Water Polo players studying at the University of Nottingham join one of the UK's leading University setups, with two Men's and two Women’s Teams competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.

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Performance Water Polo

Why Nottingham?

Our programme offers 12 hours of pool training and 2 hours of strength & conditioning sessions a week, which can be matched by no other UK club or university team. Our facilities are excellent - the University's £45 million David Ross Sports Village houses a newly refurbished 25m double deep pool with a movable floor, and our performance athletes have access to the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning area in our High-Performance Zone.

These facilities help to support the several players we currently have competing at an International level. Strong Links with local national league side Hucknall also offer players further exposure to high-level training and British Water Polo League Matches.

Water Polo players in the pool

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Water Polo Programme

done 7 weekly training sessions (1-2 hours)
done 2 weekly strength and conditioning sessions
done 25m double-deep swimming pool with movable floor
done Nutrition and Sports Psychology support

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Regular matches with British Water Polo League (BWPL) sides
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Representing the #GreenandGold


  • 2023/24 - BUCS Championship winners (Women 1)
  • 2022/23 - BUCS Championship runners-up (Women 1)
  • 2021/22 - BUCS Ranked No. 1 University for Water Polo
  • 2021/22 - BUCS Championship runners-up (Men 1)
  • 2021/22 - BUCS National Trophy runners-up (Men 2)
  • 2018/19- Midlands 1A Champions (Men 1 and Women 1)
  • 2018/19- BUCS Trophy Champions (Men 1 and Women 1)
  • 2017/18 - Midlands 1A champions (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS Trophy winners (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - British UPOLO champions (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - British UPOLO runners up (Women 1)


  • Four teams, two male and two female, competing in the British Universities and Colleges' Sport Leagues (BUCS)
  • Women 1: BUCS Premier North (top division)
  • Men 1: BUCS Premier North (top division)
  • Women 2: BUCS Midland 1A
  • Men 2: BUCS Midland 1A
  • Men's and Women's third teams have regular matches throughout the year
  • Players also have access to matches in the British Water Polo League through playing with local BWPL Team Hucknall WPC
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Performance Coaching

Sam Joyce - Head Coach

Our performance water polo programme is led by Head Coach Sam Joyce, himself an alumni of the University of Nottingham. An experienced University coach and British Water Polo League Player, Sam has developed the programme into one of the UK’s leading University Water Polo setups.

Sam is supported by Assistant Coach Tim Dunsbee. Tim is an ex-senior International Coach and so players at Nottingham are exposed to some of the best coaching available in the Country.

Sam Joyce - Water Polo Head Coach