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Officials: Getting Involved

Welcome to the officials section for water polo. On this page you’ll find information on training and licensing of officials. For current officials, appointments, and rules use other pages in this section.

Click to learn about the pathway to become a water polo officialTraining and licensing

To better understand the route to becoming a water polo official click the arrow right to download our 'pathways' document.

One thing you will need to become a water polo official is relevant training. The following courses are currently scheduled (this list is updated regularly throughout the year):

Date Course Region/ Location Contact
Fri/ Sat 3-4 October Referee Grade D Dundee, Scotland

Ross Elder


Sat/ Sun 4-5 October Regional Table Official Dundee, Scotland

Ross Elder


Sun 16 November Regional Table Official East Midland Region - SportPark, Loughborough

Jane Campbell jane.campbell@swimming.org


Applying for and renewing a licence

After training you have the option to become a licensed official. The Water Polo Official Licence demonstrates your competence as an official and it also helps the ASA to ensure the sport of Water Polo benefits from the highest possible standards.

Administered by the Institue of Swimming (IoS), the Official Licensing scheme helps demonstrate that officials have undertaken education or training to ensure they are up to date with their knowledge.

Click here for more information on the licensing scheme.

To apply for your first licence you will need a passport-sized photograph. the licence costs £10 and lasts for four years.

To renew a licence you will need to provide evidence as part of your submission, details are included within the Renewal Application form.

I want to set up an officials training course

  • Contact Julie Thompson in the first instance (this is to avoid duplication and to avoid the double booking of tutors)
  • Read about the ASA guidelines on organising an officials training course here
  • Download an Application Form to get approval for organising a Water Polo officials training course here
  • For a step by step guide on what to do to organise a Water Polo officials training course click here
  • Data Protection: all newly qualified officials should be advised to complete and return this form
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