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


  • 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


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 Age Group championships. UPOLO British Champion and BUCS Trophy gold medallist.

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 Trophy and UPOLO British Championships 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