Manchester hosts Summer Festival of Water Polo

28 Jun 2010
Young water polo players are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents at a Summer Festival of Water Polo at Manchester Aquatics Centre on Saturday 3rd July.

Hosted by City of Manchester Water Polo Club, the Festival has attracted 20 team entries from 14 clubs and schools across the North, evidence of the rapidly growing interest in this challenging and exciting sport.

Some of Britain's top Men's and Women's Water Polo players, powered by British Gas, including Sean Ryder, Ed Scott and Mike Bourne will be on hand for advice and guidance and to demonstrate what it takes to reach the top. Chloe Wilcox will also be present as Manager of the Manchester High School for Girls team.

Organisers are hoping that the Festival will become an annual event on the water polo calendar, providing youngsters from 11-14yrs the chance to practice and hone their skills against a variety of teams while raising the profile of the sport among the local community and generating much needed funds for the club.

Chairman Mike Glover sees it as a key part of City of Manchester’s philosophy of promoting water polo from primary school level upwards.

“We are committed to supporting the Manchester Water Polo Development Programme and have been involved in several schemes to establish local clubs, helping out with coaching and working closely with the clubs and with Manchester City Council”, he said.

“Hopefully the Festival will help spread the word further and show what an exciting game water polo is. Kids really enjoy it, and our region is one of the best places to get involved, whether you want to do so for fun, or to be a world class player. ”

For more information on the Summer Festival of Water Polo or City of Manchester Water Polo Club please click here.

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