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Water Polo Canada – (OTTAWA, January 13, 2016) – The Domestic Development Financial Assistance Program (“DDFAP”), launched a few months ago, has revealed the initial twelve (12) grassroots project that will receive funding from Water Polo Canada for the current program year.

The purpose of the DDFAP is to provide financial assistance and service support to clubs and Provincial Water Polo Associations (“PSO”) in some of their already existing initiatives as well as springboard the development of new initiatives benefiting the sport.

The DDFAP analysed and selected the most deserving projects submitted before the deadline and which impacted at least one of the three targeted areas of domestic activities:  Children’s water polo programs for 12 and under (7 funded projects in Q1), Referee training and evaluation (2 funded projects), or Coach training and evaluation (3 funded projects).


The selected initiatives hail from communities across the countries and their total projected reach is over 2200 individuals (athletes, coaches, referees). Organizations on the receiving end of the program were quick to show appreciation for the opportunity the DDFAP creates.


“The Water Polo Canada DDFAP grants to three organizations in our province will not only assist in bringing introductory programs to youth that have never tried the sport but, just as importantly, they will help create sustainable programs through training new coach champions to bring the sport to their regions.  We are truly excited that this program helps us kick off our program of aquatic literacy through sport,“ said David Soul, Executive Director of the British Columbia Water Polo Association.


The DDFAP funded projects for Q1 are as follow:



$ Approved

Project Description


 $     1,500.00

Trial program for elementary school children in developing regions


 $     1,500.00

12U Winter Provincial League

Markham Water Polo

 $         750.00

Intro to Water Polo Program (5-12 year olds)

Shadow Water Polo

 $         750.00

Intro to Water Polo Program           

Guelph Water Polo

 $         200.00

Purchase junior size balls for U10 program

Surrey Orcas Water Polo

 $     1,000.00

Intro to water polo school program

Bushido Water Polo

 $         750.00

Intro to water polo program: 5-11 year olds

DDFAP funded projects for Q1 (continued)




Club Water Polo Gatineau

 $         835.00

Regional referee development program

Capital Wave

 $     1,000.00

Regional referee training and certification for 13 competitive athletes





 $         750.00

Community coach training for developing regions intro to water polo program

Toronto Water Polo

 $     1,200.00

Competitive coach course

Club de Water Polo Saint-Lambert

 $     1,200.00

Competitive coach course and evaluations

Total confirmed funding (Q1)

 $   11,435.00




Water polo clubs and Provincial Sport Organizations had until November 30, 2015 to submit their projects as part of Q1 of the program and the national federation has subsequently allocated over $11 000.


The global envelope for the program this year amounts to $30,000 and next deadline for submissions in Q2 is set for February 29, 2016.


Access more details of the program and approved projects by visiting the DDFAP at


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For further information and media requests, please contact:
Pascale Beaudoin, Water Polo Canada Communications, (514) 758-7472,


About Water Polo Canada

Water Polo Canada is the National Sport Federation and governing body for the sport of water polo in Canada.  It manages the National and Olympic Teams as well as the domestic development plan. (