Parkland Water Polo Club was formed in 1999 and incorporated as a Society in 2004.We exist to develop and promote the sport of water polo in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Parkland County, Edmonton and Surrounding Areas. To that end, we arrange practices, procure pool times, organize trips and play inter-club games and tournaments. The Club was created so that players could experience community water polo, develop water polo skills and have fun. We maintain affiliations with the Alberta Water Polo Association and Water Polo Canada.
Typical player ages range from seven to thirteen, but we’ve had players as young as six. We love the game, and our mission is to grow the sport. We strive to build self-esteem, character, teamwork, and a strong work ethic, and we encourage all players to apply these values to all aspects of their lives.
Early in a player’s development, the focus is on learning skills, building fitness, teamwork and having fun. As players develop, there are opportunities available for them to play at a high competitive level. Through commitment and training, players can have the chance to play at international tournaments and on provincial and national teams. Also, water polo is played extensively at Canadian and U.S. universities and colleges. These institutions are always looking for dedicated and talented players and scholarships may be available.
“What once started out as a hobby, water polo soon became the foundation for my future as an athlete and opened so many doors as I began looking into my university career. A sport I loved as a kid became a sport I was passionate about as an adult. Through my scholarship to Sonoma State University, I was able to travel across the US playing a sport I love while studying a degree that met my career goals.” - Kennedy Fald, Spruce Grove
- That every player can become a better player – our highly trained, experienced, and the enthusiastic coaching staff is dedicated to helping each player achieve their full potential.
- In building strong relationships with our families – our club has a strong tradition of family involvement. We rely heavily on families to support their players and we rely heavily on families to support the Club.
- In building positive relationships between our swimmers – older swimmers in our club are leaders to the younger players. Many past Polo Bears report making friendships that have lasted well beyond the season and the pool!
The water polo “season” starts as soon as the annual Tri-Leisure swimming pool renovations are completed. This is generally in mid-September. The season runs to the end of March or early-April.
To provide training appropriate to skill and maturity levels, the Club has three different age categories (see annual Registration Package for equivalent birth years):
U8 (2012 & later)
Players are introduced to the game with a program designed for younger athletes who have completed the three levels of the Swim Like a Dolphin Program. These athletes will be in the pool two times per week. Athletes born after 2011 will be placed in this program at the discretion of the coaches.
U10 (2010 & 2011)
Players are introduced to the game with a program designed for younger athletes. The focus is on learning the game and developing basic skills. These players will be in the pool three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) for 1 hour. Our team plays in the Northern AB Water Polo League and games are typically on Saturdays and Sundays.
U12 (2008 & 2009)
Players work on skill development. The focus is on developing more advanced skills. These players will be in the pool three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) for 1.5 hours and there may be dry land training and additional games. Our team plays in the Northern Alberta Water Polo League and the Alberta Provincial League with games typically occurring on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season.
U14 (2006 & 2007)
We are accepting U14 players for the season in the city league non-competitive play.