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South West Region Water Polo Academy 2017/18

Key information relating to the recommencement of the Swim England SW Regional Water Polo Academy for 2017/18 with dates for the trial being:

23 September - 12.30-14.30 girls 2003-2005
                        - 14.30 -16.30 girls 2001-2002

30 September - 12.30-14.30 boys 2003-2005
                        - 14.30 -16.30 boys 2001-2002

(Please arrive 30 mins before for registration)

1. Rationale for / Purpose of the Regional Academy

With the demise of the centralized England Talent, Swim England SW Region Water Polo Committee has therefore continued to make arrangements for a Regional Academy to run the elite training pathway on behalf of Swim England and will also use these sessions to assist with training and selection of regional squads.

2. Who Operates the Regional Academy

The Regional Academy is operated by the Swim England SW Region through the Water Polo Committee. The Regional Academies are 'stand-alone' and not the subject of any management by any higher authority or any individual at 'national level'. Therefore, to the extent that you may have any issue relating to the Regional Academy you should address these through:

Colin Hunt (e: adminWP.SW@virginmedia.com / t: 07910651885)

Colin will be the administrator for the Regional Academy, and will take up day to day administration and act as the first point of contact for those individuals attending the Regional Academy .

3. Relationship between the Regional Academy, Inter Regional Championships and England Talent

The aim of the Regional Academy put in place by each of the Swim England Regions, is to develop players and has potential for players also to be nominated to attend England Talent / for national team consideration.

The Swim England SW Region will continue to select teams to represent the Region within the ASA Inter-Regional Championships with the aim of fielding the strongest possible team. Therefore, technically, a player who is exceptional but chooses not to attend the Regional Academy or with a view to participating with England Talent could still be selected to represent the Swim England SW Region within the Inter-Regional Championships.  These sessions will though be used to develop team tactics and therefore it is highly advisable to attend the Regional Academy.

4. Locations and Dates of the Regional Academy for 2017/2018 will be confirmed in the near future:

The Regional Academy will be held at Hengrove Park, Bristol for the remainder of 2017 sessions.

Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Hengrove Promenade, Hengrove Park, Bristol, BS14 0DE TEL: 01179370200

The Academy anticipates holding seven sessions in the months of September, October, November, December, January, February and April (and will break for the month of March)

Players of suitable ability will be invited to return from the first Regional Academy in September to all subsequent sessions in 2017/18.

The fee to attend the first session /trial on 23 or 30h September 2017 is £10 per person (payment details to follow)

If you are invited back to the Regional Academy then the remaining fee will be £10 per session, total £60 to cover the remaining sessions.  Swim England SW cannot accept part-payment where players can only make some of the sessions.

What you need to do to attend the Regional Academy

If you wish to attend the Regional Academy you need to email the following details to the above address:




We hope that this provides you with a good level of initial information. If you do have any immediate questions please contact Colin at the above address.

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