Warwick Water Polo scores donation from Bloor Homes local Sports Fund

A third winner of Bloor Homes’ Community Sports Fund has been announced – and it’s Warwick Water Polo! The club was formed in 1999, so has helped generations of people learn the sport, giving youngsters confidence and important life skills.

Bloor Homes invited local clubs and teams to apply for its Community Sports Fund in Warwick and Leamington Spa, with the winners receiving one of four £250 donations towards projects, equipment, or kit. The housebuilder set up the fund to strengthen links with the local community around its new development called The Asps off Banbury Road in Warwick. 

Quentin Hayes, Chair of Warwick Water Polo, said: “We’re a small club with limited funds so we really appreciate every little bit of help we can get. 

“Before the pandemic, we saw a number of our juniors go on to play polo at representative levels achieving regional, national and international recognition. We are very proud to have given youngsters the facilities to enjoy polo at whatever standard they choose to play at.

“We plan to spend the £250 from Bloor Homes on our own ‘Warwick Water Polo’ caps in the club colours. The youngsters have a lot of pride in identifying with the club and we know that it will raise their performance in the pool, whether in training or matches. 

“We’re currently using standard sets, so many of the children are having to use adult caps which don’t really fit. So a huge thank you to Bloor Homes for this donation, which will enable us to get caps which really fit.”

Michele Rose, Sales and Marketing Director for Bloor Homes’ Midlands division, said: “Warwick Water Polo is our next worthy winner – it’s a small and established club which is looking to regrow after the COVID lockdowns which limited their access to pools. We’re delighted that our donation will allow the club to purchase new swimming caps in the club colours, and hope it helps all the swimmers feel proud of their sport!”

The two winners already announced are Cleary’s Boxing Gym where the funds towards its refurbishment, chosen for its work as a hub for disadvantaged young people to have a positive experience through sport, and Harbury Hornets Walking Netball which is buying bibs for its members to use and selected by Bloor Homes as a growing club which provides a safe space for local people, encouraging anyone regardless of ability or background to get involved and find support as well as keeping active and having fun.

Anyone interested in joining Warwick Water Polo is invited to visit www.warwickwaterpolo.co.uk. Bloor Homes will announce the next winner of its Community Sports Fund shortly.