Otters A.S.C. has been involved in
competitive water polo for the greater part of the last century right through to
this new millennium. Today, as in earlier
years, the club is committed to
maintaining and furthering water polo interests in the Huddersfield and Kirklees
areas and to support this it has the use of two 25 metre pools with full water polo
facilities and equipment at each venue.
The facilities available give plenty of scope for the
full range of coaching, training and competitive activities necessary for a
membership of varying ages and abilities.
The Friday night session at the Huddersfield Sports
Centre follows the club's swimming session for beginners and younger swimmers
which runs from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. The water polo session commences at 8.00pm with
the 25m pool facility shared with younger players practice for mini-polo up to
9.00pm and general training for older players to 9.30 pm.
The Tuesday night session is from 8.30pm to 10.00pm
and is based at the Galpharm Stadium Pool which gives us an excellent full
depth water polo facility.
Coaching and training are available at each session
with the exception of when matches are scheduled at the Galpharm facility. See the current fixture list for details.
Huddersfield Otters are active in a wide range of competitions
and leagues with notable successes in all of these areas. The main competition period extends from March through
to October when teams are active in Wakefield & District division 1 which, in spite of its local title, involves teams from all areas of Yorkshire
and even Derbyshire. During the same period we also have a team entered in
the Northern League division 2 which also competes with teams from "the other side of
The Wakefield & District League also organise a
Winter League which is run on a handicap basis (loosely based on team
performances during the previous season). In addition to the league matches there are also
various Knock-Out competitions, some played on a match by match basis at the
participants' venues, whilst others are run as a single competition over 4 or 5
hours at one venue.
For quite a number of our members, their ability and
performance at club level have led to selection and representation in
Yorkshire and North Eastern Counties matches.
As a club we are always looking to involve new people,
whether their aim is to learn a new sport or to continue what they may have started
elsewhere. We like to compete; we like to win; but most of all we like to play