Development Academy Update!

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The development academy has started for 2019/20! Here is a report from the first weekend in Liverpool (Northern Academy):

Development Academy Assessments September 7th & 8th

This weekend saw the start of the annual training cycle for the Development Academy at Collingwood Dock in Liverpool. With over 50 expressions of interest received, it was set to be a very busy initial assessment event. Altogether, 47 attendees drawn from 15 Clubs from all over the Country attended. Of these, at least 24 were new names not previously known to the Academy setup.

The weather was kind and in order to manage the numbers, the attendees were split into two main groups, which alternated their time on the two pitches over the two days.

Four on the water sessions were held each day per group. Structured off the water time consisted of introduction to tactics, briefings, land-based ball work, paddling technique on ergo machines and breaks.  Initial assessments were made of each participant covering core paddling and ball handling skills and progressed to possession and basic tactics, building through into scenarios and full game sessions to finish the weekend.

Thanks again to FOA for hosting and continuing to accommodate the Academy and allow the use of club facilities. The club has recently undergone a major development at the site and is now able to provide extra space, meeting rooms, tea and coffee and changing facilities as well as pitchside viewing under shelter for all the supporting parents and adults.

The paddlers as part of their attendance fee are provided with a hot meal on the Saturday evening at a local Carvery, accommodation is available for participants at a local Scout hut and a basic breakfast on the Sunday morning is also provided.  The event size meant over 65 attended the evening meal with participants, parents and coaches all eating together.

The Academy is scheduled to meet once a month and during the Winter when the weather turns inclement, it is planned to hold a number of sessions at a local Leisure Centre making use of a sports hall and swimming pool.

A final thank you to all the Coaching team, adult volunteers at the club, as well as parents for bringing our youngsters to these events, without whom they would not take place.

Let’s hope this year continues to build on the success of bringing our young paddlers on in their Polo Development. After being established for around five years, it was very pleasing to see that out of the 32 players in the 4 GB teams that competed and did so well at the recent European Championships in Coimbra, we can now say that 17 of these came through the Academy here at Liverpool.

National League Entries Open 2019/20

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Please enter your sides for the 2019-20 National league!

Entry form:


Provisional dates (finalised dates with timings will go on


2018/19 roster:

Entry deadline (including payment): 31/08/2019

Costs are down across Div1-4 this season due to the use of cost-effective pools. Class 1 and 2 costs are additionally lower due to using Nottingham for Seeding but Leeds pool costs (50m) have gone up £300 per booking. Savings on last year: Div 1 £100, Div 2 £55, Div 3 £10, Div 4 £20.
We strongly encourage Youth entries as we continue to try and re-invigorate the league.

Welsh International Entries Open

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Hi All

Please find enclosed the official entry for the 24th Welsh Open Canoe Polo Tournament to be held 3rd & 4th August 2019.

Our venue is a 5mins drive from the M4 in Newport. We have free parking, camping, hard standing parking, a marquee with refreshments and pitches all on one site. There is also electric hook up both on the campsite and the hard-standing area should you require it (but must be booked in advance as is limited) on a “pay as you use basis

more info will follow in due course

The full address for the venue is:

Cwm Hedd Lakes

Croesheolydd Farm,



South Wales

NP10 8RW

Please note the closing date for entries is 10th July 2019

Entry fee is £85.00 Sterling

Please note even if you have paid an entry fee and submitted an entry form it does not guarantee your team a place in the tournament we will email you at the close of entries to confirm your place.

If you have more than one team in your club please forward this information onto the respective team captains.

To Note Dragon Canoe Club reserve the right to move teams around should there be insufficient numbers in any division .

Hope to see you all there

John Morris Dragon Canoe Club

British Open Entries Now Open!

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The British Open returns! The last summer tournament of the year. New shower and toilet facilities now on site.

Date: 14-15th September
Location: British Canoeing Canoe Polo pitches, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12 2LD

Open (1, 2, 3): £100
Ladies: £100
Youth: £50 (paddler’s 18th Birthday falls in 2019 or younger)

League preferences will be taken into account, the leagues and competition format will be determined after the entries have been taken, captains will be informed by email in advance.

*NEW ACCOUNT* Payment is to be made online to:
Bank: Barclays
Name: BC Canoe Polo Committee
Account number: 90923427
Sort code: 20-63-33
Please enter “BO clubname” + “Y” or “W” or “O” for youth / women / open entry so we can identify payments easily.

Event entry form:

Facebook Event:

Deadline for entries: 4th August

Development Academy Blog 29/05/19

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April saw the first month of Academy without the use of the pool. Unfortunately, it also saw the full force of Storm Hannah on saturday which meant it was not safe to use the water for most of the day. This led to the children watching videos to help them understand tactics. The team that was being entered in the Charleroi tournament then fabloned their boats and sorted their BAs out. Late afternoon saw a drop in wind & rain and the more experienced paddlers were allowed on the dock but it was deemed still too choppy for the younger children so they did some fitness, ball & paddle skills. Sunday was much nicer weather and focus was on paddling, mainly match play and preparation for the Charleroi tournament.

June’s weather was much kinder to the 30 attendees with Saturday mornings land-based warm up being bright and sunny, which continued with a water based warm-up of ‘Trains’ in groups of 6 making full use of the long open dock. This was followed with the usual Pass &Move exercise and 3-1 Defence. 2nd session of the day was fitness training with pitch length sprints with 360& 180 turns thrown in !! in other words ‘Hammond/Clyde’ races. The first day was finished off with some games of 6 teams of similar ability matches.

This months carvery meal saw a record number of children as well as parents taking advantage of the eat as many vegetables as you like! These evening meals provide a fantastic opportunity for the children to socialise together, have fun and build their friendships (and the parent groups likewise)

Sunday morning started off a bit wet (not that the kids were troubled by that) with MORE ‘Hammond/Clyde’ races using both pitches at the same time (but width ways) as a warm-up. As the day went on the weather improved and so did the joviality of the kids. Spirits were running high and this led to some great team matches at the end of the day with the Team entering the Liverpool International tournament this weekend coming, playing together against the other teams. The weekend was finished off with the usual debrief by all the coaches and targets for the children to aim for.

FOA has been working hard on improving their facilities at the Dock. In the past, the Scuba diving club has allowed the Academy to use their changing rooms and shower areas, but FOA are working towards having their own self-contained area and have obtained some containers which the members have transformed into a covered viewing area for parents to watch training sessions from. These also include male/female changing rooms with a view to fit showers/toilets and a mini Gym at a later date. One area has been set aside as a lecture room/ kitchen and social area. There will also be a new perimeter fence and entry gate which obviously adds to the safety of the children.

None of this could happen if it wasn’t for Mike and the coaches giving up their weekends and the parents would like to say a Massive Thank You for all they do to help the children progress their polo skills. The academy seemingly also works so well because the players, parents adults albeit that they come from a number of different clubs countrywide all seem to see themselves working towards and in support of the self-same objectives.

 Written by Su Morris and photos By Cliff Webb