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                 Royal Appointment for water polo boys
Players and staff from Bolton School were thrilled to represent water polo and demonstrate their expertise
to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, during his royal visit to Merseyside.
Visiting Guinea Gap Leisure Centre in Wallasey, the Duke of Cambridge, who is the Patron of English Schools’ Swimming, met members of the British Sub Aqua Club, Swim England and Wallasey Swimming Club before being introduced to former Bolton School Water Polo
Hope for Grenfell Tower survivors and helpers
 Coach Hayden Howard, who is now President of English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) and Andy McGinty, current Head of Water Polo at Bolton School.
Three Bolton School pupils also chatted to the Prince on the side of the pool – captain Harrison Barker- Smith and top training attendees, Andy Mattison and Tom Yates.
The Prince then dropped the ball into the water and watched Bolton School squad players, comprising Y9-Y13 boys, play an exhibition match.
The staff at Moulsford Prep School, Oxfordshire, hosted the newly- formed Grenfell Athletic Football Club last month (September), for their  rst warm up friendly match before starting in the leagues. A memorable match was played, with plans afoot to make it an annual  xture at Moulsford.
Grenfell AFC has been formed with the help of The Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), which is a charity whose of ces are based near the foot of the Grenfell Tower, which was so tragically engulfed by  ames on 14th June 2017. The team’s formation is a long-term project for this West London community, using the facilities and resources of the RPT. Its aim is to support survivors from Grenfell as well as RPT helpers
in a positive way, promoting a healthy lifestyle and offering an opportunity for players to socialise and have a change of scene from the local area for Away matches. Moulsford was delighted to provide that  rst Away match venue, and to welcome all the players to its Thames-side pitches.
For this inaugural match at Moulsford, each team had around 14 players, to allow for substitutions and to try out different formations. There was a good turn out from
the Moulsford staff, including Headmaster Ben Beardmore-Gray who took up the referee’s whistle. Grenfell went away deserved winners, with the match  nishing 5 goals to 2.
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