Flying Fish Aquatics launches girls water polo club

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Flying Fish Aquatics launches girls water polo club

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Water polo at YWCA
Girls polish their water polo skills at the YWCA on October 13.

The Flying Fish Aquatics program at YWCA Evanston/North Shore has a new offering for girls ages 9-13: a water polo club.

The club meets on Sundays from noon to one pm and is geared to all levels, from beginners to experienced players. It is open to all girls, including those who are not currently part of Flying Fish Aquatics or the Flying Fish swim team.

“Water polo continues to increase in popularity,” said Pete Caragher, aquatics director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “We want to give girls in the area, including those who do not swim with us, more opportunities to learn the game.”

Water polo is a high school sport at most area high schools and Caragher said that getting girls involved in the sport earlier than high school will give them additional opportunities later. Water polo also provides another option for a fun, athletic pool activity.

“Having competitive swimming skills helps in playing water polo, but the game also requires skills like hand-eye coordination and teamwork,” he said. “We want to help girls learn these skills, and we want to offer another option for girls who want to be in the water and be active but might not want to swim competitively.”

The first session of the Flying Fish Girls Water Polo Club is underway, but the second seven-week session begins on Sunday, November 3. The cost is $75. Being able to swim is a prerequisite, but competitive swimming experience is not necessary, nor is water polo experience.

For more information, contact Pete Caragher at pcaragher@ywca-ens.org or call 847-864-8445.

Flying Fish Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the largest aquatics programs in Illinois. Learn more at  www.ywca-ens.org/flyingfish.