Department of Sport

Performance Water Polo


Performance Water Polo


Studying at The University of Nottingham provides Water Polo players the chance to join a well established and growing Water Polo program, whose results are continually thriving.

With two qualified coaches, a swimming pool on campus and the state-of-the-art David Ross Sports Village, there are huge amounts of opportunities for talented Water Polo players to perform and progress their game. We have international level players from both the U.K and abroad and we look to build upon and develop the talents of our squads. We compete in both BUCS and UPOLO, and have strong links with local National League clubs. 

Performance Water Polo at the University of Nottingham


Performance coaching

Head of Water Polo, Sam Joyce is a young, passionate and talented coach. An alumni of the club, Sam has built the University’s Water Polo program during his three years as Head coach. During his short spell in charge the club has been extremely successful, and this displays his dedication to improving performance in Nottingham.

Sam is a qualified coach and referee, as well as being a high level player himself; competing for multiple local teams, including National League side Hucknall. He maintains good relationships with International Level coaches including Tim Dunsbee and Thomas Wall. Sam is supported by another UoN alumni, qualified coach David Philipson.  

Contact Sam Joyce 


Performance training

  • 5 weekly training sessions (1-2 hours)
  • weekly swim session (60 min)
  • weekly strength and conditioning session (60 min)
  • scheduled friendlies with National League sides


  • 2016/17 - Midlands 1A champions and promotion to BUCS Premier North - Women 1
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Trophy runners up - Women 1
  • 2016/17 - Midlands UPOLO Champions - Women 1
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Midlands 1A runners up - Men 1
  • 2016/17 - British UPOLO Champions - Men 1
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Midlands 1A winners - Women 1
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Midlands 1A winners - Men 1

Performance facilities




Athlete profiles


George Sadler

Studying: MEng Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering)

Water Polo background: Represented City of Birmingham at junior and senior level. Current member of England training squad. 

Top Achievements: Runner up with City of Birmingham at National level. UPOLO British Champion and BUCS Finals Silver Medalist

The state-of-the-art facilities at Nottingham have enabled me to perform to the highest level and progress my game during my studies.



Jas Littler

Studying: BSc Plant Science (School of Biosciences)

Water Polo Background: Playing since the age of 12, Jas has progressed through the regional training centre to join the England talent squad. 

Top Achievements: U16 and U18 North East England Captain at Regional Championships. BUCS and UPOLO Finals Silver medalist.

UoN Water Polo is a huge part of my university life. I've met a group of players who love to excel in our sport and as a tight team unit, I'm really proud of our team spirit.



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000