Two 16-year-olds from Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo club, Aaron Mason and Daniel Armstrong, have been at a training camp in Malta as part of the England under 17 men’s squad which starts their preparation for the European qualifiers in 2018.
The two Lancaster athletes were joined by their coach and England under 17s head coach, Zak Sly.
They trained around two to four hours a day and played games against different Maltese teams, including a senior men’s team at the international pool as well as a team over in Gozo. The England team won every game, bar one – which was against the senior men’s second division team.
Head Coach Zak Sly said: “The environment in Malta is very different to England.
“They trained and played games daily outside, sometimes in a swimming pool, but the majority of the time in the sea; with waves and the sun shining down between 34 to 40 degrees. Both Aaron and Daniel put in a solid weeks’ worth of training and game play, which has paid off. Aaron is heading to be one of the top end players in the squad.”
Lancaster City currently has eight water polo players in the England and Great Britain under 15 to 19 programme.