Huddersfield 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 a 25 metre pool with full water polo facilities and equipment.
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. Training takes place on Tuesdays (20:30 - 22:00) and Sundays (20:00 - 21:00). Huddersfield Otters also work in partnership with Kirklees Active Leisure to provide an early stages mini polo session on Sundays (19:00 - 20:00). All of these sessions are based at the John Smith’s Stadium Pool which gives us an excellent full depth water polo facility.
Coaching and training are available with the exception of where matches are scheduled.
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 1 which also competes with teams from ‘the other side of the hill’.
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, and some have attained selection for the G.B. squad.
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 water polo.
10 June 2015
Huddersfield Otters are Northern League Champions!
Huddersfield Otters Water Polo team have regained the Northern League title by triumphing in all four of their matches against some of the strongest teams in the North of England at the tournament held at Maltby Leisure Centre.
The Otters first beat Castleford 7-5, fighting back from a first half 4-1 deficit, then overthrowing previous Northern League holders City of Sheffield 8-2 and Sedgefield 5-4 before a comfortable 12-3 victory over local rivals City of Leeds.
Club Coach Dave Fell said “Huddersfield Otters have been established for almost 100 years and have been competing in the Northern League for many years.
“Our victory at the weekend is testament to the effort all players at the club have been putting in to their training and it’s great to see some of our younger players such as Haydn Wilkins, who is aged 15, regularly playing in the senior first team”.
Club President, Graham Smith, said: “The recent success is fantastic for the club and we want to encourage more players to join in our success.
“We are actively looking for strong swimmers of all ages to come and join us, previous experience of water polo is not essential.
The winning team were: Haydn Wilkins, Steve Berry, Jack Wilkins, Matt Foulds, Nick Royston, Richard Hodgson (C), Joe Carr, Ian Tracey, Josh Smith, Nick Boaz, Liam Fletcher.
President: Graham Smith
Head Coach: Jack Wilkins
Club Captain: Richard Hodgson
Junior Coach: John Littler
Junior Coach: Ian Tracey
Hon. Treasurer: Mr. R.A. Firth