backing for gb women from bwpl chairman
BWPL Chairman David Andrews has added his support to the campaign against the removal of all funding from the GB women's water polo team. He said today (6 March): "The decision is a disaster, not only for the national team but the sport as a whole.
"The role model effect of these athletes is huge and has allowed the standard of domestic competition to improve beyond belief in the past few years. The GB under-20 team competed at last year's World Championships and broke into the elite top eight for the first time in a generation and it is these players who will form the basis of our team in years to come, not just in our quest for Rio 2016 but beyond to 2020.
"Without a fully funded national team, water polo will lose its role models, the aspiration of future generations and will condemn the sport to being a "sidelined spectator" on the international stage.
"I urge the authorities to reconsider their decision and reinstate the funding for 'our girls' and allow them to realise their full potential, not just for Rio but for the long term future."
See also on News page: 'Thriving' Domstic Game Offers Hope for GB Water Polo"
otter and manchester claim bwpl honours!
The British League season ended at Guildford (25/26 January) with first-time champions in men's and women's Super 5s. Manchester outplayed Lancaster 16-4 to ensure the men's crown, with Cheltenham as runners-up. But Manchester girls couldn't make it a double for their club - Otter beat them 16-14 in a superb finale to the women's programme. Roll of honour in other divisions:
Championship 1: Sheffield (champions), Invicta, Polytechnic to Div One.
Championship 2: Birmingham (champs), Sutton & Cheam, Manchester Hawks (promoted).
Championship 3: Solihull (champs), University of Bristol, Otter (promoted).
Championship 4: Cheltenham Spartans (champs), York City, Southampton (promoted).
Championship 1: Otter Lutra (champs), Sheffield, Leeds to Div One.
Championship 2: Hucknall (champs), Liverpool Water Beatles, Tyldesley promoted.
See results pages and phase 2 news page for more details.
Also on news page - Cheltenham win British Championship; victory for Liverpool in the women's event.
2014 bwpl annual meeting
The British League's 2014 annual meeting will take place at noon on Sunday, 27 April, at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham B26 3QW. Please note that the venue has changed from the originally announced Holiday Inn Express, Birmingham NEC.
BRITISH WATER POLO league - welcome!
The British Water Polo League website was launched on 24 July 2010 following the successful merger in May that year of the men's National League and the National Women's Water Polo League.
Here you will find everything you need to know about fixtures, results, tables and news affecting the 62 teams in a competition that represents the very best of club polo throughout England, Scotland and Wales.