Sedgefield Water Polo Club entered a men’s team into the British Water Pool League Division 5 for the first time in the club’s history in the 2021-22 season.
With players from as young as 16-years-old, they finished phase 1 of the league second in the table, which qualified them into the Championship Four play-offs which could win them promotion into Division 4.
In the Division Four play-offs, SWPC men won six out of their seven games which put them in joint first place in the table with Bridgefield, with both teams on 12 points at the end of the season.
Bridgefield beat Sedgefield 6-5 in a thrilling, hard-fought game, which gave Bridgefield the championship shield.
“Everyone at Sedgefield Water Polo Club is incredibly proud of the achievement the lads accomplished for their hard work and the way they represented the club,” said Paul Taylor, the club’s parent liaison officer.
“They won promotion in their first season and travelling all over the country to play the matches, which is self-funded by the team members and families.
“This once again puts County Durham sports on the map along with the big names in the country, and proves that with hard work and dedication, even self-funded small clubs can succeed.
“A special thanks goes to the coaching team for their knowledge and leadership, the team members and families.
“We’d also like to thank Phil at Auckland Innovations for printing our shirts, and Northumberland & Durham Swimming Association.”
The club trains at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre four times per week, with members from beginners L8 youngsters to adult sessions available.
The club is also looking for sponsorships.
To book a free taster session, or to ask about sponsorship, email [email protected]