and 1999. The latest publicity for this event is attached.

The National Acadamy is a week long training camp for those players who have been attending the RTC.  There is a cost involved, and it usually runs at Millfield School the first week of the summer holidays.  Details are below.