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Since launching our junior water polo programme in 2005, over 100 players; both boys and girls have gone through our programme; all of whom have tasted competition and most of whom are still playing either at Seagulls or at University or at Senior clubs across the region.

Our approach is best described by a simple equation: Kids + Water + Ball = Fun!!!

All players get the opportunity to train as a competitive water polo squads. Seagulls teams have been Dorset League champions on many occasions, with players picked for County, Regional and GB Talent Squads.

Seagulls outline water polo structure is loosely based on particular age groups to bring it in line with the ASA’s Long Term Athletic Development framework for water polo. In general, the plan is fluid and players will normally advance through the scheme by ability.

Generally, girls and boys of all age groups will normally train together. This has the advantage of allowing the younger players to be mentored by the older. This enhances the skill acquisition of the younger players.

At the early stages, concentration is on the player rather than on team progress and emphasis is therefore more on participation, having fun in the water and playing simple games. However, we also focus on the equipment, the basic techniques and the essential ball skills with ‘fun’ drills to maintain the interest of the players.

As players get older and progress we move to more advanced personal skills training and introduce team based skills and tactics to equip them to play at the top of their ability.

Novice Squad (typically 9-11 years)

This squad is open to younger club members, preferably 8+ years old who are strong swimmers, but ultimately by agreement with the Club’s water polo coach.

The training sessions introduce the basic rules with an emphasis on core water polo skills and fitness. During this stage, players are progressively moved on to more advanced skills as they:

  • Are at home in deeper water.
  • Are able to swim confidently with the ball.
  • Can perform egg beater leg kick.
  • Gain some basic ball handling skills.

This squad gives players their first taste of competitive mini polo in local leagues.

Academy Squad (typically 11-14 years)

Members are expected to continue swimming in their usual club swim squads. Whilst some members of this squad will regard swimming competitively as their priority they will be expected to be available for events as selected by the coach.

This stage concentrates not only on player development but also on team development; what it means to work as part of a team and being a team member. Training sessions cover the full range of skills and rules and introduces team tactics strategies.

This squad competes actively in local leagues and regional tournaments. It opens entry to Dorset County Squads, the Regional Training Centre and the National Academy.

Junior Squad (14-18 years)

This squad is open to club members by selection of the club water polo coach. Members are expected to continue swimming with the club in structured swim sessions and be available for all matches as selected by the coach.

Training sessions focus on positional play, team tactics and strategies.

This squad competes in local leagues, regional tournaments and is the pathway for players into senior water polo either locally or at university.

Squad Fees

All squad fees can be found on our Membership Fees page.

Squad Training Calendar

Two Riversmeet New Milton Lymington Ferndown
SQUAD Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
POLO                           18:00


Last modified 05 February 2018.


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I hope you had a great summer and feel fully refreshed and raring to go.

We will restart training this Sunday from 18:00 to 20:00 at 2RM.

Looking forward to another great season See MoreSee Less

I managed to speak to a number of people on Sunday, but just to make sure that everyone knows, we have now finished water polo training for the summer. We will start training again on 10th September.

Make sure you rest and have fun so that you are fully refreshed for the new session.

Have a great summer.

Bob See MoreSee Less

I just to let you know the waterpolo training times over Easter:

Sunday 9th April – Training as normal
Sunday 16th April – No Training – Easter Sunday
Sunday 23rd April – NoTraining
Sunday 30th April – Training as normal

Just in case I don’t see you on Sunday have a good Easter, have a good break, eat chocolate and then come and work off the calories!

Bob See MoreSee Less


Hi Everone,

Half terms starts next weekend so there will be no Waterpolo on Sunday 12 February 2017. We will be training as normal on Sunday 19 February 2017.

Have a good week break and recharge your batteries.

Bob See MoreSee Less

Our last Waterpolo training session of this year will be this Sunday 11/12/2016 and our first training session of the New Year will be 08/01/2017.

I hope to see you all on Sunday, but just in case, have a very merry and relaxing Christmas and New Year so that you are refreshed, recharged and raring to go next year. See MoreSee Less

Training as normal this Sunday – 2RM between 18:00 – 20:00. See MoreSee Less

As it is half term we would like to just check the numbers that will be training on Sunday 30 October 2016 to make sure that we have enough athletes for a constructive session. Please can you reply to my e-mail to let me know if you are planning to come along on 30 October 2016. See MoreSee Less

Club Champs are on this weekend so there will be no water polo training in the pool this Sunday (25/01/16). Vlad will be running a land training session from 5pm to 7pm for players that would like to come along – meet as usual at the entrance to 2RM.

We will be training as normal on 02/09/16 See MoreSee Less

I hope you had a great summer and are feeling refreshed and raring to go.

Pool training will begin again this Sunday (11/09/16) at the normal times of 6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm. However, we want players to increase their fitness at the start of the season, following the long lazy summer. So to build on the success of the ‘fitness fun on the beach’ last week we will be holding a land based fitness session prior to pool training at 5:00pm this Sunday meeting at the 2RM entrance (please make sure that you bring trainers). If this is successful the plan is to hold this session every week as long as the light lets us.

To continue the focus on basic fitness, we have also agreed that Water polo only players will be able to attend a single swimming session each week. This session will be selected based on the age and ability of the player as well as availability with in the Seagulls swimming structure. The sessions will be discussed individually with the players and parents.

Finally we have decided that we will not be charging match fees this year – this will hopefully make the experience of cheering on the super fit teams even more enjoyable.

See you all on Sunday See MoreSee Less

Hi Everyone

Another season has gone and we are now in the Summer holidays so there will be no Waterpolo training until September. We will start back on Sunday 11th September 2016.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all fully rested and ready to go In September See MoreSee Less

Posted on November 12th, 2014

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