British National Championship 2018

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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.

Please fill in the online entry form at or alternatively fill in the paper form (download via this link: and email to

Payment is to be made online to:
Bank: Natwest
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.

Entry deadline is April 1st including payment.

Submit your European Club Championships logo design now!

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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! Entries will close by on the 11th February.

ACM – Annual Council Meeting

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This year’s ACM will be held on the 9th December at Warwick University, a short drive (or the 12X bus) from Coventry.

The ACM is our opportunity as a committee to review the last year and discuss plans for the future with players and supporters of all levels. Our sport is run by the work of a very small number of volunteers and needs greater involvement and support from the wider polo community.

There are volunteer positions up for election: the major roles this year are Chairperson and Treasurer. However, if you don’t have the time for a regular volunteering commitment, please attend this meeting to air grievances/praise so that constructive plans can be made moving forward.

We strongly encourage players and coaches of all levels to attend.

Room MS.04 in the Maths department, lunch will be provided.

The first division 1 tournament follows 3pm Coventry – giving the opportunity to watch the best teams in the country compete afterwards!

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Referee Theory Courses

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We encourage clubs or individuals looking to improve their refereeing standard or who are pushing for promotion this season to attend theory courses:

4th November grade 3/4 theory course at Cherwell: 9.30 till 4. £20 inc ref pack £12.50 without.

Contact to book on.

A practical assessment is also required, these must be actively set up by the individual by contacting a suitable assessor and matching to a suitable competition. In general practical assessments are performed over the summer, such as the availability advertised at the National Championships. Within the season assessment is possible at suitable standard (for example Div 2 practical assessment at a Div 3 competition).

The following are excerpts from the 2017/18 National League rules (currently being updated to remove playoff references and match the new formats):

Team Refereeing Commitment

Teams will be required to provide the following minimum grade of referee for all tournaments they are required to attend:

Failure to Provide a Referee

If a team is unable to provide a referee of the required grade for a given tournament, the Divisional Organiser must be notified as soon as possible.

Any team failing to provide a referee will be subject to the following sanctions:

If at least 14 days notice is given, a fine of £50;

If less than 14 days notice is given, a fine of £70;

If less than 24 hours notice, or no notice, is given, a fine of £100 – in addition the team will be reported to the Committee which may, depending on the circumstances, levy an additional fine and/or points deduction;

Where a team fails to provide a suitably qualified referee in more than one tournament they will incur a point penalty of one point for each game where they have failed to provide a qualified referee.

If a team makes no attempt to find or get one of their team qualified as a referee they will have all their points deducted for the season.

The above sanctions can be avoided by providing a suitably qualified replacement; this individual can be from another club.

Development Academy Introductory Weekend

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Dependant on the interest we shall hold an introductory weekend for those wishing to participate with the Great Britain Canoe Polo Academy on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th 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 game play. 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.

Further information and entry forms via this link:

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Polo Coaching Award Provider Applications

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Anyone interested in becoming a provider of the new polo coaching award please apply by this Monday!!

British Canoeing launched the Coach Award on the 3rd July, which aims to create discipline specific pathways across all disciplines.…/british-canoeing-laun…/

The closing date for Provider applications is this Monday (21st August) at noon. If you know of anyone who hasn’t yet applied and should, please prompt them.

Full details of the Coach Award and application process can be found here:

National League Entry – Winter 2017

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The committee has been working hard to prepare the details for the updated 2017/18 season. The greatest challenge was to manipulate the advanced pool bookings to the new formats.

First and foremost we want to take this opportunity to thank Sally and Rob for their hard work across all their seasons and especially for taking on this year’s challenge (for the last time!). Sourcing and booking all the dates is a massive undertaking every year, the national leagues would not have functioned without them. We welcome Peter Webb on board as the new National Leagues Organiser.

Online entry form:
Alternative entry document to download:…/d/0B3HUJ8VLSJ4PUEU0ZjVIUmlPTkE/

Within the form, you will see further links to the provisional league rosters and calendars, the National League rules (16/17, update coming soon) and the original restructure proposal.

Important: as significant changes are being made this season we can only truly finalise the dates and rosters (across all divisions) once entries are received. We ask for your continued patience and understanding in this transition year.

Deadline for entry including payment (£120 deposit per entry): 31/08/17. This is also the entry deadline for the National Championships weekend in September:

National Championships Sept 9th – 10th!

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This competition marks the return of the National Championship event to the British Canoe Polo Calendar! Now that we have a central permanent location we hope to grow this event into one of the highlights of the year.

The 2017 competition will have 3 leagues: 

Open: £50
Ladies: £50
Youth: FREE!

The Open league will run on a Double Elimination format leading to a grand final. The Ladies and Youth league format will be decided with the number of entries. 

The winners of all three league will receive the National Championship trophies!

Please fill in the online entry form:

Or alternatively, fill in the paper form and email to 

Payment is to be made online to:
Bank: Natwest
Name: BCU Canoe Polo Committee
Account number: 67085962
Sort code: 60-02-35

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