Richmond Water Polo unofficially began at a Masters swim practice over spring break 2007. During a conversation with the coach, Tim Martin was told someone named Brooks (Landes) wanted to start a Water Polo club in Richmond. After several e-mails and phone calls between Tim and Brooks to swap stories and ideas, the first organizational meeting of the Club took place at The Sports Page Bar and Grill (our unofficial watering hole). In attendance were Brooks and his wife and Will Schooley (then RWP Board Member and Youth Development Director).
Following that meeting the first practice was held at the Midlothian YMCA on May 20, 2007. Attendance was light and consisted of two balls, chairs set up on their sides as goals and 4 or 5 ‘old guys‘. Practices started out as every other Sunday and soon transitioned to every week. Through word of mouth and the web, we slowly found people. Eventually, and as a result of ‘grass roots‘ campaigning and going from pool to pool to introduce the sport, membership and participation grew to where RWP now has 30 active members.