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Manchester to continue as training base for water polo talent squads

Manchester will continue to be the training base for the national water polo talent squads through to 2020, Swim England and Manchester City Council announced today.

The agreement, which is an extension of the current contract, sees the nation’s finest water polo players at U17, U19 and senior level, train across three of the city’s venues, including the world-leading Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP).

Following a meeting between representatives of Swim England and the city council last week, George Wood, Sports Development Director at Swim England said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Manchester City Council, ensuring that our national squads have access to world class training facilities.

“Swim England is grateful for the support of the city council and wider stakeholders for water polo and we look forward to continued collaboration for the benefit of the sport.”

‘Recognised as best location’

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, welcomed the announcement.

He said: “We are pleased that Swim England continues to recognise Manchester as the best location to base its water polo talent squads and to act as a host to prestigious domestic and international stage events.  We have established a strong working relationship and look forward to its continuation.”

Earlier this month, the Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships (U15) took place at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

More than 300 players took part across 26 teams, supported by 51 coaches and numerous team staff, with City of Sheffield winning the girls’ title and Worthing winning the boys.

For more information about getting involved with water polo, please email Swim England Water Polo Development Manager Andy Fuller.