MINI POLO WIN FOR ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ TEAM
11 Jul 2009
As part of the Kellogg’s legacy programme associated with the LEN Women’s European Nations trophy water polo Championship a mini polo tournament took place on 10th July.
The six-team mini-polo tournament mirrored the different nations that are competing in the actual tournament. The teams consisted of local primary school children, some of whom will have never played mini-polo before but others are coming back to play again after competing in a similar tournament arranged during the Men’s LEN European Nations Trophy held in 2007.
The legacy programme, made possible through the support of Kellogg’s, has been designed to enthuse young people who would not normally have become involved in water polo and raise the profile of the sport in the North West.
The tournament provided a number of exciting end to end matches with all teams enjoying the atmosphere and playing well. The competing children were also boosted by the Great Britain senior women’s team who watched the closing stages of the competition and were on hand to congratulate all the players afterwards.
The children were also excited to receive their medals from five-time swimming World Champion, James Hickman.
The final came down to a close affair between Moston Lane Primary School representing Great Britain and Holy Trinity Primary School representing Croatia.
A closely fought game saw the ball going from end to end but some excellent defending from both sides saw the score kept at 0-0 for most of the match. In the closing stages the deadlock was broken as Moston Lane scored a scrambled goal to clinch a one nil victory.
Emma Mansfield Year 6 teacher at Moston Lane Primary School said “The kids have had a fantastic day. The event has been really well organised and it has been a great end to the year for our Year 6s. We have had a mini polo team at the school for about four years now and they train every week.
“We came to the mini polo event which was with the men’s tournament in 2007. We finished third then but we have been developing since then and the kids are delighted to win today.”
Norma Malecki, Teaching Assistant at the school said: “The kids have loved being here and they have all got something out of it. The school has a mini polo team and at least three of our players have gone on to play water polo outside of school.
“We train locally with Holy Trinity Primary School who we played in the final today so there was obviously a big rivalry there. They beat us in the last match we played so it was really nice to win today.”
Bruce Learner, Corporate Responsibility Manager from Kellogg’s said: “The legacy programme for the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy has encouraged many children in the Manchester area to get in the pool and try something new and fun. We are happy to be involved with the programme and hope many of the children involved go on to participate in the sport.”
Katie Brazier Director of Sponsorship for British Swimming said: “This is the third legacy programme around international events which Kellogg’s have assisted British Swimming with this year. It is great to have their support at all levels of sport making a difference to youngsters and getting them involved in sports they may not have tried before.”
1st Moston Lane Primary School (Great Britain)
2nd Holy Trinity Primary School (Croatia)
3rd Manchester High School for Girls Prep (Slovakia)
4th Beech House School (Portugal)
5th St John’s RC Primary School (Ukraine)
6th East Dunbartonshire (Switzerland)
For further details contact Esther Hope, British Swimming Marketing Officer, on 01509 632247, 07917 876459 or email email@example.com.
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