On th June 2019 the Cardiff primary school water polo event was born, with a special thank you to GLL Eastern leisure centre for providing their swimming pool to host the debutant event.
Over 40 children from primary schools across Cardiff attended the competition, for many their first experience of water polo. The Cardiff Games team coordinated the event in partnership with Wales Water Polo, Swim Wales and the Welsh Wanderers.
The event-celebrated volunteer's week with three Welsh international Water Polo players volunteering their time at the event. Pupils of Cardiff primary schools received a warm up and coaching session delivered by international players to introduce pupils to their first experience of the game. Pupils were put through their paces, learning how to travel with the ball, pass, throw and shoot. Once the players were familiar with the rules and ready to play it was time for the fixtures to commence.
After plenty of 'splishing and splashing', Llanishen Fach, St Johns College and St Josephs all finished in the top three with St Joseph's primary school clinching the trophy after a dramatic final.
Cardiff International Pool. The success of this year's event hopes to attract even more primary schools next year, helping to grow the sport and continue to increase the opportunities to participate at the Cardiff Games events.
Following the competition, volunteers have collaborated with Swim Wales to enrol onto a Water polo officiating course with the aim to provide officiating at future events. The club (Welsh Wanderers) circulated flyers to the schools who attended, to offer a free taster session at their team training session on a Friday at