The ASA Water Polo Management Group, led by the ASA Water Polo Manager Ian Elliot, is pleased to announce the conclusion of initial recruitment to the Group with the appointment of 6 team leaders.
Following the Tunnicliffe review of the sport in Jan 2015, the ASA determined that its recommendations would be used as the framework for the drafting of a detailed strategic and operational plan for water polo. The new ASA water polo plan will set out objectives for the sport, and the approach to achieve the same for the period 2015-2018, with an outline plan for the 10 years to 2025.
In the short term, the newly formed Water Polo Management Group is tasked to formulate that plan and present its proposals to the ASA in October 2015. As part of the planning process and following the Tunnicliffe review, the Group will be considering all aspects of the game including coaching development, match officials’ programs, competition structure, marketing, communication and governance of water polo in England.
The 6 Group team leaders announced today bring extensive business and professional expertise to the planning process, and include business leaders, legal and other professionals, and experts in water polo and other performance sports. All the team leaders have a passion for water polo, close personal ties with the sport, and a desire to see water polo flourish. Each leader will have responsibility for strategic and operational planning in their designated area.
The ASA are now recruiting for both our National Youth Forum and our National Volunteer Forum. If you’re confident, passionate and have a desire to make a difference to the aquatic volunteering world, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you!
The National Youth Forum and the National Volunteer Forum are groups of proactive volunteers from across the country who come together to feed into the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team. The Forums allow for relevant and rewarding programmes, resources and opportunities to be devised for volunteers, creating a greater feeling of ownership and therefore helping to retain our volunteers in aquatics.
City of Manchester completed a fantastic achievement for the club when the U19 boys and girls teams both won their respective competitions.
City of Manchester secured a second ASA National Age Group Water Polo title for 2015 after beating Croydon Amphibians 5-4 in the Boys’ U19 final at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Having watched their female counterparts win gold in the Girls’ U19 final, the Manchester boys produced a stirring performance to land gold, recovering from 3-1 down to ultimately seal their fourth title with a 5-4 win.Aaron Winstanley scored the winner for Manchester, who also survived a man-down with just 34 seconds left on the clock and Manchester captain Rob Gourley admitted it was the perfect way for the older members of the squad to sign off from age group competition.
“It was a great game,” said Gourley. “To be two goals down in the last game we’re ever going to play together and then for Aaron to score that penalty in the last quarter, especially with the home support behind us, we couldn’t have won it any better way.
“I think that’s the third time this group has won a NAG title so to do it in our last match was great and you could see how much it means to us by how we celebrated.”
The ASA and the RNLI are looking for volunteers and swimming teachers to deliver Swim Safe 2015 at a number of locations across the UK including Boscombe this summer.
This is the third successive year that Swim Safe has run across the UK’s beaches and lakes, with the 2013/14 programme seeing over 6,000 children take part and learn how to be safe in different water environments.
The programme offers free improver swimming sessions and beach and water safety advice for children aged 7-14. Most young people learn to swim in an indoor pool which is a safe and familiar environment.
Check out the Swim Safe volunteering video below:
Registration for exclusive access to tickets for the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2016 is now available following the launch of the event’s dedicated website.
The qualifying window for the British Summer Swimming Championships and associated home nation summer competitions will open on Friday 13th March.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance are now accepting nominations for their annual awards, which recognise recreational organisations, bodies and clubs for the work they do in their communities – and there are cash prizes up for grabs!
Category award winners will receive a cheque for £1,000 while the overall winner will receive a prize of £2,500.
The ASA announces a brand new awards cermony: The ASA Aquatics Awards 2015.
The latest version of the British Swimming Disqualification Report, incorporating the recent changes to FINA Rules, is now available to download.
2015 Open Water Swimming Festival incorporating the ASA North West Region and ASA North East Region Championships, PSUK Championships; Cheshire County WPSA Championships and Lancashire County WPSA Championships will be held on Sunday 21st June at the Watersports Centre, Salford Quays.