City of Manchester Water Polo Club signs landmark partnership with City Council

21 February 2012

Saturday 18 February saw Manchester City Council and the City of Manchester Water Polo Club begin a five year partnership that will help develop and promote the sport across the city.

Manchester City Council, the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and British Swimming have jointly invested in the City of Manchester Water Polo Club to encourage everyone to get involved with the sport, from absolute beginners to elite athletes.

The new partnership will see new coaching programmes being introduced across the city giving both young people and adults the opportunity to try the sport for the first time or develop their water polo skills with the chance to play more regularly.

A primary and secondary schools Water Polo League will be created along with a Manchester Water Polo Club League to encourage people to get involved with the sport and give them the chance to compete. To help the leagues develop strong sustainable community water polo clubs will be supported in Harpurhey, Moston, Wythenshawe and Gorton.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for culture and leisure, said, “This partnership will help water polo grow in the city and will ensure we not only support existing athletes but inspire a whole new wave of participants.

“The local clubs will give people who have never even considered the sport the chance to take part and compete. Manchester is a city that loves sport and I‘m sure this development will lead to the city becoming the centre of British water polo.”

David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming said: “Manchester has been a great supporter of swimming and water polo and signing this agreement today is another landmark in our journey together.

“Manchester has demonstrated how you can build better and healthier communities through sport and this has shown how using water polo in particular, a sport widely practised now in Great Britain bit one of great heritage can engage with young people who can have great fun whilst playing a tough game and keeping fit.”

Mike Glover, Chairman of the City of Manchester Water Polo Club said. "We are excited about this opportunity to increase the number of children who will be getting involved in water polo in their own neighbourhoods, which would not be possible without the support of Manchester City Council and ASA"

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