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WATER POLO STRATEGY – your chance to contribute
Following the withdrawal of World Class funding from the Great Britain programme earlier this year, the ASA has commissioned Neil Tunnicliffe of Wharton Consulting to conduct an independent review of water polo with a view to formulating a strategy for the sport which can plan its future development making best use of the resources available to it.
As part of the agreed methodology, we would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have their say on the different aspects of water polo, and the opportunities and options available to it over the next few years. An online questionnaire has therefore been devised to capture your input, and this can be accessed by following the link below:
The questionnaire should take no more than 30 minutes to complete, and the closing date will be Friday 21 November 2014. Please be sure to make your views known before that date: this is a very significant project for the future of water polo in this country, and it is therefore important that as many people contribute as possible. In order to help achieve the best outcomes, please be entirely open and honest in your answers, as all feedback to the ASA will be in summary form and anonymised. Please also be assured that there are no foregone conclusions implied in any of the questions about the future. Thank you in advance for your support and assistance.
Please note that the role of Wharton Consulting is focused on this national level review. We are unable to enter into correspondence on individual or club matters.
England Talent Water Polo Programme 2015
Explanatory note from Neal Rayner:
"For those of you that have kids interested in trialling for and making GB squads you'll have to be part of the England Talent set up, information linked below. As British Swimming no longer provides any funding for this and all funding comes from the ASA and players, it has been re-named to England Talent again and the England Talent Director, Norman Leighton, has welcomed our participation.
Trials will not be held as in the past. This year you will need to be recommended to the ASA squad coaches for a trial and you should contact Brian Campbell or Neal Rayner if you / your child would like to trial. I will say that overall they look for certain qualities in GB players though each squad's coaches make the final decisions. Some of those qualities for international play are exceptional swim speed and fitness, game awareness, size, and scoring ability against strong competition. Historically, great keepers, very tall players and left handed players are often in a stronger position to make the cut because there is sometimes a lack of these players in Britain. Players should obviously be completely committed to their training and improvement and have been attending academies where possible in order to get a recommendation from Brian or myself. Typically, only the top one or two from Scottish Squads make the cut as it's very competitive."
England Talent Water Polo Programme 2015 - PDF file
Scottish Cup Final date
A big day for Scottish waterpolo, the Scottish Cup Final for Men
will be held on 14 Dec from 12.30 to 3pm at NSA Stirling.
Finalists still to be determined from semi finals of Dunfermline v Warrender and Portobello v Edinburgh University
Caledonia Boys Team for ASA Age Group Champs.
Good luck to the Caledonia boys team in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Water Polo Champs 2014 (U15/2000+). ‘Caledonia’ team has been entered with players from Warrender, Dunfermline and Portobello
This U15 competition will be held at Manchester Aquatics Centre, as a round robin tournament. The Boys competition will be held on Saturday 25 October. The match schedule will be announced once all entries are in.
The full Squad is:
Adam Heywood, Lewis Barrow, Lewis Pritchett, Jonathon Roberts, Rhuari Stuart, Domanique Zahra, Joseph O'Boyle, Fedor Gorobets, Rowan Gallacher, John McKenzie (all Warrender BC)
Ben Scott (Portobello ASC)
Thomas Cameron, Craig Stewart (Dunfermline WPC)
Coach is Jean-luc Zahra with Nick Barrow as Team Manager.ASA U15 Programme
Free Water Polo Sessions - Glasgow
As part of our Reg Education Week FREE WATERPOLO sessions available 4-6pm 23-24 Oct at Tollcross Call 0141 276 8282