Welcome to SUWPC!

We pride ourselves on being fun and sociable with a competitive edge! We welcome players of all abilities, from complete beginners to National League regulars.

What is water polo?

Water polo is a fast-paced, exciting and feisty team water sport. It’s a little like hand ball. Only wetter. Played in a swimming pool with goals at either end, rolling subs support six field players and one goalie. Game play involves swimming, treading water and one-handed passing between team members, while the opposition defends. Points are scored by shooting the ball past the goalie and into the net.

How long has SUWPC been around for?

The first reference to a water polo fixture at Southampton University was way back in 1936, when the university side drew against Taunton School 4-4. In more recent times, the club started thriving in the mid 1970s and has continued to go from strength to strength ever since.

What’s your training like?

We have two men’s teams and two women’s teams, so we can cater for a wide range of abilities and experience levels. Most of our training sessions are coached. We train at the Jubilee Sports Centre at these times:


8-9pm girls

9-10pm boys


8-9pm one lane for swimming


8-9pm boys

9-10pm girls

Do you play in competitions?

We enter several tournaments including BUCS and u-Polo, so all of our four teams get a good taste of competitive polo!

Every year, we also head abroad for a tour where we play ‘competitive’ games and to Cornwall for some, shall we say, less serious water polo.

What are the costs?

The club welcomes all new players to two free taster sessions at any point in the year. If (when) you decide you want to join it is a one off fee of £60 which covers all transport, training, equipment and match fees. Half year fees are also available. A pair of Turbos (swimming trunks) will set you back around £20-25 and last the full 3 years. For the ladies, a Costume is £30 – 35. Most players get a social shirt for nights out… this is £15. Optional kit includes hoodies, tracksuit bottoms, onesies, bags and towels and are all very reasonably priced for their quality.

Anything else I should know?

We’re one of the most sociable and inclusive clubs at Southampton University. If you’re looking for a way to meet new people, have fun and get fit, give us a go!

Fancy giving water polo a try? Meet us down at the pool or drop us a line at suwpc@soton.ac.uk.


  1. Hi, I’m interested in waterpolo and was just wondering how I’d go about getting into it? I’ve always had a passion for watersports mainly waterpolo. I’m a male and I’m 24 years old.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Kyle! Are you a student at the University of Southampton? If so, we’ll have our taster session sometime during Fresher’s week where you can come along and give it a try!

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