Squad Coaching Team


Gerry Lay

Water Polo Coach

Started Coaching Waterpolo in Basingstoke in the late 1990’s following playing for the various guises of Basingstoke Waterpolo since the 1979… before a majority of our players today were even born….


Coached at regional level and attended National coaching programmes but enjoyed the local level coaching most happy to coach any level from those wanting to do it for fun and fitness to those who want to achieve at a higher level.


Bruce Philp

Lead Junior Water Polo Coach

Born in Zimbabwe - Immigrated to England 2013

Played 3rd team water polo Churchill Boys High Zimbabwe

2005 Zimbabwe schools girls u18 assistant coach

2006 Zimbabwe schools girls u18 coach

2016 level one water polo coaching certificate

2016 to 2020 assistant coach Bluefins

2018 /2019 South East region coach girls u16 and u14


Sporting idols: Mumammad Ali, Boxer. James Small, Sharks and Springbok wing.

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Sport Coach & Referee

Highly skilled international Water Polo coach and referee, with over thirty-year experience. Resilient in my attitude, confident in my abilities and be able to demonstrate excellent behaviour management as well as the skill to organise national championship in swimming and water polo.

Resettled in the UK 18/09/2019-present                                                                        


International Experience 

Coach of NP Club & Petrosport club Water Polo Academy - 2017 -2018, Egypt

Swimming Coach of the Aramoun Club - Summer 2013, Lebanon

Assistant coach of Ukrainian coach Gregory for the Syrian beach water Polo team participating in the Asian Championship 2010 in Oman - Oman

Coach of Al-Nidal Club in the 2008 Asian Club Championship in Kuwait - Kuwait

Assistant coach of the Ukrainian coach Iger, for the Syrian province club in the Arab Club Championship in Damascus and we got the third place in 2005 - Syria

Syrian national team player in the Arab Championship in Latakia 1992 - Syria


National Experience in Syria

Coach of the Qasioun Men's Club won the second place in the national Championship 2011

Supervisor of young age groups of water polo and swimming in Damascus

Supervisor of Syria's Water Games championship 2006 in Damascus with the Ukrainian coach Snsha

Organiser & supervisor of the school swimming teams and their championships in the Syrian Ministry of Education 2005-2011

Player of The Meslon Club, winner of the Republic Championships for youth and men 1984 to 1990

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Jake Davies

Water Polo Assistant Coach

I’m 19 years old and I have played waterpolo for 7 years, coaching for 5 of these with Bluefins waterpolo. I am a level 1 assistant coaching aspiring for my level 2