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Swim England Survey for Water Polo Officials

Swim England Water Polo Leadership Group has agreed a new qualification structure for referees which includes a clear development pathway from club to international level and will replace the previous grades A, B, C, D and P.

Next steps include emoving existing officials to the new structure, building an accurate database of qualified officials and determining who is active and at which level of competition. To enable this process to be completed and to recognise existing qualifications and experience, officials are being asked to complete a short survey before the closing date of Sunday 11 April 2021. View details.

Dates Announced for 2021 South West Regional Training Academies

Seven Millfield dates announced, together with an invitation. View details but note the implications of the national lockdown / the exit roadmap on certain dates.

Covid-19: Exiting Lockdown

The Government publishes guidance which sets out information for the public and sport providers on when you can participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID-19 restrictions, and if so how.

The Government has published its ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ which sets out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England and explains how the restrictions included in the guidance will be lifted over time. Read about the changes which will happen on 8 March. Please familarise yourself with what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown and follow the guidance in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

These restrictions apply to England. Swim England will confirm what any subsequent changes to restrictions will mean for aquatic activity and update its FAQs with its interpretation of what they mean for facilities, how they affects our sports and learn to swim lessons, travel and the impact on clubs. The FAQs will be updated on an ongoing basis where necessary.

When aquatic activity is permitted, Swim England Returning to Pool guidance documents include robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons. These are 'living' documents and cover:

  • Club Guidance
  • Community Swimming and Instructor Led Guidance
  • Operator Guidance
  • Swimming Lessons Guidance
  • User Guidance
  • Specific guidance for water polo clubs (includes guidelines on social distancing during breaks and post-game, use of equipment, advice for match officials and coaches, injury treatment plus information for spectators.)

Any personal or fitness trainer is being reminded to register with a council first if they want to use open spaces for training sessions and include a Covid-19 risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained.

View Hygiene Guidance Resources which will help you clearly communicate key hygiene messages to people taking part in sport and physical activity.

View Swim England COVID-19 Club Support Toolkit

The FAQs are being updated regularly.

Swim England Water Polo Strategy 2020-2025

Swim England is aiming to double the number of registered water polo players in the next five years.

View Swim England Water Polo Leadership Group's 14 Feb 2021 Strategy Update on progress to date.

Inter-County Water Polo Competitions 2019

Dorset Ladies 2019

One of the perks of being Regional President and Regional Water Polo Secretary is getting in on the team photo when Dorset last fielded a Ladies team in the November tournament at Millfield School. Strike a pose, Mike Coles.

Remember to build a competition network amongst clubs it is important that all clubs and ladies are represented at meetings so that County teams are inclusive.

Banner Photos: Steve Gallagher (01202 421743)