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Water Polo

Club Captain: Tegan Stanbach -

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Twitter: @DUWaterPolo

Durham University offers, perhaps, the best combination of any university in the UK for excellent academic achievement and success in the pool. Over the past five years the Durham University Water Polo club (DUWP) has gone from strength to strength.

In 2014, the Men's First Team came second in the country in the university championships, narrowly missing out to Bristol 9-7 in the final. The Women's First Team reached the Trophy semi final as did the Men's Second team in the Northern Conference Cup.

DUWP combines both strength and depth; there are two men's teams and two women's teams providing experienced players with the opportunity to compete at the highest university level while also encouraging those new to the sport to develop quickly.

DUWP is competitive, social and growing, competing in two national competitions each year; BUCS and UPolo, as well as invitational tournaments and friendly matches.

The aims and objectives of Durham University Water Polo are:

i. To provide water polo players with the chance of representing the University against other universities and clubs at the highest levels

ii. To introduce novices to the sport, and raise their playing standard to a competitive level

iii. To stress sportsmanship, fair play and safe conduct

iv. To encourage a close and friendly club spirit through socials and mutual support between teams

DUWP Player's Experience :

"Choosing to attend Durham University and play for DUWP is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Members of the club are very close-knit, which makes for an environment similar to family. Furthermore, the structure of the club, paired with the high-level of play exhibited in matches, is proof of the club's exponential growth.” - Alex Kazmier

"Whenever people ask me why they should go to Durham, I always tell them that Durham is the best university in the country if you want to combine a great degree with sports. The water polo club was the core focus of my 3 years at Durham both in and out of the water. Some of my closest friends today were made through the club and we still regularly return to Durham to meet up.After I graduated, I spent a season in Spain, playing water polo in the División de Honor. Something that would never have been possible without the experience I gained playing water polo at Durham. I now work at PwC.” - Josh Brown

"DUWP was a wonderful way to still play the sport I love and meet some amazing individuals. Winning the trophy this year was a great experience and I am so proud of the way our team performed. I loved my time with DUWP and would highly recommend it to anyone!” - Meghan Lappan