"The money raised will support the 16 lads and take them one stop closer to their dreams in water polo. Thank you!"
The lads have been training hard and with our international training event and games getting closer every day, we are all looking forward to this brilliant opportunity and experience.
This Talent Backer campaign and the support we have received has made us all more determined than ever to push ourselves harder and one day represent Lancaster and Great Britain at Senior Level.
Lancaster Water Polo Club has several players aged between 15 years and 18 years that have been recognised as talented. They have already represented the City and the North West and some are training with the GB squad aiming to play at international competitions.
European countries currently dominate the sport, due to the facilities they have to train their athletes. Eger, a town in Hungary that is world renowned for training Olympians, offers overseas clubs the opportunity to train with them.
Our water polo players want to travel to Eger where they will train and compete against some of the top water polo payers at their age group in Europe.
Our water polo players are looking for the support to pay for travel from UK to Hungary and back again!
The players and the coaches recognise the importance of European training to their development and improvement, this will make a huge difference to their progression and ultimately their sporting achievements.
Players receive a lot of support from their families. Often parents help out at the club: teaching swimming, team managing, time keeping and whatever they can do to support their children and the club.
Such is the determination to attend the training abroad and raise funds, our water polo players have set up bag packing sessions at the local supermarket and quiz nights to help with funds. But this is on top of training five times a week and playing up to three games a week along with schoolwork, homework and getting ready for GCSE's!
The short term goals are to support and help the players be stronger, more confident and an all-around better team. The long term goal is to become the future players of the senior team and to keep in the Super 5s; which are the top 5 water polo teams in the country.
Individually the players want to represent Great Britain in the European Qualifiers and to keep supporting the regional team.
The trip will be inspiring…………..These players will be inspired…………….Future players will be inspired by these players…………….All because of this trip…….It is thanks to people like you who give so generously.
Winners of the Senior Division One National League:
1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
Winners of the Senior British Championship:
1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
National under 15's Water Polo Championships
National Under 17's Water Polo Championships
1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
National Under 19's Water Polo Championships
1978, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 2010, 2011, 2012
Individually we have Regional and National water polo players.
Lancaster is known as one of the top water polo clubs in Great Britain!
For this group of water polo players, with the current lack of funding of water polo and the steady withdrawal of money from UK sport, raising money through campaigns like this is the only way to fund trips like this.
It is a fantastic opportunity and will be a massive help to them in taking the next steps in the sport they enjoy doing and are so committed to.