Performance sport - Water Polo

Water Polo

The UWE Water Polo provision is forever expanding with both a Mens and Womens team competing in BUCS. The club welcomes all standards beginners to senior international players.

UWE Bristol are partnered with Bristol Central Water Polo who is one of the National Centres of Excellence in the UK. They are 3 times National League and 5 times British Champions contributing to high quality coaching and training for UWE Bristol students and an opportunity for the best players to compete in the Bristol & West Water Polo League (BWWPL).


The club train at Horfield Leisure Centre and the University of Bristol. Bristol Central train at Hengrove Leisure Centre. The club train twice a week which is supported by the Centre for Sport and the Students' Union with additional opportunity for players at the elite end with Bristol Central.

Training and Competition

The UWE Men 1st team currently compete in the Western 1A tier of BUCS Championship. The Womens 1st team also compete in the Western 1A tier of BUCS Championship with all fixtures on Wednesday’s.

Sunday – 16:30-18:30 University of Bristol
Monday – 21:00-22:30 Horfield Leisure Centre

Additional Training through Bristol Central Water Polo

Coaching Team

The coaching provision is in partnership with Bristol Central and mentored by Craig Figes (Olympian and UWE Bristol Graduate). The club provide additional coaching from within utilising the expertise of the players.

Craig Figes – UWE Water Polo Head Coach
Craig was born and grew up in Bristol with a family history of international swimmers, synchronised swimmers and water polo players. He was 8 when joining Bristol Central and first competed nationally at swimming but enjoyed water polo. At age 13 Craig was selected to play GB U20s being the youngest player ever at the level. His career as a professional athlete has spanned nearly 20 years with more than 450 times representing GB  and captaining TeamGB from 2004-2013 with the pinnacle captaining TeamGB at the London Olympic Games in 2012. 

Through the success of playing Craig has engaged with coaching the Bristol Central Beacon Head Coach, the U17 Great Britain Team and the GB and England mens assistant coach.


Craig Figes
Representative-England and Great Britain
Achievements- Olympics 2012, Commonwealth Games 2010

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