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Canoe Polo

British Canoeing

Contact Name
British Canoeing
Contact Email
info@britishcanoeing.org.uk
Contact Telephone
0845 370 9500

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What is Canoe Polo?

Canoe Polo combines paddling and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game.

Canoe Polo is one of the eight disciplines of canoeing persued in the UK. Polo combines paddling and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual athletes.

The game requires excellent teamwork and promotes both general canoeing skills as well as a range of other techniques unique to the sport. Two teams each with five players on the pitch at any one time (and up to three substitutes) compete to score goals in their opponent's net which is suspended 2 metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle. Pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water.

Boats are specifically designed for Polo and are shorter (3m) than typical kayaks which gives them fantastic manoeuvrability. Paddles are very light weight and designed with both pulling power and ball control in mind. Body protection, helmets and faceguards are all compulsory.

There are internationally agreed rules for the game, World and European Championships are held every two years. Great Britain is one of the world's foremost nations, with the British men the current World Champions.

Involvement

TO find your nearest club use the British Canoeing club finder: http://www.canoepolo.org.uk/index.php/useful-info/clubs

Partners

  • Harborough District Council
    Leicester City Council
    QUEST
    Rutland County Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    East Midlands Platform
    Equality Standard
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Age UK L&R
    Safeguarding
    Blaby District Council
    Sport England
    County Sport Network
  • Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Leicestershire County Council

Partners

  • British Heart Foundation
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    Rutland County Council
  • QUEST
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Safeguarding
  • East Midlands Platform
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Harborough District Council
    County Sport Network
  • Age UK L&R
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Loughborough University
  • Sport England