Oxford University Water Polo Club


The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS – formerly BUSA) water polo tournament is a well-established competition that is widely considered the most competitive university water polo event in the UK. The tournament works initially in regional groups of four teams, of which two progress to the semi-finals and are again placed into groups of four for qualification to the finals.

The men’s squad is competing in the 1C top division against Cambridge, Imperial and Warwick Universities. The team has progressed well in the competition in recent years, having been promoted from the BUSA shield to the top division in the 2005-06 season. The 2007-08 season ended with the men reaching the semi-finals having beaten previously undefeated champions ULU in the first round. In 2009-10 the men went one better finishing 4th after reaching the finals.

The women’s squad is also in the 1C division, facing Birmingham, London and Loughborough Universities – Cambridge having failed to get promoted. The women go into the season with confidence having achieved comfortable promotion in the 2007-08 tournament and hope to regain the title that they last held in the 2004-05 season.

More information about BUCS can be found at: www.bucs.org.uk


This year, both the men’s and women’s team have again played in the new British Universities Water Polo League (Upolo). In 2009-10 a men's second team was also entered for the first time. Upolo aims to extend the competitive season for university water polo teams in the UK and runs from October until March, working as a league system in which teams play each other twice in regional divisions. The league runs in conjunction with BUCS and so ensures competitive matches most weeks of the full term. Both Oxford sides compete in the Midland top divisions.

More information about Upolo can be found at: www.u-polo.com