Vicky Ford, MP for Chelmsford, and Chelmsford’s Lady Mayoress, were in guests of honour at the East Region Development U13 Grand Prix Water Polo Finals on Saturday 24 November.

The dignitaries were also joined by Essex ASA President, XX, East Region ASA President, XX, Hertfordshire ASA President, Janet Warrington, Swim England Water Polo Development Manager, Andy Fuller, and Jim Messenger from Active Essex.

The Finals, staged at Chelmsford’s Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, saw teams drawn from Chelmsford and Colchester as well as Suffolk and Northampton. The Finals also capped a day of activity which saw the training of a new generation of Water Polo Team Managers.

Under the direction of Martin Atkinson, Chelmsford is a hub of development for Water Polo. The Chelmsford club has been the recent recipient of a START grant from Swim England to support the development of the sport alongside securing funding through Active Essex investment programmes.

The Club and the regional programme are also likely to benefit from the major investment being made in the City’s sporting infrastructure. In the spring of 2019, the brand new Riverside Leisure Centre will open with modern facilities including a state of the art 10 lane 25m pool, 2 large studios, spin studio, river front café, sports hall, ice rink, soft play, creche, treatment rooms and brand new 120-station gym equipment.

Dean Walker, Swim England Club Development Officer welcomed the attendance of Vicky Ford and the Lady Mayoress’.

Active Essex’s Jim Messenger added, ““We have helped support the growth of water polo in the county over a number of years and Chelmsford Swimming Club has always been a strong partner in this. The new Riverside complex will provide even greater opportunity for the club, water polo, and for even more local residents to be regularly engaged in swimming. That obviously fits well with our ‘One Million Lives’ strategy to make Essex the most active county in England.”