Department of Sport

Performance Water Polo

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Performance Water Polo


Water Polo players studying at the University of Nottingham join one of the UK's leading University set ups, with four teams competing in the British Universities and Colleges' Sport (BUCS) leagues as well as the UPOLO championships, where we're enjoyed considerable success.

Our facilities are excellent - the University's £40 million David Ross Sports Village houses a 25m double deep pool with moveable floor and performance athletes access the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning area in our High Performance Zone. Links with local national league side Hucknall support our experienced coaching team and several players currently compete at international level. 

Performance Water Polo at the University of Nottingham


Performance coaching

Our performance water polo programme is led by Head Coach Sam Joyce, himself an alumni of the University of Nottingham. A Level 2 qualified coach and a National League 2 player, Sam has developed the programme into one of the UK’s leading University Water Polo set ups.

Sam is supported by Level 1 assistant coach David Philipson and thanks to a link with National League side Hucknall Water Polo Club, our students have the opportunity to play and train under Senior England Men’s Head Coach Tim Dunsbee. 

Contact Sam Joyce 


Performance training

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


  • 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)
  • 2016/17 - Midlands 1A champions and promotion to BUCS Premier North (Women 1)
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Trophy runners up (Women 1)
  • 2016/17 - British UPOLO champions (Men 1)

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

Matt Madden

Matt Madden 

Studying: French and Spanish

Water Polo background: Solihull and GB team

Top Achievements:  Captaining GB to first European championships in over a decade. Winning national league and British championships in the same year. Named British swimming’s waterpolo athlete of the year 2018. 

 "Nottingham’s scholarship program is well structured and  greatly beneficial to athletes of all disciplines. It attracts top athletes which contributes to making Nottingham the top sporting uni. It has helped me personally in an unfunded amateur sport to train in unrivaled facilities and compete at the highest level possible". 


Anna Lord-Waterpolo

Anna Lord

Studying: BSc Physiotherapy (School of Life Sciences)

Water Polo Background: Manchester, Hucknall and GB

Top Achievements: Winning National Age Group championships 

"Nottingham facilities and coaching staff are second to none. All the extra support form strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists and lifestyle advisors have helped me improve my skills massively whilst helping me manage my university work and social life alongside training."



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000