ASA Water Polo Management Group announces new appointments

The ASA Water Polo Management Group has appointed six new team leaders to help drive forward water polo in England.

Following the Tunnicliffe review of the sport in January 2015, the ASA determined that its recommendations would be used as the framework for the drafting of a detailed strategic and operational plan for water polo.

This new ASA water polo plan will set out objectives for the sport and the approach to achieve these objectives for the period 2015-2018, with an outline plan for the 10 years to 2025.

All positions have been filled on a voluntary basis and I am extremely pleased with the quality of the applications received and the commitment offered by all involved – Ian Elliot

The newly formed ASA Water Polo Management Group, led by ASA Water Polo Manager Ian Elliot, is tasked with formulating the plan and will present its proposals to the ASA in October 2015.

As part of the planning process, the Group will be considering all aspects of the game including coaching development, match officials’ programs, competition structure, marketing, communication and governance of water polo in England.

The six Group team leaders announced today bring extensive business and professional expertise and all have a passion for water polo, close personal ties with the sport and a desire to see water polo flourish. Each leader will have responsibility for strategic and operational planning in their designated area.

Ian Elliot said: “All positions have been filled on a voluntary basis and I am extremely pleased with the quality of the applications received and the commitment offered by all involved.

“I believe the leaders that have been appointed have the skill and expertise to develop the sport, and will provide strong leadership, high calibre pathways and appropriate programs for all stakeholders.

“The Group is under no illusion that it will take time to revitalise English water polo, and that major changes to the structure of the sport will be required before long term strategic plans can be implemented. We look forward to working closely with all those involved in the sport in the coming weeks and months.”

Water Polo Management Group leaders

  • Phil Winstanley, Pathway Performance
  • Chris Dean, Marketing, Communication and Commercial
  • Mike Hesketh, Competition and Events
  • Mike Jukes, Workforce Development Match Officials
  • Sarah Dunsbee, Coach Education and Development
  • Simon Tinkler, Governance

Click here to find out more about the ASA Water Polo Management Group leaders.

Further appointments will be made in due course to create strong discipline-specific working parties to develop and deliver strategies.

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