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Bolton School Presence on ESSA Squad in Malta

Monday, 07 November 2016

Over the half term break, Bolton School water polo players Jos Winstanley and Jack Phillips, both in Year 11, joined the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) Water Polo U16 squad. They were two of just three players picked for the boys’ squad from the North West.

The Head Coach for ESSA was Boys’ Division Head of Chemistry Dr Mike Yates, who also helps to coach the Bolton School water polo teams. The Assistant Coach was Stephen Walsh, an Old Boy who has gone on to become aquatics coach at Manchester Grammar School.

The ESSA U16 squad and their coaches travelled to Malta to take part in the Exiles International Tournament, which was held in October. The ESSA boys' squad won their opening match against Livorno 10-9 and drew their second against the Malta Exiles with a final score of 8-8. They narrowly lost their final match of the competition against home team Malta 8-10.

Following the Exiles International Tournament, the ESSA squad remained in Malta for a further three days of training, with games against local Maltese clubs.

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The ESSA U16 boys, including Bolton School pupils Jack and Jos

The ESSA U16 boys, including Bolton School pupils Jack and Jos

The ESSA boys and girls squads with their coaches, including Dr Yates and Old Boy Stephen Walsh

The ESSA boys and girls squads with their coaches, including Dr Yates and Old Boy Stephen Walsh