Coach Kostas Vamvakaris insists Great Britain’s women’s water polo team head into this month’s European Championships full of belief that they can leave their mark on the competition in Budapest.
Having qualified second in Group A, Great Britain face Greece, the Netherlands and hosts Hungary when the competition gets underway on July 14.
The challenge is certainly a tricky one with Greece and Hungary having ended up with silver and bronze respectively two years ago, while the Netherlands finished one place higher than Great Britain in sixth.
But after watching his side pull off a best-ever result when they beat Spain 9-7 in Manchester back in April, Vamvakaris believes Great Britain will do more than merely make up the numbers in Budapest.
“Training is going well,” Vamvakaris said. “The team has been centralised in Manchester for the last six weeks which has been really good and meant we have had time to work on tactics and fully prepare for the tournament.
“The win against Spain in April was a huge confidence boost for the players. They feel very positive at the moment and believe in themselves which is great.”
Fran Clayton added: “We’ve been training really hard since we all got back to Manchester.
“As well as pool and gym work, we’ve also been focusing on tactics. It’s been really good to train together and we’re all hoping we can get the right results.”
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