The Water Polo Performance Squad caters for the top players in both the Men's and Women's squads providing them a more advanced training programme to better prepare for the challenges of a tough season. Typically, a player in the Water Polo Performance Squad will have played prior to their arrival at the University or have progressed to become a regular in match day squads. The Performance Squad train every day of the week, across 11.5 hours of pool time and an extended gym programme including weight-based sessions and a weekly circuit training session.
The Water Polo Performance Squad is proudly working in partnership with Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club's highly successful Water Polo set up.
Training with Lancaster City involves 4 combined weekly sessions based at Lancaster City's Salt Ayre Leisure Centre giving the squad members the opportunity to train alongside one of Britain's most successful clubs and holder of 12 National and 9 British Water Polo titles. Lancaster City is also home to four London 2012 Olympians and four Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletes.
The partnership is led by LUSWP Head Coach, Marc Robinson, and Lancaster City Head Coach, Andrew Wilson, and they work together to prepare the Men's and Women's Water Polo teams for the core university competitions. Each year the Men's and Women's team enter the BUCS League and Cup competitions, the UPolo tournament, the Roses Varsity and both competitive and friendly fixtures for the University and Lancaster City. The Water Polo Performance Squad is also supported with sports science guidance.
Performance Squad Training Hours: Monday (Swim Fitness): 06:45 - 07:45 (Salt Ayre) Tuesday: 20:00 - 22:00 (Salt Ayre) Wednesday: 12:15 - 13:15 (University) Thursday (Swim Fitness): 06:45 - 07:45 (Salt Ayre) Friday: 19:30 - 22:00 (Salt Ayre) Saturday (Land Circuits): 15:30 - 16:30 (University) Saturday: 17:00 – 18:00 (University) Sunday: 18:30 - 20:30 (University) N.B. Training hours do not include the gym and strength and conditioning programme