Talent and Performance Pathway

In line with the ASA’s National Water Polo initiatives, the Region has implemented the following pathway as requested by the National Water Polo Management Board.

There are four levels to the National Performance Pathway:

Level 1 = Club Programme - will underpin the Academy Programme and be the main stay of training for all athletes.

Level 2 = Academy Programme - this is the first step onto the talent pathway, which is made up of two stages:

  1. Regional Academy - monthly training within the Region
  2. National Academy - quarterly training alongside National Squad weekends

Regional Academy: This is a monthly traiining programme where players train as part of a regional squad. Training sessions will be delivered by the Region and will include 1.5 hours of water time alongside at least 90 minutes' land training. Funding for these sessions will come from the athletes and backed up by the Region when needed if possible. Cost will be £5 per session.
NB: It has also been decided by the Region to keep the Friday night sessions running as part of the Regional Academy Programme at Djanogly, Northampton and Walsall and these will become the Regional Satellite Centres that feed into the monthly Regional Academy Programme for players born 2001,2002, 2003 and 2004. Prices per term vary at each centre.

Selection to the Regional Satellite Centres is as follows:

Djanogly - Friday 16th September Land 20.00hrs Pool 20.30hrs - 22.00hrs. Contact Melanie Goose waterpolo@asaem.org.uk

Walsall - Friday 9th & 16th September at 18.15hrs - 19.45hrs. Contact Gary Tonks waterpolo@asaem.org.uk

Northampton - Friday 16th September from 18.00hrs. Times vary on age. Contact Jon Lane waterpolo@asaem.org.uk

National Academy: This is the next step attended by selected athletes alongside the Regional Programme. NB Any athletes selected as part of the National Squads Programme are not eligible to be part of the National Academy Programmes, which will ensure a wide bas of talent selection. There will be 3 sessions a year and are by invitation only. Catering for players just below the England Programmes.

The National Academies will run as follows:

  • Four squads - U14 boys, U14 girls, U16 boys, U16 girls

Level 3 = The National Squad Programme - this is for players selected to train with the England Squad under 17, under 19 or Senior squads.

Level 4 = Team GB - competing in formal international competition.

Please contact Sarah Dunsbee waterpolo@asaem.org.uk or Karina Peters by email to waterpolo@asaem.org.uk if you have any specific questions.

Midland and local training dates

Regional Academy Training for 2016/17

STC - Satellite Training Centre (Walsall, Djanogly, Northampton)
RA - Regional Academy
NA - National Academy
IR - Inter-Regional

Day and date Venue Session time Age
Fri 9th Sept
(trial for Walsall STC)
Walsall 18.15 Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Fri 16th Sept (trial)
(No 1 STC) 

STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sun 25th Sept (RA) Northampton 11.00-13.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 25th Sept (RA) Northampton 13.00-15.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Fri 23rd Sept
(No 2 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 30th Sept
(No 3 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 7th Oct
(No 4 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 14th Oct
(No 5 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 21st Oct
(No 6 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sun 23rd Oct (RA) Walsall 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 23rd Oct (RA) Walsall 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Fri 28th Oct
(No 7 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 4th Nov
(No 8 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 11th Nov
(No 9 STC)
STCs  Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fri 18th Nov
(No 10 STC)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sat/Sun 26th/27th Nov
(RA Comp TBC)
TBC TBC TBC
Sat/Sun 3rd/4th Dec
(IR Girls Comp)
Walsall   2003
Sun 18th Dec (RA) Walsall 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 18th Dec (RA) Walsall 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Sat/Sun 7th/8th Jan
(NA TBC)
TBC TBC TBC
Fri 13th Jan - 17th Mar 
(10 STC sessions)
STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sun 22nd Jan (RA) Northampton 11.00-13.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 22nd Jan (RA) Northampton 13.00-15.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Sun 19th Feb (RA) Walsall 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 19th Feb (RA) Walsall 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Sat/Sun 25th/26th Feb
(RA Comp)
TBC TBC TBC
Sun 19th Mar (RA) Nottingham Uni 10.00-12.00 Players born 2001 and younger
Fri 24th Apr - 39th Jun                 (10 STC sessions) STCs Various Players born 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Sun 30th Apr (RA) Walsall 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 30th Apr (RA) Walsall 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Sat/Sun 6th/7th May (NA) TBC TBC TBC
Sun 21st May (RA) Northampton 11.00-13.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 21st May (RA) Northampton 13.00-15.0- Players born 2001, 2002

Sat/Sun 27th/28th May (RA Comp)

TBC TBC TBC
Sun 25th June (RA) Nottingham Uni 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 25th June (RA) Nottingham Uni 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
Sun 23rd July (RA) Nottingham Uni 10.00-12.00 Players born 2003 and younger
Sun 23rd July (RA) Nottingham Uni 12.00-14.00 Players born 2001, 2002
26th - 30th Aug (NA) TBC TBC TBC
30th Aug UK School Games  TBC TBC U16 yrs

 

 

 
 

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