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Water Polo Coach Receives Coach of the Year Award

Monday, 07 November 2016

Bolton School Boys’ Division Water Polo Coach Andy McGinty has won this year’s British Swimming Water Polo Coach of the Year Award. Andy divides his time between Bolton School and the City of Manchester, and has also done international duty with the ESSA national side and the GB U19 Water Polo Squad.

Over the past two years, Andy has coached the Bolton School water polo teams through defending their national titles this year, following their hat-trick victory in all three age brackets of the English Schools’ National Championships in the 2014-15 season. The U13, U15 and U17 teams all emerged victorious in their age brackets in 2016 to continue the School’s two-year winning streak. Bolton School is the only school to have held all three national ESSA titles simultaneously, and the School has successfully defended triple titles only once before.

In April this year, Andy was the Assistant Coach for the British team at the Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships 2016 qualification tournament in Turkey, following a five-day training camp in Malta. He has also previously joined up with the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) water polo squad for training camps and international tournaments.

He has now won 9 out of 12 national school competitions, including 6 out of 6 in the past two years. He has also brought his team to victory in 7 club national titles as coach with the City of Manchester Junior Men.

Speaking about this achievement, he said, “None of my achievements at School would have been possible without the help of the rest of the staff team, especially Dr Yates and Mr Teasdale. I’m really pleased to have won. It’s a real team effort and it feels like the achievements of the teams are being rewarded as well. It was also really inspiring to look around on the night and see the Olympic athletes whose achievements were recognised at the British Swimming Awards.”

Andy will continue to coach the Bolton School and his current City of Manchester teams, as well as taking on the mantle of coach for the City of Manchester senior women’s team.

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Andy receives his award at the British Swimming Awards night

Andy receives his award at the British Swimming Awards night

Andy in his role as coach

Andy in his role as coach