Aston University’s water polo team have had to end their season and plan big changes for next season.
Team Captain Alex Cash had huge plans for the team to compete in future BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions, but has had to put those on hold due to coronavirus.
This also meant he was unable to be captain for a full season.
“My term is coming to an end, we have already selected a new captain. It’s a shame its all ended now, because I had a few plans,” said Alex.
He claimed this season was all about transition and preparation for next year competition, because the team is not currently competitive.
“My year as captain was making the team and then setting them up for next year, because we have had really bad recruitment in the past,” Alex said in response to his role as captain when the team was all together.
As part of preparation for this, Alex successfully applied for assistance via a bursary from Swim England, the sport’s national governing body.
The money was due to go towards a tournament featuring the university’s alumni.
They also wanted to buy new kit and equipment, however this would have to be shipped from America and due to the lock down, the team will have to wait even longer.
“I was coaching the team, so we had no issues with coaches not being funded,” said Alex in regulars to the striking at the university
Even though Alex will not be the captain going into the new season, he is still determined to fulfil his captain role throughout the lock-down and the rest of the year.
Alex spoke about future arrangements post lock down. He said: “I’m going to have a few meetings with the committee, because i was going to try and go down searching to see how we could apply for BUCS new year, because i think we would have enough players,”
As well as being part of the university team Alex also plays for Boldmere Water Polo.
Normally the team competes in a local midland league. The season starts in April, but due to the virus all matches have been postponed.
However, Alex believes the committee in charge may just get cancel the season all together – it remains unresolved.
Alex has encouraged his teammates to maintain their fitness during the lock down.
He added: “Its annoying not the be able to go into the pool, but I’ve been doing running instead… if you can keep your cardio up your swimming should be fine.”