19th January 2017
In the lead up to the European Water Polo qualifiers six boys from the North East Region have been training once a month together in Manchester, along with other athletes coming from all over the country and in one case Spain with the aim of making the Great Britain Team.
John Stephenson, the North East Water Polo Manager said ''The commitment of these players is superb with balancing school work and the amount of training they complete each week, they are a credit to themselves and the sport''.
''These boys have been training hard for a large part of their lives with the ultimate goal of representing their country and becoming the first boys to qualify for the European Water Polo Championships in over 10 years. All camps are self-funded; competitions and kit all come from the pocket of the player and their families due to limited resources.''
The athletes are hoping with support to make it to the European Water Polo Championships in September. If you area able to and would like to support the North East athletes, please click here.
15th December 2016
Congratulations to the U14 Boys North East Region Water Polo team who were runners up at the Inter Regional Championships last weekend.
Full details of the event can be found by following the link: http://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/asa-inter-regional-championships-live/
November 28th 2016
A Level 2 Coaching Water Polo Course has been scheduled to take place in the North East region as follows:
Venue: Maltby Pool, Rotherham S66 8JE
Dates: Online work commences 3rd March 2017. Face to Face teaching dates 21st (evening) 22nd, 23rd April (daytime), 5th (evening) and 6th May (daytime) 2017.
Cost: £450 per candidate, reduced from £695 per candidate.
Note that the online work in substantial. Candidates will need to make sure that they dedicate time within the 6 weeks to do this and make changes based on feedback provided.
To download a course poster, please click here: pdf Blended L2 Water Polo Coaching Course, Maltby Leisure Centre, March and May 2017 (95 KB>)> .
October 18th 2016
The ASA, in partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sports, has launched a brand new university programme. Designed to increase the number of water polo players and establish stronger relationships with universities.
The University Water Polo (UWP) Programme will empower students to develop water polo at their University, through financial investment and dedicated support. As such, the programme will benefit the university’s water polo club, the local water polo community and the student themselves.
Especially relevant is the valuable experience that the student will gain in sport development and project management. This represents just one of the benefits offered in exchange for developing water polo and creating a new student workforce. Also included in the benefits package is a club grant, bespoke training and dedicated staff support from a leading NGB.
In addition to the Programme experience, students will be offered other volunteer placements with the ASA. Therefore any university students with a passion for developing sport or a keen interest in water polo, should apply to become a ‘University Water Polo Officer’.
All UWP Officers will be supported to write an action plan, focused on growing water polo at their University. Furthermore, these plans will include actions to link with the local community for the benefit of the wider sport. These UWP Officers are water polo club committee members of the future and are an exciting addition to the sport.
Further information on the University Water Polo Programme can be found on the BUCS website here: UWP Programme or on the ASA Water Polo Hub.
July 12th 2016
On the weekend the U16 Boys Water Polo team travelled to Millfield School in Somerset to compete in the Inter-Regional Water Polo championships. The top 4 teams at the competition were very competitive and the title could have gone to anyone on the day.
The group stage consisted of 2 x 7 minute matches with the North East boys winning 7 out of the 8 matches:
North East 9 - 4 Midlands
North East 7 - 5 South East
North East 3 - 9 North West
North East 8 - 2 Wales
North East 7 - 2 East.
This meant they finished second in their group and subsequently found themselves up against the South West competing for a place in the final. This was a very close encounter which saw them lose at the last minute, 11-10.
After a short rest, the team then competed in the Bronze medal match against a very physical London side, which saw them come up short losing out 10 - 6 and coming 4th overall in the championships. On another day, the team would have been in the final match and this is their aim when this age group comes round again. Many congratulations to the team for their efforts and results at the competition, you should be proud of what you achieved.
North East U16 Water Polo Boys Team:
George Jackson – Rotherham
Sam Swainson – Rotherham
Miles Robinson – Sheffield
Michael Hampshire – Sedgefield
Billy Walker – Leeds
Oscar Kelly – Sheffield
Ben Stephenson – Sedgefield
Arshia Keyghobadi – Sheffield
Alastair Horn – Leeds
Morley Goulding – Sheffield
Connor Charles - Sheffield
MVP - George Jackson
Top Goal Scorer: Ben Stephenson 23 Goals