“The day was a big success, helped by our fantastic sponsors, the enthusiasm of the players, the spectacular venue and the sunny summer weather.”
Mr Stowell said portable Water Polo Packagoals were used to provide a high-quality experience for players. The innovative goals were simple to transport and quick to set up, making life easy for organisers, he said.
Music and enthusiastic travelling supporters helped to create a festival atmosphere that drew hundreds of local spectators throughout the day.
Packaworld Chief Executive Peter Roberts said outdoor water polo events like those run by MANUP! provided visibility for the sport and helped to grow the game.
“Craig and his team do an amazing job of showcasing the sport we all love while providing outstanding opportunities for the players to experience water polo in new and exciting locations. Outdoor and beach water polo are gaining popularity around the world and that can only be good for the indoor game as well.”
Mr Stowell said the success of the Manchester tournament would see it repeated next year.
MANUP! Water Polo is a new event series that brings water polo from the confines of indoor swimming pools into the open air.
Other MANUP! events held this year included a youth festival at Nantwich Outdoor Pool in Cheshire and an ocean tournament at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.
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