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Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council case study

Epsom and Ewell Sports and Leisure Council is a voluntary group made up of people who are actively involved in sports clubs and organisations within our borough. The Sports and Leisure Council's objective is to support individuals and groups to pursue higher standards in sport and leisure.

The Sports and Leisure Council holds regular meetings and can provide grants to both individuals and clubs in order to help them achieve their sporting and leisure goals. Applications are invited from sports and leisure clubs as well as individuals for grant aid up to a maximum of £700 for clubs and £500 for individuals towards sport equipment purchase and training enhancement. All applications will be considered on their merit and how they meet the grant aid criteria. To apply please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sportsfunding

Case study: Erin – Water polo Erin_waterpolo

Last year, Erin was fortunate enough to be awarded an individual sports award of £300 in recognition of her Water polo achievements. This award went towards the cost of sending her to the EU Nations tournament in Brno, Czech Republic last year, where along with her team mates Erin gained her first England cap and a bronze medal!

Since the EU Nations tournament, Erin has continued to train hard both in and out of the pool, training 5 times a week at Crystal Palace and one weekend a month in Manchester as part of the national training program. Her commitment to training resulted in her being asked to be the assistant coach for the U16 London Girls team in last year’s inter-Region tournament, despite being only a year older than many of the girls in the team. This was a role she took on with great maturity, gaining the respect of the coach, players and their parents.

Following a successful training camp in Hungary last summer with her club, she was selected for the Otter first team to play in the top division of the Ladies British Water Polo League. This requires Erin to travel to venues across the country to compete for up-to 7 weekends during the October-March season. Despite being the youngest and smallest player on the team, Erin managed to score a respectable number of goals against some very tough opposition. Erin was also selected to represent England in the English Schools Swimming Association match against Australia following the Duke of Cambridge Cup last year.

In this year’s U19 Girls National Age Group Championships, playing for Otter, Erin and her team mates were able to win the Championship title for the second year in a row.

Erin was again selected to represent England in the EU Nations tournament in Brno this year - gaining another bronze medal. In addition to this Erin has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Junior Ladies European Water polo Championships in Volos, Greece this September. As part of her preparations for this, she is currently in Szentes, Hungary training with her Crystal Palace team mates. Following this she has a GB training camp in Hungary and Romania just prior to the tournament in Greece.

We wish Erin all the very best!

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