Jack Playford Nominated for Sportsman of the Year – World Paddle Awards

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The World Paddle Awards nominees for 2018 were announced this morning, our very own Jack Playford has been nominated as Sportsman of the year!

It’s an enormous honour to be nominated and a fantastic testament to his hard work as part of the 2x World Championship winning 🇬🇧 U21 Men:
“Without the parents, coaches and support staff none of this would be possible. Not to mention my teammates who are crazy enough to dedicate their lives to this sport, training 24/7, with guys like them it makes winning anything possible. So, thank you!”
Please follow the link to read Jack’s citation and cast your vote!

Whilst you visit please also recognize the achievement of our 🇩🇪 Kanupolo peers. The senior men are nominated in the Team category for their clinching of the world championship for the first time whilst overcoming the emotional weight of loosing a teammate.

It’s fantastic for polo to receive these nominations, every vote will help publicize our sport to the wider paddling community.


GB Squads 2018 Signup

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As part of the GB Squads programme of development the first full Squads Weekend of the 2019 Season is to be held at Hatfield Water Park, Old Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN7 6EQ, on Saturday 3th & Sunday 4th November 2018, commencing promptly at 9.30am on Saturday and ending by 4pm on Sunday.

The weekend is open to all Polo players involved in the squads during 2018, as well as previous squad members who have been involved at any time during the last 5 years, who would like the opportunity of trying out to join one of the GB squads for the 2019 season.

Cost £70.00 per paddler.
Attendees will be reimbursed mileage costs but are expected to take all reasonable measures to minimise travel costs through car sharing.

Tea and coffee will be provided (please bring your own mug) as will an evening meal on Saturday. Please bring your own breakfast & lunch.
Paddlers will need to provide their own equipment, several changes of kit will be required.

To register your interest in attending, please complete this online form by 5th October 2018:



Pitch Rebuild

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Steve, Elan and Chris will be at Nottingham to rebuild the pitches on Monday 24th September, but they can’t do it alone!

If anyone is free to come help with this final task from the ECC champs please click attending on this event.

The pitches need to be rebuilt as soon as possible to protect the structure and allow teams to resume training use.

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British Open Summer Tournament Entry Deadline approaching!

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British Open Entry 2018
Date: 1st-2nd September
Location: British Canoeing Canoe Polo pitches, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12 2LDOpen (1, 2, 3): £100
Ladies: £100
Youth: £50 (paddler’s 18th Birthday falls in 2018 or younger)

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

Deadline: 17th August.

This is the weekend prior to the 2018 European Club Champs and will be used to trial aspects of the tournament. All volunteers welcome!


Future Volunteer Leaders!

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British Canoeing are launching an exciting new program aimed at supporting new volunteers who are interested in volunteering at a regional and national level with British Canoeing.

The Future Leaders program aspires to raise awareness of the importance of volunteer leadership in canoeing. The program will aim to identify the next generation of regional and national committee members and leaders in England as well as helping people develop their expertise and confidence through workshops, online learning, mentoring, placements and networking opportunities to allow delegates to share knowledge, experiences and solutions.

Our sport is full of a diverse range of people with a whole array of skills and experience, we’d love to encourage more people at the beginning of their volunteering journey and support more people to volunteer at regional and national levels from all backgrounds.

For more info and to apply go to: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2018/future-volunteer-leaders


Womens Development Invitational Tournament 2019

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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:


Mike Moffitt (Development Coordinator)

Development Academy Introductory Weekend 2018

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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 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.

Further details of the weekend including candidate information and sign-up can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y82f6zx2

Further details on the Development Academy can be found at: www.canoepolo.org.uk/gb/development-academy/