Essex Water Polo Manager’s Report 2018
Water Polo membership has yet again shown a growth in Essex with both Chelmsford and Colchester working hard on increasing their junior sections.
Both teams have a junior age group team in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 Eastern leagues.
Chelmsford won the Senior Essex League this year. Now that there are only 4 senior teams left (Chelmsford, Colchester, Hornchurch and Eastern Otter) we are working with these 4 clubs to ensure that they don’t fold.
A few clubs have contacted me over the past 12 months about the setting up of a water polo section. Brentwood SC began theirs a few months ago and see roughly 18 people attend every Sunday.
If your club would like to put on a water polo session, please contact the County and they will get in touch and organise the taster session.
This year, Essex won the London Region Inter Counties over 40s and came second in the U14s.
Dan Paddon, Chelmsford, has continued his success on the International stage and is still playing for the England and GB seniors. Young Dan Atkinson, also from Chelmsford, was selected for the U17 team and represented internationally abroad. Both are playing for teams in the top division of the British Water Polo League and will be playing in the Super 5s (top 5 teams in the Country) in 2019.
Dan Atkinson recently played for English Schools (ESSA) in an International tournament V Romania and Australia hosted in Bolton and East Manchester. Dean Walker will be coaching the 2001 born (U18) England Schools team V Australia soon.
The year finished on a flourish for water polo development, which saw Chelmsford and Colchester enter 2 teams in to the East Region Water Polo Grand Prix for the 2nd year running. Chelmsford came runners up in the U13 competition. This was a tournament set up to develop volunteers, by giving opportunities to officiate and coach games, whilst the younger players could experience tournament water polo. We put on a referees and table officials course, with 20 people becoming qualified in the County and we also had 12 parents and volunteers TM2 trained.
Thank you to our President, Steve Turner, who attended numerous water polo events this year. The most recent being the Grand Prix finals hosted in Chelmsford where he sat with the Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford, The Chelmsford Mayor, East Region President Chris Vinter, the Herts President and the Swim England Water Polo Manager Andy Fuller.
Thank you to everyone that has helped support Essex water polo in 2018.
Essex ASA Water Polo Manager