This isn't a review exactly but it's a lovely piece by
Liz Wade in her Family
Days Out Blog
Go Polo, Brentwood
CLUBS and sports are a great way to keep kids amused, including
my two, who are more than happy to spend hours at badminton
While there are lots of places to go with the kids, from
parks to pools, there are also a wide range of sporting
opportunities throughout the area that offer just as much
Not only do they help promote a healthy lifestyle, they
also teach children to work as part of a team - a great
Both Joseph and Joshua are always up for trying something
new, whether it’s scuba diving, kayaking or some high
rope action, so I thought a taster session at water polo
would be just right for them – mixing their love of
swimming and scoring goals.
We joined Go Polo at one of its Saturday sessions at St
Helen’s Junior School in Brentwood.
The junior water polo club, aimed at introducing eight
to 12-year-olds to the sport in a fun environment, runs
two breakfast clubs, an after-school club and a Saturday
While its breakfast clubs are only open to pupils at two
local Brentwood schools, its after-school and Saturday clubs
are open to anyone.
The boys were eager to get into the pool at the Saturday
club and joined the other kids for a range of warm up exercises
and skill training.
Their coaches - Dave, an experience player, coach and water
polo development officer for the area, and Nicki an experienced
swimming teacher - explained they would be concentrating
on swimming skills during the first half, before playing
a game during the second half of the session.
The boys joined straight in and found it funny trying to
push a float under the water and attempting to balance on
it with one foot.
It was then time to split into two teams - one for the
boys and one for the girls - and pass a ball backwards over
their heads as they raced to be the first across the pool
They then had to control the ball as they swam in and out
of a line of their team mates, until they reached the end
- a water version of football dribbling.
Next up was shooting skills, where they had to swim up
to one goal and shoot, before grabbing their ball again,
swimming across the pool and shooting at the other goal
on the opposite side.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the training and were pleased
to hear it was time for a game of water polo - their first
While they frowned at the funny hats they had to wear,
they did eventually get them on and joined opposite teams.
They took their places in the match and joined in, passing
to team players and trying to score goals. They even got
a chance to have a go in goal.
There was only one apparent problem they had, and that
was keeping both their hands off the ball! It seemed the
habit of throwing a ball onto a football pitch with both
hands was particularly hard to break, and led them to giggling
as they repeatedly made the error in a game where they were
only allowed to use one hand on the ball.
The boys got on very well during their first attempt at
water polo, and they thought the sport was a lot of fun.
In fact, it was nice to see all the kids, including an
even mixture of both boys and girls, thoroughly enjoying
While complete water polo beginners can try out with the
club, children wanting to take part must be able to swim
and water confident, as they will need to be able to tread
water and spend time in the deep end.
So if your kids like swimming, playing sports as part of
a team, and shooting at goals - and don’t mind wearing
funny hats in the process - then water polo may be for them.
I really like swimming so I thought water polo was really
good. We tried out all the skills, like swimming along with
the ball, shooting at the goal, and even balancing on a
float, before we took part in a match. We had to wear this
funny hat which had things that went over your ears.
Me and Joshua were on opposite teams and we both tried
scoring goals and I even got the chance to be in goal.
I really liked water polo. It was a lot of fun.
We went to this swimming pool at a school in Brentwood
and had a go a water polo. You have to be a good swimmer
to do it though, because sometimes I couldn’t touch
the floor of the pool.
I got on OK though and dribbled with the ball in the water,
tried throwing the ball at the goal and took part in some
relay games as well, when we had to compete against each
other in teams, passing the ball.
I enjoyed doing water polo and would like to do it again.