Thursday, February 13, 2014 Scotland is ready to welcome the elite of water polo in 2014 The elite of water polo will fight for the Commonwealth title, amongst them the Scottish Women's team (photo: Ian MacNicol) The British Water Polo League comes to Edinburgh on weekend of 18-19 October. Watch all the action for free at the RCP in Edinburgh (photo: Ian MacNicol) The Championships follow the successful events held in Manchester in 2002 and Perth, Australia in 2006. (photo: Ian MacNicol) “This will be a tremendous boost for the sport in Scotland, showcasing some of the world’s best players. There has been great effort from all stakeholders to stage these Championships. I am looking forward to an exciting event, which will be another milestone to establish the sport in the Commonwealth Games programme in the future.” Ken Fussell, Chair of Scottish Water Polo 2014 is an exciting year already, but we add even more to that! The Commonwealth Water Polo Championships 2014 will be held in Aberdeen from Saturday 5 until Saturday 12 April 2014. As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the competition will feature eight nations competing in Scotland, where water polo originated in the late 19th Century. Seven men’s and six women’s teams will compete at the new Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village, Scotland’s newest world-class aquatics facility, ahead of its opening in Spring 2014. More information about the event can be found online at www.scottishswimming.com/cwpc2014. The Championships follow the successful events held in Manchester in 2002 and Perth, Australia in 2006. The men’s competition will feature Scotland, England, Wales, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand and Malta, while the women’s competition will welcome Scotland, Canada, England, Wales, South Africa and Singapore. Men's water polo was among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic Games in 1900. Both men’s and women’s competitions have been a sell-out at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Ken Fussell, Chair of Scottish Water Polo and organiser of the event, is thrilled about hosting the Championships in Scotland: “This will be a tremendous boost for the sport in Scotland, showcasing some of the world’s best players. There has been great effort from all stakeholders to stage these Championships. I am looking forward to an exciting event, which will be another milestone to establish the sport in the Commonwealth Games programme in the future.” Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said, “The Commonwealth Water Polo Championships is an exciting addition to the 2014 events calendar and will extend the benefits of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in this momentous year for Scotland. It is only fitting that a water polo championship returns to the land of its origins in what is our Homecoming Year and as well as celebrating Scotland’s sporting heritage, these Championships will create a world stage for home-grown athletes and showcase a new state of the art centre for swimming. The Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village is a fantastic facility and will provide an inspiring arena for athletes and spectators alike.” David Beattie, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village, hopes that hosting the competition in the new Aquatics Centre will give a boost to the facility and particularly the sport of water polo in Aberdeen. He said: “Aberdeen Sports Village is delighted to host the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships at the new Aquatics Centre. We have worked closely with all our partners during each phase of the building process and securing high calibre competitions such as these go to highlight the capabilities of the Centre. We are confident that the Centre will prove to be a popular facility for the people of the North East and we look forward to attracting many more international competitions.” Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Jenny Laing said: “We are looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships, which will be the first major event at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre. By working with partner organisations we want to help extend the benefits and opportunities offered by the Commonwealth Games to communities in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. “By holding the championships here in Aberdeen we will showcase our ability and indeed Scotland’s to host major sports events on the international stage. It will be fabulous to see the teams and supporters from the Commonwealth here in the city as it will encourage a better understanding and appreciation of other countries in the Commonwealth and offer the chance to further develop international links. “I would encourage young people, local citizens and folk from further afield to come along, cheer on Scotland and adopt another team too, and enjoy what is going to be a very exciting event.” And the good news don't stop here: The preliminaries will be un-ticketed and free of charge, while tickets for the finals on Saturday 12 April will be available in advance online or at the day. To register interest for tickets go to www.scottishswimming.com/cwpc2014. The official hashtag for the event is #cwpc2014. The event is supported by Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen City Council, Homecoming Scotland, Scottish Swimming, British Swimming and Commonwealth Games Scotland.