About us

We are a diverse and exciting club full of opportunities for people of all abilities so don't be afraid to come along and see what you are made of!

From fantastic socials, to charity events, inter sports club activities and even our annual domestic and foreign tours - our club is friendly, fun and a big presence on campus. You can make friends for life and we will always make you feel welcome, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a brand new fresher!

Keep scrolling down to find out more about your chosen sports. Remember, double the sports equals double the fun!

The club has been a key part of our time at uni providing fun, fitness, life long friends and support. It will become your extended family, and we hope you’ll join us too. So what are you waiting for? Jump in!

Frequently asked questions

General

Is the team open to the general public?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

Do you have to book sessions to train?

Yes, you must book a Zz Swimming Club or Zz Water Polo slot on the Warwick Sport website before turning up to training.

Where does the team train?

At the Sports and Wellness Hub (University of Warwick Cryfield Village, Leighfield Rd, Coventry CV4 7EU).

Can members of staff from the University join?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

Is it possible to do both swimming and water polo?

Yes, UWSWP members can do both swimming and water polo.

Should I COVID test/be vaccinated before going to trainings and socials?

If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to present a negative COVID test prior to training.

I am a beginner in swimming/water polo, will I be able to keep up with the rest?

We are a diverse and exciting club full of opportunities for people of all abilities so don't be afraid to come along.

Will trainings/competitions take place normally this year?

In line with the Student Union and the Unversity's regulations, all trainings and competitions should take place accordingly.

Swimming 🏊

I am not a competitive swimmer. Can I still join your club?

Of course! You can be any level of swimmer to join our club: We have 3 squads: Competitive, Club & Development.

Club is for those who no longer want to compete or have a strong swimming background (can swim for 1.5 hours with regular breaks). The Development Squad has a minimum requirement of being able to swim 2 lengths of Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke. You do not have to be able to swim Fly.

If you cannot meet the above criteria, we would also highly recommend the Warwick Sport Learn to Swim Programmes for adults!

When are the taster sessions being held?

  • 12:00-12:50 on Saturday the 10th October
  • 13:00-13:50 on Saturday the 10th October
  • 13:30-14:20 on Wednesday the 14th October
  • 14:30-15:20 on Wednesday the 14th October

You must book onto your preferred time by emailing [email protected].

How do you sign up for sessions?

First of all email [email protected] to express interest of the sessions you wish to attend.

Then a week in advance we will post how to book these sessions via Warwick Sport on our freshers page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/693368204728901/.

Is attendance required?

No, there are no attendance requirements. You turn up to as many or little sessions as you like. We offer the opportunity to see swimming sets in advance once you become a member so you can be flexible with which sessions you think will benefit you.

When does the swim team train?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

When does the swim team train?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

When do the swimming taster sessions take place?

No, UWSWP is a university team open exclusively to students enrolled at the University of Warwick.

Water polo 🤽

Is there a minimum number of sessions I need to attend each week?

We have no set expectations for attendance—we understand that you are all hard working students and will often have timetable clashes, so cannot make every session. What we do ask is that you attend all sessions that you can and are fit for, and that you try your best at every session.

With our new status as performance sport silver there is an expectation for our first teams and scholarship athletes to maintain high attendance.

What do I need to bring to sessions?

Everyone must have a bottle of water with them at every session, our training can be extremely strenuous! For people with long hair, you need to have a cap. Suitable water polo attire if you own it, but if not, we will try to source you one to use for matches. Goggles are advisable as we can sometimes have swim sets. (Side note: Do not bring/wear any jewellery during training and matches, and ensure you are nails are short-we run the risk of hurting each other otherwise!).

Who coaches the session?

We have our very own water polo coach called Rob, he is a brand new addition to the team as of 2020! He has coached Team GB's Junior Women's Water Polo team and was a Team GB standard player himself. We look forward to working with him throughout the season. Captains will also be present to coach alongside our coach and will also be leading sessions when the coach is not present.

Which competitions do we enter as a club?

For both men's and women's, we have a BUCS 1st team which will be competing throughout the first and second term. The men's first team also participate in the local Warwickshire league. We also have relaxed game play friendlies against other unis that we can host and participate in so there is lots of opportunity to get match play in!

Do I have to compete?

If you do not want to compete we will not force you. As we have 2 BUCS teams (women's & men's), there is less pressure if you want to slowly learn the pace of the game.

What is the selection procedure for the competitive squads?

This is currently under review but it will be a fluid process. Teams are not set in stone.

Meet the exec

This year’s exec is a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic, not to mention good looking, people who want to make your experience at UWSWP as awesome as it can possibly be. These are the people who will look out for you and will probably become some of your best friends over your years at Warwick.

So, if you ever have any questions, would like some advice, or just a general chat, they are here to help! Below is an outline of all of the positions and those who are filling them this year, as well as links to their Facebook pages. Enjoy!


Sport scholarships

Warwick Sports scholarships enable student-athletes to excel in their sport and in their academics.

The application window for 2022/23 opens on Friday, August 19th:

We are thrilled to be inviting swimming scholarship applications for national and international students. Granting numerous opportunities for you to pursue your interest in WUFF whilst maintaining your dual academic and sporting careers during your time at university. More information on the criteria can be found below:

To be eligible for the program athletes are required to meet the minimum criteria as stated on the Warwick Sport website;

  • Available for individuals competing for their county or country.
  • Awarded on an annual basis at the discretion of a panel.
  • Undergraduates, current students, and postgraduates are welcome to apply.
  • Open to both national and international students.
  • Your Sport must include a Sport England recognised governing body to be considered.

Application form (link)

Further information:

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected].


Performance sport

We are delighted to be awarded Silver Performance Sport here at Warwick University. Thus offering an environment where teams and individuals endure outstanding accomplishments as WarwickSports aids in our further development into high-performing student-athletes to maximise our student sporting experience.

Silver-tiered pathway

We are delighted to be awarded Silver Performance Sport here at Warwick University. Offering an environment where teams and individuals endure outstanding accomplishments as WarwickSports aids in our further development into high-performing student-athletes to maximise our student sporting experience.