Water polo at decathlon
Up until now, we’ve covered academic water polo, but water polo is more than that. That’s what we’re going to see with the sport’s arrival here at DECATHLON.
Water polo here at DECATHLON is, above all, the passion of a man who was once upon a time an engineer at NABAIJI. His name is Yannick. He used to play on the French national water polo team (1990s/2000s). In 2017, he was able to gather an initial working group to lay the foundations for a specialist brand here at DECATHLON. Participants came from Spain, Italy and France. Determined to promote the benefits of the sport we’re passionate about, the ideas soon came together. Two years later, the first team dedicated to water polo was created and unveiled to our customers in-store in February 2020, under the name of WATKO.
The “wat-” is taken from “water” and the “-ko” is from “collective”, with a “k” because we can't forget that the great masters of our sport hail from Eastern Europe. From Hungary, to Serbia and even Russia, “collective” is spelt with a “K”.
Our motto: “where there’s water, there’s a game”. We uphold these values of accessibility and responsibility which are so important for DECATHLON. That means that every day, we’re working to come up with simple and fun ways to play, as well as products which are as easy to understand as possible. More than anything, we want to open our sport up to everyone, and make everyone want to play. This is because, in our vision, the sport isn’t just an academic activity. For us, water polo is, above all: water, a ball, a hand, and a drive to play and to score!
All of our products are designed and developed with these words in mind, and in the aim of moving the boundaries and sharing the joy of playing.