As part of the promotion of Women’s Canoe Polo and encouragement for greater participation in
our country, we are looking to gauge the level of interest in a Women’s Only Tournament on a
weekend in May or June 2019.
Purpose: Solely be to promote Women’s Canoe Polo with a view to increasing the level of interest
in women playing and also developing towards better ability polo. Proposed Venue: Collingwood Dock in Liverpool, at the FOA Liverpool, 3-pitch site.
Player Level: The event would be aimed at a broad level of ability, including developing players
from clubs and universities, through to National Div 1 standard. The key to participation would be a
keenness to play, but also the motivation to develop to be the best player you can be! The only
requirement would be that candidates would need to be comfortable in exiting a kayak capsize in
open water. Players would be welcome on a team or individual basis. Programme: Alongside a typical tournament format, the intention is to integrate coaching sessions
covering the development of core boat, ball and paddle skills, along with game tactics that can be
transferred to the tournament matches.
With sufficient interest and support, it may also be possible to run a Refereeing and Coaching
Course parallel to the weekend’s canoe polo and games activities.
If this is to be seen to be successful, the support of the more experienced D1 players plus any club
coaches would be invaluable. Any offers of support can get in touch using the details below:
Provisional Administration and Arrangements
Venue: Collingwood Facility, Regent Road, Liverpool 3, L3 OAH
When: To be Confirmed but Likely May/June 2109
Cost: The fee would be inclusive of overnight accommodation in a local scout hut if
so desired, a Saturday evening meal at a local carvery, and also includes
Sunday breakfast cereals and toast.
Kit Participants need to ensure they have sufficient personal paddling kit to cover the weekend.
Qualification Minimum Age 13 years.
For further information, and to register your interest, please get in touch:
Dependant on the interest we shall hold an introductory weekend for those wishing to participate with the Great Britain Canoe Polo Academy on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October at the Collingwood Liverpool Canoe Polo facility. The weekend will consist of a number of assessments of the individual’s personal core skills, fitness and gameplay. The aim of the academy is to promote wider participation in Youth Polo at the same time providing a potential pathway to the Great Britain Squads.
The British National Championships took place at the Canoe Polo home venue pitches (HPP) in glorious sunshine. The National Champs run slightly differently to most standalone tournaments, instead of divisions of competition based on a perceived standard all clubs enter the same league. This affords div 3 teams the opportunity to play against the top sides in the country!
An Open, Women’s and Youth league were run with the winning team in the Open and Women’s league set to gain a qualification spot for the European club championships (to be held at the same venue September 8th/9th). In the Youth league, Ulster were on a mission to retain their title and were pushed to the wire in a high scoring end to end final with Viking. Ulster managed to pull away in the final minutes and hold out for the victory. In the Women’s league with FOA (Friends of Allonby) not defending their 2017 title Meridian were the favourites having come runner-up in the Winter National league. In a round robin format, they were challenged by Aberfan and the Red Lions and came through on the right side of tight results to secure the Women’s title. In the Open League the first few games led to some entertaining fixtures! A particular highlight was seeing the Aberfan side – a mixture of youth and more seniors players – score twice against our winter national league champions Kingston. At the end of the competition, there were some fierce encounters with the ECC spot up for grabs. FOA avenged their winter league loss to Kingston by putting them out in the semi-final and Dragon’s defence edged them past Pennine. Youth trumped experience in the final with FOA pulling away to a 4:0 win.
Apart from the weather catching quite a few paddlers short of sunscreen, it was a fantastic weekend. The National Championships and it’s 46 years of history is firmly back on the Calendar!
As part of its ongoing development initiatives, the Academy will look to host an open age women’s only weekend at its Collingwood venue in late September. In hosting the weekend the primary objective is to initially gauge the interest in women wishing to aspire to and develop towards future participation in
national leagues polo, to then assess the candidate’s potential to develop further thereafter. The invitational notice with more detail will be published at a later date, but the planned activities over the weekend will progressively address both the individual and team core game skills. In terms of competency as a minimum candidates will need to be comfortable in exiting a kayak capsize in open water.
Congratulations to Kingston A and Friends of Allonby our 2018 Open and Ladies national league champions!
They both automatically qualify for the European Club Championships being hosted at Nottingham later this year.
The final two places are still up for grabs at the National Championships – entries close this weekend! Current entry list and camping info (updated 28/03/2018):
Open: Ulster, Bristol Penguins, Bridgend Sharks, Blackwater Valley, East End, Kingston A, Trentham, Aberfan, Pennine, Cherwell.
Ladies: Aberfan, Meridian, Ulster.
Youth: Viking, Bridgend, Ulster A, Ulster B, Kingston.
Camping will be at the main HPP campsite: you will have to book in for a pitch, direct through the HPP booking site is likely to be easiest: https://www.nwscnotts.com/nwsc/camping-pitches. Please do so in advance to avoid disappointment!
We have secured the Rugby Ground (across from the campsite) as a Saturday night social space/bar 🎉.
The British Championship returns with a place at the 2018 European Club Champs on the line! 🇬🇧
The winners of all three league will receive the National Championship trophies. The winners of the Ladies and Open leagues will gain a qualification place for the 2018 European Club Champs to be held in Nottingham.
The competition format will be determined after the entries have been taken, captains will be informed by email in advance.
Payment is to be made online to:
Name: BCU Canoe Polo Committee
Account number: 67085962
Sort code: 60-02-35
Please enter “NC_clubname” + “_Y” or “_W” or “_O” for youth / women / open entry so we can identify payments easily.
We want you to dig out your pencil and paper and help design a logo for the 2018 European Club Championships to be held at our home venue in Nottingham. ✏️ You can enter any design, but those that follow these guidelines are more likely to be successful:
• Instantly recognisable as Canoe Polo (ball and kayak element)
• Dynamic (exciting!)
• Use of Blue and Red, but would print well in Black and White
Here are the logos from the last 2 years for inspiration. Please email your submissions, whether a sketch or a fully vectored file to Publicity@canoepolo.org.uk! Entries will close by on the 11th February.