National Talent Camps
On 11 and 12 January 2014, trials will be held in Cardiff for boys and girls U14s (born 2001), U15s (born 2000) and U17s (born 1998,1999).
Players in the U15s and U17s age groups will be invited to attend both Saturday and Sunday while the U14s age groups will attend either Saturday or Sunday depending on where they live. Saturday invitees will be those living furthest away, Sunday living nearest.
All trialists will be profiled and expected to:
- Make swim times (distances and times TBC).
- Show good core skills (eggbeater leg kick, passing, shooting).
- Show a good understanding and knowledge of water polo through game play.
- Demonstrate good physical ability for the sport.
From these trials, players will either be selected or offered areas for improvement with a possibility of a re-trial at a later date, subject to re-nomination by their RTC.
Those selected will form the basis of the squads mentioned above.
- The U14s will work towards competing in European competition as U17s in 2017.
- The U15s will work towards competing in European competition as U19s in 2018.
- The U17s will work towards competing in European competition as U17s in 2015.
National Camp Dates 2014
- 11 - 12 January (Trials)
- 1 - 2 February
- 8 - 9 March
- 12 - 13 April
- 3 - 4 May
- 21 - 22 June
Furthermore, it is envisaged that these squads will undertake international tours, as agreed with the respective male and female talent leads.
July and August will be available for selected squad players to attend Millfield National Academy and/or travel abroad for an ‘end of season’ camp.
Dates for this Millfield National Academy are provisionally booked 10 - 15 August (players born 2001, 2002) and 16 - 21 August 2014 (players born 1999, 2000).
To watch a video from the 2013 Millfield National Academy, click here.
Regional Training Centres
RTCs will continue to be a fundamental element to the overall National Talent Programme. Players born 1998 - 2001 will initially be invited to these sessions.
For the third and final block, the 1998s will fall out in March to allow 2002 to take part with a view to this age group attending the National Academy in August along with other year groups as highlighted above.
To see coaching examples from previous years' RTC sessions, click here to head to our GB Junior Programme Coaching Archive.