Canberra School keen to dive in for another Water Polo session
Image: Mother Theresa Primary School Year 5 & 6 students getting a feel for Water Polo
After the odd baulk, pass and egg beater kick, the year five and six students at Canberra’s Mother Theresa Primary School got to better understand the art of playing Water Polo and are keen to do more.
Over a period of two weeks doing one hour sessions, Water Polo Australia ran its pilot programme with 75 students from the school.
Water Polo Australia’s Matthew Turnbull said out of those 75 students, 71 of them had never played the sport before.
“We catered the sessions for a range of swimming abilities – from those who were strong swimmers, who were confident in the deep end, through to those who were not so confident but felt comfortable at the shallow end,” Matt said.
“Ten local coaches were involved in the programme and the school felt the programme was geared really well for the year five and six students who were clearly motivated to do something different,” he said.
“Water Polo Australia has designed the programme to build upon a child’s basic swimming ability and by combining this with a team sport and the tactics to play the game, water polo is a great way to improve children’s overall fitness and emotional and social well being,” Matt said.
Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a water polo programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Water Polo Australia page.