History of Guildford Water Polo Club
The club was set up in 1972 by players from the Guildford area and found a home in the village of Cranleigh. The club started playing in the Surrey Waterpolo League and in 1990 and later also joined the London Waterpolo League. The club now has a 1st and 2nd team which compete in each League and their associated knockout competitions, as well as a team in a veterans (over 40s) league.
In its lifetime the club has enjoyed various degrees of success having climbed the divisions of each league.
In 1998 the club enjoyed one of its most successful seasons under Andy Disley as coach. In that season the club’s first and second teams won promotion in the Surrey League and won the London League's knockout tournament, the Referees Cup.
In 2004, coached by South African Chris Seipp, that success was equalled with promotion in the London League to Division 1, Surrey Cup (Tom Dwyer) winners and semi finalists in the Referees Cup.
Cranleigh players have achieved Surrey County honours in the Junior, over 40s and over 50s categories, as well as representing the Civil Service in competition. In addition the club has joined forces with Basingstoke and other regional clubs to enter a team in the National League.
The club no longer plays at the Cranleigh Leisure Centre but enjoyed a strong relationship with the Centre’s management and staff.
Guildford Water Polo Club is managed by a committee made up of the Chairman (Mike Clark), Treasurer (Martin Cox), Secretary (Mike Jeanes), Fixtures Secretary (Mike Clark), 1st Team Captain (Chris Ayres), Vets Captain (James McCormick), 2nd Team Captain (Alan Ramsay) and PR Officer (Trevor Tiedt). The coach position is vacant for the 2010 season - applications welcome!
Membership currently totals around 50 men of various ages who come from a far afield as Horsham, Haslemere and Woking. Unfortunately the club does not currently have a junior or ladies team.
The club was initially named Cranleigh Water Polo Club, but in 2008 the club was renamed to Guildford Water Polo Club when the club moved partly to Surrey Sports Park.