AoC Sport funding to help colleges introduce pupils to water polo

The membership organisation for Colleges, AoC Sport is offering funding to help colleges introduce pupils to the exciting sport of water polo. 

Delivered in partnership with Swim England, the project aims to support Swim England’s Water Polo 2020-2025 strategy and its key aim to double the number of registered players in the next five years.

Colleges are a vital part of this strategy, so the project will support selected colleges from across England with funding to deliver a sustainable water polo programme. The funding is flexible and may be used to offset any aspect of the costs of setting up a water polo group/activity – this could include pool time, balls, hats, goals, swimming teacher or coach hire, or some combination of these and other expenses.

Swim England can provide advice and support on setting up a water polo team, as well as ideas of other colleges or club teams to play against in your local area, and clubs for participants to join if they wish to take water polo further. Advice can also be given on sources of equipment, coaches etc. 

Water polo is included in the A-Level PE syllabus, so now could be the perfect time for your college to introduce water polo to a new group of young people.


AoC Sport would welcome applications from colleges meeting the following criteria:
  • AoC Sport member college in England.
  • Access to pool time ( college pool, local school pool, public pool or elsewhere).
  • Access to a teacher / coach confident and competent to deliver the water polo sessions. (Support will be offered from Swim England in the form of session cards and a syllabus. You will also be able to hire a swim teacher when booking pool time who will be able to deliver sessions.)

Application process

Funding will be allocated following an open application process. Any AoC Sport member college in England is eligible to apply.

Applications will be judged on the colleges’ ability to best use the funding to encourage more young people to start playing water polo, to help contribute towards the Swim England Water Polo strategic goal of doubling the number of registered players in the next five years.

To apply for this funding please complete the Water Polo Project Application Form 2023 by 10 February 2023.

Selection process

Following applications closing on 10 February 2023, all applications will be reviewed by a selection panel and the following criteria will be considered:
  • Impact of funding – the number of participants engaged through the project in the college.
  • Workforce development – the number of college staff upskilled.
  • Sustainability of the project – how the sessions will be maintained after the first funding cycle.
  • Partnership engagement – the links to be created with local teams/clubs to provide an ongoing progression pathway for the players.
Successful colleges will be notified by 20 February 2023.


Each successful college will be given until the end of the academic year 2023 to utilise the funding, and at the end of this period will be required to submit evidence of funding expenditure (invoice/receipts) and complete a short report form demonstrating how the funding has been spent and the impact of the project. AoC Sport will also encourage colleges to keep in regular communication with us about the progress of their project.
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11:56:00 08.02.2023
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