It will involve the top four men’s and women’s teams from the Super 5s and make its debut at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Hertfordshire, on 25/26 April – in front of television cameras, subject to securing the required sponsorship. Importantly, the winners will qualify for entry to the EU Nations Cup.
This will be the format for both competitions:
Semi-finals involving 1st in the Super 5s v 4th and 2nd v 3rd, the winners progressing to a final for gold/silver medals; and the semi-finals losers playing off for bronze. When matches are drawn, there will be the drama of penalty shoot-outs.
BWPL chairman David Andrews said today: “The Champions Cup will provide a much-needed shot in the arm for British water polo. Our leading clubs, who have all given this initiative their full support, are always telling us that they need more quality matches. This will help to meet that demand – and give Britain’s top players an exciting new opportunity to showcase their skills.”