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In partnership with BUCS, the ASA are pleased to launch the University Water Polo (UWP) Programme for institutions in the HE sector.

In partnership with BUCS, the ASA are pleased to launch the University Water Polo (UWP) Programme for institutions in the HE sector.

The programme is designed to empower university students in the role of UWP Officer to develop and grow water polo at their University. It also provides professional development for students to gain life and employability skills whilst enabling the ASA to create and develop a yearly workforce of students across the country who are all focussed on growing the sport in the student sector.

Students who take on the role of UWP Officer will be offered further professional development and volunteer workplace opportunities with one of the largest National Governing Bodies in England.

The aims and objectives of the programme are to:

-    Establish mutually beneficial partnerships between the ASA and universities for water polo.
-    Increase the number of water polo participants in the HE sector.
-    Create a new water polo workforce.
-    Create links between universities and local water polo clubs.

UWP Officers will have the following objectives:

-    Establish or grow weekly recreational and/or BUCS water polo sessions as part of the University Water Polo Club offer.
-    Deliver a minimum of one mass participation/give it a go event per academic year in line with the University Water Polo Club recruitment plans.
-    Provide termly reports on participant numbers across all sections of the University Water Polo Club.
-    Upskill at least four students per academic year within the university to support growth of water polo (e.g. table officials / referees / coaches) for the benefit of the University Water Polo Club.

The initial training event for UWP Officers is being held on 25th-26th November in Loughborough. All UWP Officers will be required to attend this training event – or nominate another representative to attend on their behalf. University staff members responsible for the management of the UWP Officer are also encouraged to attend Day 1 of this training.

A full role description and outline for the UWP Officer can be found by clicking here or in the documents below.

During the 2016-17 academic year, the ASA are seeking 10 pilot universities to launch the UWP Programme. There are two ways for an institution to become part of the UWP programme:

1) A university staff member can complete the expression of interest form by clicking here or downloading from the bottom of this page and emailing it to Suzy Stevenson, ASA Water Polo Manager. The ASA can then support the University to recruit a student to the role of UWP Officer.

2) Interested students can complete the application form by clicking here or downloading from the documents below. However any student application will need to gain the support of their university to submit this. Application forms should be emailed to Suzy Stevenson, ASA Water Polo Manager.

Please note: this is an open ended recruitment process by the ASA for universities to become involved in the UWP programme. However, in order to be part of the initial phase and training schedule, a UWP officer will need to be in place at an institution in advance of the training event on 25th-26th November 2016.

For further information and/or a discussion regarding the UWP programme please contact either Suzy Stevenson, ASA Water Polo Manager on 07920458547; or Matt Holdstock, BUCS Development Manager on 020 7633 4992.

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