Splashball is set to make a splash in Tamworth this summer thanks to a $5000 grant courtesy of the Local Sport Grant Program.
After running a pilot program last season, Tamworth Water Polo secretary Libby Magann said the association are hoping to establish Splashball as a regular program to feed into the existing Flippaball program.
Magann is one of the architects of the program which aims to teach 5-7 year olds basic water polo skills and improve their water confidence in a fun, non-competitive environment.
“This is a unique program and unlike anything available for this age group.
“It is hoped that we can entice younger players to play water polo and give them valuable skills for them to progress up into our Flippaball program which is aimed at ages 8-11,” she said.
“It is played in the children's wading pool at Scully Pool so that children can stand on the bottom.”
Magann said the money will go towards purchasing new equipment such as goals, balls and caps to fit smaller heads.
She and Kate Mackay will run the program of a Sunday morning in Term 1 and 4 from 9-10am with the help of the local young representative players.
“Overall this program hopes to increase regular and on-going participation in structured physical activity and provide an opportunity for young children to splash around in the pool and have fun,” Magann said.
“We are happy to be able to add this to the program of competitions we can offer members of the Tamworth community.”
There will be a Come and Try Day this Sunday at Scully Pool from 9-10am.
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