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:

Summer League Announcement!

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🌞 The new Summer League will take the ranking of all entered teams attending British Summer Competitions:

National Championships
Hull International
Liverpool International 
London International
British Open
Welsh Open

Points will be awarded from your 3 best results as a team, with 1000 points awarded for the team in 1st place, and descending points for every team based on the number of entries at each competition.

Teams can be made up of a maximum of 10 players over the summer tournaments. However, players are free to play for more than one team during the season.

It’s FREE to enter your team into the League this season (you will still need to pay the individual tournament fees).

Entry form:

National League Champions 2018

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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):

Current entries:
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: 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 🎉.

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.