British Water Polo players signed by European clubs
22 October 2013
A significant number of the British Gas Women’s Water Polo Team have made the move to foreign clubs in order to gain more experience and further their playing development, as part of the GB Water Polo strategy leading into Rio 2016.
The athletes will be raising their overall game awareness and experience playing amongst other senior international players from some of the world’s best nations.
"Our athletes will benefit from playing with and against some of the strongest teams in the world," - Head coach Kostas VamvakarisThis forms part of the four year plan to Rio with the players taking part in foreign leagues for two years then coming back to be centralised from June 2014 as they look towards qualification and playing at the next Olympic Games.
The athletes are training at teams around the world including clubs in Hungary, Spain, Greece and France and British head coach Kostas Vamvakaris insists it is an exciting opportunity to further the development of the squad.
“The majority of the senior programme athletes are currently spread across the French, Greek, Hungarian and Spanish national leagues,” said Vamvakaris.
“I think this is of great benefit to the athletes as they will play with and against some of the strongest teams in the world.
“We have also provided training programmes for all the athletes which will work alongside their club training. I have already made visits to Barcelona and Lille, to watch our players in action. I plan to visit and hold regular catch-ups with each athlete to further help with their development.
“The programme will benefit from their experience and water polo knowledge during the time spent with their professional clubs. My aim is to develop new ways of thinking about water polo and I believe the combination of club and national programme training will help achieve this.”
- Francesca Clayton - ZF Eger, Hungary
- Rachel Drabble - La Latina, Spain
- Peggy Etiebet - Hungerit Szentes, Hungary
- Kathryn Fowler - La Latina, Spain
- Lisa Gibson - Mataro, Spain
- Ciara Gibson-Byrne - Mataro, Spain
- Aine Hoy - Olympic Nice Natation, France
- Rosie Morris - Olympic Nice Natation, France
- Hazel Musgrove - Ethnikos, Greece
- Jade Smith - Mataro, Spain
- Chloe Wilcox - Mataro, Spain
- Angie Winstanley-Smith - Lille UC Natation, France