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/

British National Championship 2018 – Report

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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!

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European Club Championship qualifiers: Women – FOA and Meridian, Men – Kingston and FOA

Development Academy – Women’s Weekend

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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.

*Applications in by the 1st August 2018 please

More information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3HUJ8VLSJ4PZ3FVLVUxdHhPNnN0NlZ1WUFmZmNTLXBuUW5V/view?usp=sharing