For the British League, it will mean overcoming a problem – because the planned dates, between 25 November and 4 December, clash with a weekend earmarked for League competition and published some time ago in the League’s fixtures blueprint for 2022/23.
“Clearly, we will be very keen to do all we can to support such an important initiative,” said BWPL chairman David Andrews. “In anticipation of the tournament taking place, we have agreed to move the men’s Division 1 and women’s Division 3 programmes, due on 26/27 November, to accommodate it. I am sure such a change will be welcomed, offering the opportunity for everyone associated with BWPL to attend.”
Coventry’s Ian Elliot, Chair for the proposed new competition, said: “Hosting an event of this nature, particularly with the uncertainties of a global pandemic, is always going to be a challenge. Feasibility studies and initial planning are promising but not concluded.”
Swim England says: “Approaches have been made to potential partners to put together a viable tournament, to confirm logistics and the event format, including a water polo legacy programme.”