In which sport did GB win its first ever team gold medal at the Olympics? Answer: Water Polo!
Name a Sheffield sport that has both male and female teams in the top flight of their sport?
Answer: Water Polo!
The rich diversity and high standard of the sports teams across Sheffield have contributed to our city often being referred to as the “City of Sport!”
City of Sheffield Water Polo Club is just one part of this proud reputation and as recognition of it’s great work has been granted “Beacon” club status by the Amateur Swimming Association. This makes Sheffield one of only 3 water polo clubs in the country to be awarded this accolade. Incidentally Sheffield’s Swimming and Diving clubs have also been awarded this status showing once again why Sheffield is quite rightly known as the “City of Sport”!
The club, an amalgamation of Sheffield Dolphins (one of the oldest water polo clubs in the country) and Sheffield Sharks, already boasts men’s and women’s teams in the top division of the National League as well as running a men’s team and 5 junior teams. Current players range from Four year old beginners to regional and national squad members. It also has a unique relationship with both of Sheffield’s Universities, sharing training and playing space at pond’s Forge.
As part of it’s “beacon” status the club is aiming to develop both the senior and junior sections further, help other clubs in the region to expand and to mirror our continental counter parts and make sure that there is a clear pathway for talented youngsters from four years old upwards. This last ambition has seen the introduction of a Mini Monsters water polo project based around the south Sheffield region. Over 125 children in the 4-11 age range have already attended holiday taster sessions at King Edwards pool , Seven Hills and Mylnhurst. The Monsters initially established a squad of 25 players aged between 4 and 11 years old at Heeley pool and have been attending regular weekly sessions at Mylnhurst School, Heely Baths, Seven Hills and the Goodwin Pool at Sheffield University. The Head coaches have also identified the most able Mini Monsters and have selected them to join the City of Sheffield Water Polo Academy running at Pond’s Forge.
A key part of the project has been the development of young coaches from within the club. Six young players have completed coaching awards and are working with senior coaches along with a further 6 young volunteers to deliver the sessions.