Water polo at South African schools has recently become very popular - at both boys and girls schools. There was a limited inter-schools league with players mostly competing in local club competitions, which fed the annual inter-provincial schools water polo tournament.
In 2016 the 42 annual SA Schools water polo tournament was held in Durban. Natal under 19 won the boys trophy with Gauteng girls winning their under 19 trophy. Western Province won 7 of the 10 age group trophies.
Today some schools boast up to seven polo teams, with multiple pools on their school grounds. Girls have also taken up the sport in a big way, with a national side competing overseas regularly.