Manchester to host U19 European Qualifiers

29 Jan 2020

Group B games of the Men's U19 European Water Polo Championships Qualification Tournament are confirmed to be taking place at the East Manchester Leisure Centre in April.

The men's U19 Great Britain water polo team will play five matches across the four days of competition spanning the 2-5 April 2020, as they host France, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland and Portugal drawn alongside themselves in Group B of the qualification tournament.

The competition will take place in the purpose built 30m pool at the East Manchester Leisure Centre, which is situated on the Eithad Campus and next door to the stadium of Manchester City Football Club.

Head Coach of the Great Britain U19 Men's Water Polo team, Dean Walker commented:

"I’m really happy that Manchester will once again be hosting the Men's U19 European Water Polo Championships Qualification Tournament in 2020. It's always a privilege for our players to pull on the GB cap, but to have an event on home turf provides a great opportunity for the team to be cheered on by family, friends and members of the extended water polo community. 

"A big thank you to British Swimming and the home nations for their continuing support, with a special mention to Norman Leighton and the local organising committee for making it possible."

Further spectator information on match tickets will be released in due course.

Match Schedule*

Thursday 2 April

  • 17.00 - Match 1: Lithuania v Germany
  • 18.30 - Match 2: Great Britain v Ireland
  • 20.00 - Match 3: France v Portugal

Friday 3 April

  • 17.00 - Match 4: Ireland v Germany
  • 18.30 - Match 5: Great Britain v Portugal
  • 20.00 - Match 6: Lithuania v France

Saturday 4 April

  • 9.30 - Match 7: Portugal v Ireland
  • 11.00 - Match 8: Great Britain v Lithuania
  • 12.30 - Match 9: Germany v France
  • 16.30 - Match 10: Lithuania v Portugal
  • 18.00 - Match 11: Great Britain v Germany
  • 19.30  -Match 12: France v Ireland

Sunday 5 April

  • 9.30 - Match 13: Ireland v Lithuania
  • 11.00 - Match 14: Germany v Portugal
  • 12.30 - Match 15: France v Great Britain

(*Subject to change)

Delivering the event is a tried and tested partnership between British Swimming, Swim England, WASA, Scottish Swimming, Manchester City Council, City of Manchester Water Polo Club and GLL, the facility management team.