Former ASA President Mike Glover, one of the most influential figures in British water polo for more than 30 years, died yesterday at his Manchester home following a long illness. His many achievements included the successful role of tournament director at the European Championships in Sheffield in the 1980s; a stint as GB women’s coach; plus, of course, being the driving force behind the creation of the City of Manchester water polo set-up.
Mike’s coaching career began when, as a teacher at Plant Hill School, Manchester, his team won the national schools’ under-16 title. He then began coaching at Bolton School, where a succession of national schools’ titles followed. His ties to the school remained for the rest of his life – his ASA President’s Jacket is still proudly displayed there.
As a player, Mike was a rugged, left-handed forward who spearheaded the Plant Hill team that took part in the former men’s National League in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was a Life Member of the British League.
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The City of Manchester Water Polo Club is one of the most recently successful Water Polo clubs in the UK. We compete in the British Water Polo league and all ASA National Age Group championships. The club runs Senior, Junior and Academy squads for men and women. The squads enjoy excellent training facilities at Manchester Aquatic Centre and East Manchester Leisure centre. Expert coaching is led by our Head Coach Theo Nousios, and 2017 ASA Coach of the Year, Andy McGinty supported by Dan Paddon, Izzy Howe and David Mooney. Our two Senior teams play in Division One of the British Water Polo National League.Our junior teams in lower divisions.
We are the current holders of both the 2019 - 20 Men's and Women's BWPL Division one titles. The first and only club ever to achieve this and then retain it . We currently boast Olympic and Commonwealth games players within our teams as well as players who represent their country at Senior, Junior and Academy level.
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