Men’s Water Polo Management Team Announced
Tuesday 26th March 2013
British Swimming and the ASA have formalised their plan to support the men’s international Water Polo team after it was announced in December that they will no longer receive World Class Funding from UK Sport.
From April a Water Polo Management Group will take responsibility for all men’s international Water Polo, including the senior team, the junior team and the age group teams. They will also run the British Championships for men’s club sides.
David Sparkes, Chief Executive Officer said: “Both the British Swimming and the ASA Board are keen to maintain the progress made by the GB Men in the run up to London 2012 and to build on the excellent work of the talent team.
“However, given that no investment has been made through UK Sport, only limited funding will be available from the sport itself through the National Governing Body or Sport England Talent funding.
“The bold decision has been made to create a Management Group, made up of volunteers to provide the leadership to take the project forward on behalf of the Boards.”
The Management Group will be led by His Honour Judge Alan Booth and will also include the Captain of the Men’s team Craig Figes, international player Adam Scholefield and former international player and Portobello Coach Alan Anderson and Theo Nousios, Head Coach at City of Manchester Water Polo Club.
Craig Figes said: “I’m excited about being part of this group. It is a transitional time for the men’s team having lost our funding at the end of last year but we see this as an opportunity to get back on track to get the standard of the game in the UK back to where it needs to be.
“My role will be to liaise with the men’s team and plan for the short term. We have the LEN European Championships qualifier tournaments coming up next month and again in July so we’ll be looking to plan those, in terms of staffing, training and performance.
“Long term it will be about using all of our collective knowledge and experiences to strategically plan the entire pathway for the men’s game to reinvigorate it through all levels and improve our performances as a nation in the future.”
Sparkes continued: “With two members of the Olympic team leading the sport forward, there is a real opportunity to engage with the players who had the benefit of such major investment leading up to the Olympics and to give real energy to the project. The Boards recognise that the group will need the full backing of the sport and all of its volunteers to make this project a success.”
Graeme Thompson, the new National Performance Director for Water Polo will provide leadership support to the group.
For the upcoming LEN European Qualifying matches Paul Metz will be the Acting Head Coach, Tim Kendall the Assistant Coach and Tim Dunsbee is the Team Manager.