I am raising funds so that I can continue training to the standards that I must reach and am looking for additional support to continue my career as a waterpolo athlete. I really thank every single person who has supported my journey so far and recognise that my achievements would not of been fulfilled if it wasn't for the additional support and extended families I have grown with.
My name is Morgan and I am 16 years . I currently play water polo for my local team and also Wales on a National level. Water Polo is a fantastically active, fun and healthy sport which I believe everybody should have the chance to play and with a little funding, this can be made possible.
In the last 12 months I have been selected to represent Wales at a under 18’s level in the inter-regionals competition In Liverpool where we achieved second place and last summer I was successful in securing a place in the Wales squad where we travelled to Bruno in the Czech Republic to play in the European Union Championship.
This year I am hoping to achieve a place in the Wales U18’s Team for the North Sea Cup which will be held in Edinburgh, the National Age Group Tournament in Grantham and Manchester, and a multi nation 5 day competition in Millfield School in Glastonbury. Today I have had confirmation I have a place in the Under 18’s squad for the European Union Championship in Prague next month. Something I am extremely excited and proud of.
To undertake water polo at this level requires commitment and dedication, to give an example I train 8 hours a week just on water polo alone with a further 5 hours a week fitness training as well as fitting in my other great passion….rugby with the Carmarthen Quins. I also attend the Wales Water Polo Academy which is one full weekend a month in Swansea and Cardiff.
Training is not cheap, for the year it will cost in the region of £1000 which accounts for membership, fees and insurance only. Luckily for me the weekly training is held locally and the Wales training is in National Pools in Swansea and Cardiff however in order to get game play I also play in the South West England league and games can be as far as Plymouth. Competitions throughout the year are far and wide and being part of the Wales academy has myself and my family traveling all over the country which is a brilliant experience.
To achieve this every player needs to self-fund the entire process - this means plane tickets, accommodation, food, transport, kit, training facilities - basically every cost is passed onto the players ( or my mum in my case - I am eternally grateful to her for my opportunities without her I wouldn’t be able to do any of this) and that's where I need your help.
Unfortunately, water polo does not receive any funding from any sports funds, government allocation or councils for its junior program in Wales. Equally, there are no big sponsorship deals from corporations like football or rugby get. Obviously, it's a much smaller sport here in Wales but across the world, it's getting much bigger and teams from other countries attract huge funding and sponsorship.
Like many other Olympic sports waterpolo is reliant on players and their families self-funding all their training and competitions. Each competition costs in the region of £150-£250 and there are usually 3-4 a year. The EU Nations tour in Czech republic will cost £724 for 4 days. There are added costs associated for families with travel, accommodation and kit -for example water polo trunks average £38 a pair and a player has to wear 2 pairs at a time to play!
My family are unquestionably dedicated to supporting me in my chosen sport and recognise my passion for playing and my enthusiasm and pride to be able to represent my country. Water polo is not only a hobby but now part of my education curriculum as I am able to in cooperate it into my GCSE PE, Welsh Baccalaureate and my Duke of Edinburgh Award and has proven beneficial with my voluntary work with Towy Salmons Disabled swimming club.
I would be extremely grateful of any support you would be able to give me could in order for me to be able to continue my waterpolo pathway. I would utilise any sponsorship I receive in funding any further tours I am selected for such as Edinburgh or my tour to Prague.
I'm asking you to kindly make a donation; any donation, no matter how small, will make such a difference. I know this is slightly different in the sense that I'm not climbing a mountain or running a marathon, but to represent my country in the sport I love would be such an honour and your donation will be helping raise the profile of waterpolo in the UK. Waterpolo is my passion - In return for you supporting my passion I will continue to demonstrate total dedication and pride in my commitment and effort in representing my country and to continue to make my family proud and be the best Waterpolo I can be.
Please help my dream become a reality.
Many thanks in anticipation