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Water Polo: Manchester to host LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy

May 15, 2009

Britain will welcome some of Europe’s most promising water polo nations this summer when Manchester hosts the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy.

The event, which will take place in the state of the art Manchester Aquatics Centre from 7th – 12th July, provides sports fans with the ideal opportunity to catch a glimpse of the GB Water Polo team as they prepare for London 2012.

Eight countries will compete for the Trophy, including: Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Having recently competed in a tough first preliminary round of the 2009 FINA Water Polo World
League in Athens, Britain’s women’s team will look to use their home advantage in this event.

UK Sport, which has worked as a partner with British Swimming in staging the competition for the second time, provided funding support for the event from its National Lottery backed World Class Events Programme.

Lucy Crickmore, UK Sport’s Acting Events Consultant said: “UK Sport is delighted to be supporting the LEN European Nations Trophy for the second time. Through our National Lottery funded World Class Events Programme we are able to invest up to £95,000 in this competition, offering a fantastic opportunity for our water polo players to test themselves against the rest of Europe, which is home to the world’s greatest water polo playing nations.”

British Swimming’s Events and Sponsorship Director Katie Brazier highlights the importance of the event as the national governing body continues its preparations towards 2012.

“We’re delighted with the continued support of UK Sport for British Swimming’s World Class event programme. Hosting this event is key to supporting our performance programme aspirations of achieving the best possible Olympic result and allows our athletes to experience home advantage in the build up to 2012.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, Manchester City Council added: “Manchester is delighted to be hosting the LEN European Women’s Water Polo Trophy in July.”

The draw for the event will take place in Lugano, Switzerland on 30th May.

For further competition and ticketing details please visit the What’s On section of Sportsister or the event’s website at www.manchester2009.com.

Hannah Galloway, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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