New e-learning platform for Coaches and Officials

Water Polo Australia (WPA) together with the State Associations are pleased to unveil the new e-learning platform ‘The Learning Pool’ which will deliver WPA’s new education framework and development pathway via accreditations and courses for coaches, referees, officials, administrators and players.

The soft launch of The Learning Pool is the first instalment of the Water Polo Australia digital strategy designed to improve member services across the country.

Working with industry experts in e-learning, ‘etainu’, The Learning Pool offers modern and current education techniques, combining online modules with pool-side workshops and practical assessments.

WPA CEO Christian Renford said this first stage of the new digital platform was a result of feedback across the sport, including consultation with experts within water polo and State Associations, as well as members’ feedback.

“Stakeholders within our sport recognised the need to increase the number of trained coaches, referees, volunteers and administrators at all levels of the game,” said Renford.

“The new education framework will allow for Water Polo Australia to bring the sport in line with other national sporting organisations with a streamlined accreditation system.

“This first phase focuses on new community-level courses. What we will be working on over the coming months is introducing more levels and courses, and transitioning all coaches and officials into the new system.

“It will then allow us to build standards for our competitions across the country with minimum accreditation requirements and professional development opportunities.

“As with all new technology systems, we are expecting a few bumps but we want your feedback as we continue to build and expand the system for the sport.” he said.

Renford also went on to extend a large thank you to the members of the water polo community and subject matter experts who were consulted and contributed to the development of the new framework and course content.

The Learning Pool

Phase 1: September 2017 – Community Courses – aimed at beginners and those new to coaching and officiating

Phase 2: December 2017 – Development Courses*

Phase 3: April 2018 – Advanced Courses*

Phase 4: June 2018 – Elite Courses*

*Subject to change

What should coaches and officials do?

 New Water Polo coaches and officials should sign up to The Learning Pool – click here.

Existing coaches and officials should keep an eye on the Water Polo Australia website for announcements as to when the next phase will be released and you can commence transitioning.

Transition for current accreditations and future RPL

The changes to the water polo education framework means that there is an opportunity for up-skilling and training for everyone, accessible anywhere/anytime.

A 12-month transition period from September 2017 to September 2018 will be put in place to give everyone time to become familiar and accredited within the new system and accreditation levels as they become available.

For more info:

To provide feedback:

Holly Tyrrell

National Development Manager