St John’s is one of South Africa’s premier water polo schools. The College played its first water polo match in 1928 against a touring English Public Schools team. According to school records, both teams “had only a very rudimentary knowledge of the game”. Water polo started as an inter-house sport in 1954 and our ongoing contribution to Gauteng and South African water polo is unmatched.
2011 saw the completion of phase one of the development of the water polo precinct – an international-size rim-flow pool, one of the best school water polo pools in the country. But a lack of funding at the time meant the surrounding facilities were not completed.
Approved phase two plans include improved facilities that will allow St John’s to host big derby games and tournaments, which will contribute to keeping our status as one of South Africa’s premier water polo schools.
The phase two plans entail a viewing terrace onto Endean Field, a walkway link to the Valley Pool pathway, player changing rooms (home and away), a covered time-keeping area, storerooms, a pergola, and improved spectator seating for all weather conditions.
Most of the development will be externally funded. However, the St John’s College Foundation is assisting and supporting the fundraising e orts for this project.