Established in Cape Town 2010 by coaches Grant Mackenzie and Paul Martin.
The Water Polo Academy specialises in small group training, which focuses on developing athlete’s individual skills, strength and basic understanding of the game. Training is offered all year round, with emphasis being placed on different aspects of the game depending on the season.
Term 1 and 4 training is all about developing understanding the game. The sessions comprise primarily of game time and various scenarios are looked at each week.
Term 2 is generally a skills based season. After coming off a long school polo term, we focus on basic ball handling, passing and shooting drills. This is considered an “off season” and the more time spent with a ball in hand the better.
Term 3 is taken as the lead up to the new school and provincial season. Here the Academy conducts various water polo assessments – including swimming with and without the ball, treading with and with out the ball, vertical and horizontal leg strength as well as passing and shooting assessments. These results are used as the base for each individual player to measure themselves on moving forward. The assessment is redone towards the end of term in order to establish the progression made by the individuals.
Although the sessions are all based on group training, it is up to each individual player to make the most of the extra time spent in the water at The Water Polo Academy. Private as well as small group (2-6 players) are available as well as position specific training at an additional cost.
Grant has coached various provincial teams over the past 13 years, in both Schools and Senior Ladies teams.
His approach to coaching is: “keep it simple and stick to the basics”. He coaches with passion and gives of his best at all times, whether it is with the u8 boys and girls or his provincial teams. Grant believes the best way to learn is from your players and always going back to the beginning.
Grant believes that practices need to be structured, simple and have a focus. At the end of every practice, make sure you have achieved what you planned. “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Mobile: 083 454 2725
Matt has been coaching water polo at various levels and age groups since 2008. He is currently the Master in Charge of Water at Reddam House Constantia, Cape Town. He also coaches various teams at Reddam as well as numerous WP Schools girls teams.
His approach to coaching is – Keep it simple and make sure the players have fun.
Mobile: 082 953 5046