The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has approved evidence submitted by Swim England at the beginning of this month. It means water polo is now on the approved list of sports allowed to restart in England following the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.
BWPL chairman David Andrews welcomed this “fantastic news”, adding that it’s “perfectly timed for the League’s next committee meeting on Sunday, when hopefully we can start working towards meaningful competition as early as the New Year.”
Swim England’s guidelines focus on areas such as social distancing during breaks and post-game, use of equipment, advice for match officials and coaches, injury treatment plus information for spectators. These will be used in conjunction with Swim England’s Returning to the Pool guidance which covers details on travel to training and matches, plus advice for medics.
George Wood, Swim England’s Sport Development Director, welcomed the Government announcement. “We’re thrilled water polo can now be played once again,” he said.
“I would like to thank Toby King and our Water Polo Leadership Group and our Head of Performance Operations, Rachel Bayley, for pushing forward this important piece of work. It will come as a welcome relief to our affiliated water polo clubs and players who have been desperate to enjoy the sport they love since pools were allowed to reopen.”