WPV Academy & Development: Term 2 Wrap & Term 3 EOI
Water Polo Victoria's Term 2 for both the Academy and Development programs has come to an end, after what was a very successful few months. There was a total of 83 participants across both programs, with athletes showing dedication to continually improving themselves in our game. It was the biggest term for the program that Water Polo Victoria has seen in a few years, one of the key goals for WPV being to continue providing excellent training programs for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Term 3 EOI
"The Water Polo Victoria Academy is an opportunity to be in a program that helps up and coming athletes develop their core skills. It provides the space for participants to work with other athletes and coaches outside of their immediate club, with the aim to increase the intensity and quality in a competitive environment and improve the athletes overall Water Polo knowledge. We believe that investing into this program creates a pathway that will help develop a strong core of players that can compete at the highest levels and create stronger Victorian squads now and into the future". Spindles, WPV High Performance Manager.
Term 2 also saw the introduction of WPV's new Development program, a program for younger athletes that want to improve on their core skills in a fun and challenging environment. We had 20 participants as part of this program in its inaugural term, a huge success, with excellent engagement and attitude from our young athletes as they develop their Water Polo game.
“Over the last 9 weeks a young core group of 15-20 kids enjoyed learning and developing the basics of Water Polo, from strength, skills and tactics to broader team keys of communication and support. The coaches were delighted to see such a positive attitude as the group bonded over the term - even more impressive given the early starts in mid-winter! We look forward to seeing them back next term to continue their journey along with anyone members interested in joining in.” Jade Vidal, Development Program Coach
Water Polo Victoria was also thrilled to see the first ever Regional Academy take place in Geelong, which was a resounding success with 12-14 participants engaging in the program during its first term. This was a very important first step in providing more accessible opportunities for athletes who live regionally, enabling them to further develop as strong Water Polo players.
"The opportunity to offer our regional athletes in Geelong Academy training locally has been a strategic vision of Water Polo Victoria post COVID. We are pleased through the support and tenaciousness of Geelong Water Polo Club we were able to find a venue who was willing to support this vision. To have over a dozen athletes honing their skills while not having the stress of travel to Melbourne and back early in the morning is a positive for the sport. We look forward to continuing to explore opportunities for all of our regional centres (Ballarat, Bendigo, Mornington Peninsula and Albury/Wodonga Border) and hope to provide them the same opportunity in the near future." Simon Devine, CEO Water Polo Victoria
Term 3 is coming!
For new and returning participants, all these programs are offered again in Term 3 starting July 10th. Click the link provided if you are interested and want more information: EOI