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ASA announce new water polo coaching initiative

13th September 2011

The ASA are investing in a two-year Water Polo Coach Development programme led by former Dutch national coach Paul Metz.

Metz is credited as having laid the foundations for the Dutch women’s gold medal success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The biggest challenge for coaches is learning how to pass information to the young players.

The programme starts on Friday 9 September in Cardiff and will encompass more than 24 coaches.

It is hoped that the scheme will provide coaches with the tools they need to create strong, long term club structures, producing players that can go on to perform at a national level.

The scheme will utilise extensive online resources, as well as lectures, mentoring and practical sessions in conjunction with the talent camps for players.

Metz has worked as a trainer and a coach at all levels within the southern hemisphere and Europe. His experience also includes a brief spell within Dutch Rugby.

“I’m hoping to bring structure, new ideas and effective coaching strategies to the programme," said Metz.

“The biggest challenge for coaches is learning how to pass information to the young players.

"This project will hopefully provide them with the tools they need to pass on their knowledge and produce strong, dedicated players.”

Nick Sellwood, Head of Talent Development, said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Paul Metz, as part of our ongoing investment into water polo.

"Paul is a world leader in his field and the programme he will be delivering is part of our Olympic legacy strategy aimed at developing strong, sustainable and successful clubs.”

This investment from the ASA is in addition to the recently announced projects in Basildon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Crystal Palace, Devon, Manchester and Sheffield. The projects will focus upon the expansion of mini-polo and cadet polo at these selected development clubs over the next two years.

Craig Nicholson, Discipline Development Manager, said: “There is huge emphasis on growing the number of people participating in water polo from the grass roots.”

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