Water Polo Junior Development Session – 18 March

Young Volunteers Programme 2020 TEST

On March 18th the region’s junior water polo coaches and management team have decided that this session will be for the younger boys and girls in the region. We envisage running a match based tournament which can be attended by the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 boys and girls. Because we see this very much as a development session, the only exception to this will be those born in 2009 who played in the inter region competitions held in Walsall at the end of last year.

We are hoping that this session will attract younger players to come and join the regional program and we would encourage anyone to attend who has the basic water polo skill set (including swimming) and wants to progress.

If you have any questions please email your South East Region coaches or Email – WaterPolo@southeastswimming.org.

Splashpoint, Worthing, BN11 2EN

March 18th 2023. Registration 19.00-19.15, Session time 19.30-21.30

The cost will be £5 and registration and payment should be made on the form below;

Water Polo Regional training session was a great success

After 18 months break Regional training re-commenced on Saturday 26th June with over 40 athletes taking part.

The evening started with an introduction from the coaching team to the players and parents. We were treated with a break in the rain to be able to deliver this outside.

The Regional coaches decided to invite the youngest athletes born 2007-2010 and for many of them this would have been their first Regional training session.

The evening was full of fun matches and an opportunity for the young athletes to show their skill and potential to the Regional coaches. The coaches were not disappointed by the standard of the athletes who came from a wide range of clubs across the South East.

Due to current Covid restrictions, we were unable to invite parents in to watch and support their children. It was great to see fellow athletes supporting each other that they had just met.

Thanks goes to all the volunteers attending to make this session possible. A special thanks goes to Paul Metcalfe for travelling from Milton Keynes to be one of the keys refs for the evening.

Further Regional Water Polo training sessions will be communicated by the coaching team in the coming weeks.

South East Region Water Polo Training outlook for 2021

A New Era for the South East Region Girls Water Polo Teams

Young Volunteers Programme 2020 TEST

Ewan Partridge has taken the decision to stand down as Girls Head Coach for the South East Region after 10 years being in charge. We would like to thank Ewan for his continuous commitment to the Region and everything he has achieved during this time. A summary written by Ewan is here.

We are pleased to welcome Lauren Hand to join the Regional Water Polo team, Lauren will replace Ewan as  Girls Head Coach and will be supported by the coaching team that Ewan leaves behind.

We wish Ewan and Lauren the very best for the future in their respective roles.


Swim England – START Water Polo Funding 2019

START Water Polo is a Swim England funded programme designed to increase the number of young Water Polo players in the club structures.

Applications are open to any Swim England affiliated clubs or sections that intend to deliver new sessions of Water Polo and provide a clear exit route to retain the new participants.

For more information please click here.

The Application process will open on Monday 23 September 2019
The Application process will close on Monday 14 October 2019

Swim England Youth Panel Members

Swim England are looking for Youth Panel Volunteers to join their current Youth Panel.

The Youth Advisory Panel is a group of young people aged between 16–25 years old. Collectively, they act as representatives for all young people involved in the sport of swimming, providing them with a voice.

The Youth Advisory Panel meets up to 4 times per year, usually for a 4 hour meeting at a weekend, and typically in Loughborough at the Head Offices of Swim England. Meetings are led by the Youth Advisory Panel chair, who is supported by a vice chair, with both being elected from the Youth Advisory Panel membership, by their peers. In addition to attendance at meetings, there may be a small amount of work required between meetings, and some online surveys sent by Swim England to seek more immediate feedback on a particular topic. Youth Advisory Panel members’ expenses for travelling to and from meetings are covered by Swim England to ensure that these are accessible to all.

Who are we looking for?

  • Young people who are actively involved in the sport as a participant, teacher, coach, official or volunteer
  • Young people who are between 16-25 years old
  • Young people who are active in one of the following disciplines:
  • Diving
  • Water Polo
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Open Water
  • Para Swimming
  • A non-swimming volunteer
  • Young people who are ideally a Swim England member (Cat 1 – non-competitive, Cat 2 – competitive Cat 3 – other)

What are we looking for?

We are looking for dedicated new members who will be committed to attending meetings, contributing to discussions and working collaboratively with their Youth Advisory Panel peers. We are looking for passionate young people who want to positively influence the experiences of other young people involved in the sport and to act as representatives for them. If you think this could be you then please apply!

Applicants can be active in swimming but one of the disciplines listed above must be their primary focus.

Applications will be considered from individuals who are not members as long as the application demonstrates significant experience of sports participation and/or volunteering.

How to apply

The application process has two steps – an online application form and a video submission

Please complete the online form by clicking on this link:- click here . Please complete the online personal details form and submit a video no longer than 2 minutes to the email address below.

Your video should focus on:-

Discussing an issue in sport which is important to you

Video Tips

  • Tell us what the issue is, why it is important to you, how does it affect you or people you know, how would you solve it?
  • Please make sure you introduce yourself so we know who you are and can match your video to your on-line application.
  • Think about where you are when you record your video – is it bright enough for us to see you? What is around you? Could someone identify where you are or see something you don’t want them to?
  • Two minutes goes by quicker than you think when you’re recording so plan what you want to say.
  • Think about how quickly you speak.
  • Make the video as interesting as you can but remember it’s about you.

Who will review the applications?

Applications which meet the criteria will be reviewed by the current Youth Panel who will decide on who should join as new members.

Contact email


Closing date for applications is 30th September 2018

U16 Girls Water Polo Win Inter-Regional Title

The South East sent two teams to the recent U16 Girls Inter-Regional Water Polo Tournament held at Millfield School, Somerset on 07 & 08 July.

Team South East Anderida won and are now the Inter-Regional Champions 2018. This is the first Water Polo trophy in any national competition won by the Region, a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to all involved in such a successful weekend.

Please  click here to see the full report from Coaches Ewan Partridge & Amy Styles. For more details please click here.

Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards

The Regional Management Board welcomes nominations for the Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards. Any nomination should be accompanied by a supporting letter and CV for the nominee. The criteria is as follows:

The Award is given to the individual or organisation making the most outstanding contribution to aquatics at club, county, regional, national or international level.

In selecting the winner of the Award each year, the Sport s Operations Committee will give consideration to the following:

  • outstanding achievement in advancing the sport through competition/coaching/officiating
  • outstanding achievement in the administration of the sport
  • outstanding achievement in advising the sport

Please send any nominations across to bryony.gibbs@southeastswimming.org no later than 12pm on Monday 2nd July.

Swim England Coaching & Teaching Guidance

It is vital for the future of our sport that participants are confident in the quality of activities offered by Swim England affiliated organisations. It is also very important that clubs, administrators, coaches and teachers have the peace of mind that they are covered by appropriate insurance.

Swim England have put together Coaching and Teaching statement and guidance which covers Swim England’s expectations of clubs in relation to the level of coaching and teaching in all disciplines in the club environment. This is also the standard that is required by Swim England’s insurers in relation to a club’s liability insurance.

Water Polo Junior Competitions Consultation

The Swim England Water Polo Management Group have just launched a 7-day consultation on junior water polo competitions to help inform the future structure of competitions in England.

The surveys are live now (due to close at 5pm on Friday 20th April) and they want to hear from junior water polo clubs, junior water polo coaches, junior water polo players and parents/guardians of junior water polo players!

The link and detail on the consultation can be found here: