HUDDERSFIELD Otters are enjoying fantastic success.
The Galpharm and Sports Centre-based water polo club are Yorkshire Champions, Northern League champions and Northern League Knockout winners.
And, with their trophy cabinet bursting at the seams, the Otters will make a decision next season whether to move up to the National League for the first time since the 1970s.
It’s an exciting prospect for the 50-plus playing members (around 20 seniors and 30 juniors), and the club have been buying the poolside timing and scoring equipment needed to make the step up.
Club spokesman Adrian Firth explained: “We’ve had an exceptionally good season against clubs from across the county and across the North of England.
“Huddersfield Water Polo Club has been here over 100 years but, this season, we’ve done superbly well winning the Yorkshire League, the Northern League and the knockout.
“The next level up for us would be the National League, which includes the very top teams from all over the UK playing in three different divisions and, because the league spans some far flung places, they play at weekends.
“Our main aim out of the pool has been to purchase a set of clocks for the poolside which would allow us to play at a higher level, and these are around £2,000 a go.
“We’ve had various donations and grants and been fundraising ourselves and, hopefully during next season, we will make a choice whether to go up to the National League or stay in the Northern.”
The club train on Friday nights at Huddersfield Sports Centre and on Tuesday’s at the Galpharm, with members coming under the expert tuition of coach Paul Bentley.
A number of members have done so well they’ve been selected for Yorkshire and North Eastern Counties. And goalkeeper Josh Smith is part of the Olympic train-on squad for London 2012.