Huddersfield Otters Water Polo Club have organised a marathon 12-hour Water Polo game to raise the profile of the sport in the town. About 70 past and present Otters will play through the night at the Stadium Pool from 7pm tonight until 7am on Sunday.
– Graham Smith, Club President
Water Polo is a tremendous sport but it rarely gets the TV coverage which encourages participation. However the Olympics have provided a great TV showcase for the sport and we believe it will have inspired many people to consider Water Polo. So our Club decided to have a unique event to show what the game is all about and to highlight that we have a very vibrant Club here in Huddersfield that would really welcome new members.
Most games last under an hour and the Club believes that this could be the longest water polo game ever played anywhere in the world.
– Paul Bentley, Lifelong member
It is pretty crazy to play for so long but this demonstrates two of the key things about Water Polo – you need to be fit and it is a lot of fun. Anyone aged 9 to 90 who can swim, is prepared to train and has a competitive nature could easily end up playing for one of our four teams.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Water Polo is invited to come along on the Saturday evening to watch. There is no admission charge, although voluntary donations would be appreciated. The Club hopes to raise £1,000 for the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice.