Water Polo Development Plans

Information on Water Polo development plans.

Regional Training Centres are at Pyramids Leisure Centre, Heavitree Road, Exeter and GL1 Gloucester Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DT .

You can contact Exeter Regional Training Centre Administrator Jayne Turl by emailing exeter.rtc@hotmail.co.uk.

Demonstration video from Mikasa of Hungarian heavyweight ball (5m 30s flashplayer required to view)

Swim 21 / British Gas Club Grants - Apply now

Swimming clubs around the country are again being offered the chance to grab a grant worth up to £1,000 courtesy of British Gas.

Download and unzip file below for application form and criteria for Club applications. Note submission dates.

£1,000 was awarded in the September 2011 round to Paignton Swimming Club to help pay for Water Polo coaching courses, for existing and volunteer coaching staff.

Doug Litt, Head Coach of the Junior and Ladies Water Polo sections at Paignton Swimming Club said, “This funding will allow us to harness the enthusiasm and drive of these volunteers and really push forward with developing a more structured coaching environment to provide our young players with sessions that are better tailored to meet their needs.

“This money will provide the kick start that is required to really move Water Polo forward at Paignton Swimming Club, allowing our players to grow and progress along a more clearly defined development pathway.”

Successful applications from south west Clubs in Sep 11:

  • Paignton
  • Newton Abbott
  • Tornadoes South Dorset
  • Swim Bournemouth

ASA announce new water polo coaching initiative

The ASA are investing in a two-year Water Polo Coach Development programme led by former Dutch national coach Paul Metz.

Metz is credited as having laid the foundations for the Dutch women’s gold medal success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


The biggest challenge for coaches is learning how to pass information to the young players.


The programme starts on Friday 9 September in Cardiff and will encompass more than 24 coaches.

It is hoped that the scheme will provide coaches with the tools they need to create strong, long term club structures, producing players that can go on to perform at a national level.

The scheme will utilise extensive online resources, as well as lectures, mentoring and practical sessions in conjunction with the talent camps for players.

Wanted: Teams of Young Games Makers to make the Games happen!

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced the start of the Young Games Maker (YGM) programme for 16-18 year olds, which will provide up to 2,000 volunteering opportunities for young people during the Games.

The programme will support LOCOG’s commitment to inspire young people to choose sport and leave a volunteering legacy. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young volunteers to be a part of the greatest show on earth whilst at the same time learning new skills, gaining experience and making new friends.

The programme will provide opportunities for 16 – 18 year olds to be involved across a number of sports including Swimming, Paralympic Swimming and Water Polo. The first of these programmes to be launched is for Water Polo – Ball Retrievers. Further opportunities for Swimming and Paralympic swimming will follow on 22 September 2011.

At this time LOCOG is inviting organisations affiliated to the ASA, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales who are able to provide a team of young volunteers (and team leaders) to apply for specialist roles specifically for Water Polo.

Water Polo funding boost for Plymouth Life Centre

The Plymouth Life Centre has been chosen as one of only three projects in the country to receive funding from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to support water polo players from across the South West.

The English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming and synchronised swimming is putting £40,000 towards the ‘Club and Coach’ project in Devon over the next two years.

The aims of the project are to develop the profile of water polo through improved access to pools for both training and competitions and establish one water polo club in Plymouth, available to both senior and junior teams.

The project will support water polo clubs across Devon including Exeter, Devonport Royal, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Barnstaple, as well as Plymouth and Exeter Universities.

ASA South West Water Polo Committee Management Plan 2011 to 2012

Download file for details of how Region intends to

  1. Develop Mini Polo
  2. Link in with Schools
  3. Develop a Network of Swim21 Clubs
  4. Establish a Network of Performance Pathway Clubs
  5. Develop its Workforce
  6. Deliver its Competition Programme
  7. Utilise Equipment
  8. Run Regional Development Sessions

Water Polo Development Club funding

At the National Water Polo conference in Loughborough on Saturday 29 January 2011, Nick Sellwood, Head of Talent Development, announced a 2 year funding initiative into four water polo programmes within England.

This funding is available to any ASA club and identification of the successful programmes will be made from the application forms and follow up questioning. The closing date for these applications is Friday 25 February 2011 and the clubs have been urged to forge partnerships with the ASA regions, other clubs and agencies in order to demonstrate a sustainable business.

Please circulate to your discipline committees, clubs and any other potentially interested partners. Click to download copy of the application form and basic information.

If you require more information on the application process please contact Norman Leighton on 0791 9051703 / norman.leighton@swimming.org for further guidance.

All applications need to be returned by the closing date either via email to Julie.Wileman@swimming.org or posted, marked for the attention of Julie Wileman, The ASA, England Talent – Floor 3, SportPark, Pavilion 3, Oakwood Drive, Loughborough. LE11 3QF

Hungarian Water Polo National League Video Diary 3

Watch the latest behind-the-scenes video of the Great Britain Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, from their adventure in the Hungarian National League.

GB player Rachel Drabble directs the action from the squad's last visit to Hungary of 2010.

Click play below for exclusive interviews and match clips as well as a unique dancing showpiece from Robyn Nicholls and Vicky Bowen.

Register for the free Water Polo Conference

Saturday 29 January 2011 - ASA / British Swimming offices in SportPark, Loughborough University, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3QF

The ASA / British Swimming Water Polo conference is your chance to help shape the future of the sport in Britain.

The conference aims to build on the Water Polo Action Plan that was developed during the last Conference and will give you the opportunity to listen to some of the key people involved in British Water Polo today.

Guest speakers will include David Sparkes - British Swimming/ASA Chief Executive, Joanna Wray- British Water Polo Programme Manager, Cristian Iordache - Great Britain Men's Coach, Nick Hume and Csaba Rull England Talent and Great Britain Junior Coaches

ASA South West Region Water Polo Newsletter Jan 2011

This edition features a quick run down on what the Regional Water Polo Committee is doing as well as a summary of last year's and current competitions.

Please remember to return your club questionnaires if you haven't already done so!

Information request to help support a legacy for water polo post 2012

Please download and unzip the file below for a letter from ASA Water Polo Chair, Alan Booth, and an accompanying questionnaire.

This information request has already been sent to club contacts for the men’s teams in Division 1 & 2 and the women’s teams in Division 1 of the British League. Regional Water Polo Groups have been asked to collect data from their clubs. It is hoped to have responses before the Water Polo Conference in January.

We welcome your input and look forward to your reply.

Fred Fowler, ASA SW Water Polo Committee Chairman (07917 105919 fred@fowler.gb.com) would appreciate a copy of your completed questionnaire to assist regional committee planning and to assist him in representing South West region at national level.

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