While thousands of children go through the English club structure each year, only the very best junior water polo players in England train and play for the ASA England Talent squads.
The ASA’s England Talent Water Polo Development Programme takes youngsters who have already shown promise in water polo and gives them access to quality coaching, athlete educational schemes and sports science within a training camp environment that will prepare them for future international competition.
England Talent Water Polo Squads
A National Talent Camp takes place in January every year where trials are held for the different ASA National Talent squads.
All trialists are profiled and expected to:
- Make specific swim times.
- 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 are either selected or offered areas for improvement with a possibility of a re-trial at a later date, subject to re-nomination by their Regional Training Centre.
All squads train on a monthly basis between February and June and it is envisaged they will undertake international tours. 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.
The ASA England Talent Water Polo teams are working towards the following international competitions:
- European Games 2015 – Baku, Azerbaijan (1998 Girls)
- World Junior Water Polo Championships 2015 – Merida, Mexico
- European U19 Championships 2016 – Alphen, the Netherlands (1997 Boys)
- European U19 Championships 2016 – Gouda, the Netherlands (1997 Girls)
- European U17 Championships 2017 (2000 Boys)
- European U17 Championships 2017 (2000 Girls)
Regional Training Centres
Regional Training Centres (RTCs) are a fundamental element to the overall England Water Polo National Talent Programme. Players born 1999 – 2002 will initially be invited to these sessions.
For the third and final block, the 1999s will fall out in March to allow 2003 to take part with a view to this age group attending the National Academy in August along with other year groups as highlighted above.