swimming & water polo

hello, we are the essex blades swimming & water polo club


Swimming competitively involves moving your arms and legs in specific techniques to move through a distance of water in the quickest time possible. In a swimming race, the person/ team that finishes swimming the specified distance first wins. The 4 strokes (techniques) competed in are Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle, or all four in that order known as Medley. This can be competed individually or as a team of 4 in a relay. It can be competed in either a pool or open water, usually depending on the distance being raced. Pools competed in can either be Long Course (50m) or Short Course (25m).

Water Polo is a ball sport played between two teams in a swimming pool, wherein the opposing sides try to score goals by throwing a ball into the opposition's goal. The team that has scored the most goals at the end of the match wins. The ball is similiar size and weight to a football and bouyant in water. A Water Polo team is made up of six field players, whose roles involves both offence and defence, and one goalkeeper. A match is played in four quarters each consisting of 8 minutes but the clock is stopped whenever the ball is not in play.
 

How many teams do we have?

Men's 1st Water Polo - BUCS South East 1A
Women's 1st Water Polo - BUCS South East 1A
Swimming Team competes annually at BUCS Long Course and Short Course events, as well as regional events.

 

Recent honours?

Essex Blades Bronze Standard Club - 2016/17
Essex Blades Newcomer of the Year - Senanur Duven - 2017/18
Essex Blades Student Coach of the Year - Toby Rogers - 2018/19
Essex Blades Gold Standard Club - 2018/19, 2019/20

 

Do I need anything else before I get involved?

Googles and swim trunks/ swim costume (Swimming Hat optional) as well as a towel for drying off afterwards

Join us*


To be a part of the club, you need to join up as a member. All of the different club membership options are listed below with a description of what each membership covers.

* Please note that your membership information will be used in conjunction with Essex Sport (University), purely for the purpose of providing access to required facilities and data analysis. Your data will not be shared with anyone else or used for marketing purposes.

* Please note that due to COVID-19 we are identifying what activities are able to be played in line with UK Government and National Governing Bodies for sport guidelines.  Due to this, we have suspended playing memberships until we have a clearer picture of training and competition opportunities for 2020/21.

By purchasing a membership you are agreeing to the clubs code of conduct.

Training times


* Please note that due to COVID-19 we are identifying what activities are able to be played in line with UK Government and National Governing Bodies for sport guidelines.  Due to this, we have suspended playing memberships until we have a clearer picture of training and competition opportunities for 2020/21. This page will be updated once this has been confirmed. 

Please note, club training times listed below are during University term-time only, RESUMING THE WEEK COMMENCING*  
 

 

 *Due to national lockdown, training sessions are currently suspended.

CLUB TRAINING

Monday | 9:30-10:30pm
COLCHESTER LEISURE WORLD

All club members welcome. Meet at North Towers car park To go to Leisure World, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, CO1 1YH

CLUB TRAINING

friday | 7:30-8:30pm
COLCHESTER LEISURE WORLD

All club members welcome. Meet at North Towers car park to go to Leisure World, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, CO1 1YH

 

 

 

Club committee


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chiara hettena


PRESIDENT
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alexander hope-smith


VICE-PRESIDENT SWIMMING
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lauren mcclure


VICE-PRESIDENT water polo & covid officer
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rio blackall


treasurer
 
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nicole ralphs


welfare officer
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ELENA STEVENSON


SECRETARY
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IONA BRADBURY


SOCIAL SECRETARY
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JOSH FOWLES


SWIMMING CAPTAIN
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REBECCA KING


ALUMNI OFFICER
 
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TOBY ROGERS


VOLUNTEERING OFFICER & COVID OFFICER
 
...

NYREE RIDOUT


WATER POLO CAPTAIN (WOMEN'S)
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MARTIN POULARD


WATER POLO CAPTAIN (mEN'S)

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Key documents


Club constitution

CLUB CODE OF CONDUCT

COVID OPERATIONAL PLAN

RISK ASSESSMENT