Date: Sunday 22rd April 2018
Venue: Tollcross International Swimming Centre
The earliest form of water polo was played in lakes and rivers. The idea was linked heavily to the concept of rugby as players looked to earn points for their team by carrying a ball with two hands over their opponents’ side and placing it on the deck.
The first official water polo match was played in the Crystal Palace Plunge in London. When the Trudgeon stroke was established, by 1880 in Scotland, water polo became a faster sport and the way of scoring a goal changed to throwing the ball into a cage that was 10ft wide and 3ft deep. The ball changed to a leather football and players could now only handle the ball using one hand and only be tackled once in possession of the ball(1).
Fast-Forward 138 years and the 2018 Scottish Water Polo cup finals or championships are now nearly upon us. Teams from all age groups; U16 Mixed, U18 Boys, U19 Girls, U21 Boys and our Senior Men and Women are currently contesting for the opportunity to represent their clubs Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
Teams from Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming and Waterpolo Club, Warrender WaterPolo, Dunfermline Water Polo Club, Larkhall WATER POLO CLUB, Stirling Water Polo, Portobello ASC - Water Polo Section Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth ASC and EUSWPC are currently playing for the opportunity to represent their clubs in Glasgow next month.
With six finals over the course of the day its a great opportunity for family, friends and anyone interested to come along to support, get involved and perhaps decide to take up Waterpolo as a fantastic way to get fit and participate in a team sport (in a temperate environment, something that Scotland is not commonly acknowledged for!).
In the coming 4 weeks we will share further details on how to get involved, guest appearances from the world of aquatic sports and Scottish life plus the opportunity to get your favourite tunes played as the ball hits the back of the net.
Scottish Water Polo is a sub-brand of Scottish Swimming focussed on the promotion, development and engagement of our existing waterpolo community whilst engaging with the broader aquatics and non-aquatics community to increase exposure and engagement. Our athletes compete at domestic, inter-regional and international level and it is our goal to grow both the involvement and national standing of Scottish Waterpolo, our domestic teams and our players within the GBR teams and squads whilst simultaneously supporting the mission of Scottish Swimming to inspire its members, various disciplines and partners in the development of aquatics, providing leadership and expert support, resulting in more people taking part and reaching their full potential.
Scottish Swimming has the Our Vision: Everyone Can Swim
Find out more by checking out information through Glasgow Life, Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water Polo as to the latest developments, guest attendees and events planned for the day.
(1) - Source - https://www.britishswimming.org/browse-sport/water-polo/about-water-polo/history-water-polo/