Sunderland Aquatic Centre selected again for European Water Polo Championships

PLAYING ON: A shot from the last polo tournament held at the Aquatic Centre.
PLAYING ON: A shot from the last polo tournament held at the Aquatic Centre.
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A VENUE has netted the chance to host an international competition once again after the success of its debut competition.

The organisers of the 2014 European Men’s Water Polo Championships say they were so impressed with how last year’s inaugural event went in November at the Aquatic Centre in Sunderland, they will make a return to the complex.

They have asked for the final play-off between GBR and Romania to be held in the city on Saturday.

The match, planned by the sport’s League of European Nations (LEN) in partnership with British Swimming, will decide which team goes through to the finals in Budapest in July.

Earlier on the same day, the region’s only Olympic-sized swimming pool will play host to another international with a friendly match between Scotland and England’s national, junior water polo teams.

Young people from the region’s swimming clubs have also been invited to attend, not only to watch the matches but also to have a go at the game themselves, with training sessions to be held around matches.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “We can all be delighted that Sunderland and the Aquatic Centre have again been invited to host an international sporting event of this calibre.” Tickets are being sold on the door only and are £5 or £4 for concessions.

Games begin at 7pm and spectators are asked to be in their seats by 6.45pm.