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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 - 2015 Course Region / Location Contact
Sat 18/Sun 19 April Referee Grade D North East / Leeds Nicki Merry
Sat 30 May Regional Table Official - Postponed South East / Portsmouth Trevor Jones
Sat 6/ Sun 7 June Referee Grade D North East / Maltby, Rotherham Nicki Merry
Sat 20/ Sun 21 June Referee Grade D East/ London - Hatfield Chris Stephens
Sat 20/ Sun 21 June Regional Table Official East/ London - Hatfield Trevor Hyde
Sun 5 July Club Table Official North West/ Manchester Diane Stafford

Applying for and renewing a licence

After training you have the option to become a licensed official. The Water Polo Officials 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 Officials 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 of activity and ongoing training as part of your submission, details are included within the Renewal Application form.

Contemporary Issues

Contemporary Issues is a generic training module that has been introduced across all aquatic disciplines. It is one of the compulsory requirements for all licensed officials, and for officials renewing a licence. Officials are able to attend a face to face workshop, or complete the online CPD. The new module will up-skill and educate technical officials in the following areas:

  • Understand the need to abide by the British Swimming/ ASA Code of Ethics
  • Identify procedures for safeguarding children
  • Understand the meaning and embrace equality and diversity
  • Understand health and safety considerations
  • Raise awareness of the aquatic structure and officiating pathways within each discipline

The module can be accessed via the IoS online, and will cost £5.00. The module will take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.

Click here to find out more information.

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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