The Water Polo Society is new to the University this year, boasting the title of the only water polo club in Reading. Water polo is a competitive team sport played in the water between two teams. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Nicknamed “Rugby in the water” this new sport has attracted plenty of attention from both students and locals, having already had 2 taster sessions run by President Livvy Shelmerdine, who has several years experience of playing the sport at a high level.
As well as this, the society had its first ever social, where over 25 people turned up in swimming theme costumes to enjoy pizza and garlic bread provided by the committee. Joe Thomas, Welfare Officer of the society, said “We are very happy with how the society has started and how much interest we have had. We hope to continue to grow and attract new people to the sport who wouldn’t usually play. Hopefully this year we will have a Varsity match against Oxford Brookes… of course we all know who wins that!”
With now approaching 25 official members of the society, it is one of the fastest growing clubs on campus, with regular socials and training sessions currently once a fortnight. We are also currently looking into releasing the first ever piece of Reading Water Polo merchandise, personalised hoodies, in the coming weeks.
If this is something you would be interested in joining, visit us on Facebook or on our RUSU page to find out more how you can take part. We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions.
– The RUWP Team
Article by Lucas Coppin