Water polo youngsters get special visit from Olympians

Team GB water polo Olympians Ciaran James and Glen Robinson with some of the players from the development day.
Team GB water polo Olympians Ciaran James and Glen Robinson with some of the players from the development day.

Lancaster City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club held a development water polo tournament.

The event for boys and girls under 13 took place at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and saw the swimming pool area filled with more than 80 children.

Eight teams competed in the tournament, which included two teams from Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club, Ripley St Thomas Academy School team, Blackpool, Rotherham, Sheffield, Sedgefield and Merseyside.

Two Team GB water polo Olympians, Ciaran James and Glen Robinson, also came along to support the event and presented the awards and trophies.

The Lancaster club had the youngest team there with players aged as young as nine, most of whom had never played competitive water polo before.

The two teams were coached by younger members of the senior British Water Polo League team Ben Walker and Scott Sharpe, who have been coaching mini polo at Lancaster since the start of the year.

They were supported by regular coaches Zak Sly and Gary Ellwood.

Four of Lancaster’s older players played for their school Ripley St Thomas’ under 13 side who were helped out by GB water polo squad member Owain Llewellyn.

Following successful campaigns in the u16 and u18 national competitions it was the turn of younger pupils to make their competitive debut.

Lancaster has a rich history in water polo, with plenty of success on a national level.

For more information and to give it a go, visit minipolo.laswpc.com.