We are pleased to announce the first beginners tournament! on the 28th of January, 6 teams will be able to come and join us for a one off tournament aimed at learning, and improving canoe polo. Teams will be allowed to play one 'coach'. This player is someone who will be competing in one of the divisional leagues. If participants are unsure of their roll, or wish not to be pushed in, they can wear a bib and it will be a foul to push this player. The coach will not be allowed to wear a bib. We will also be using a size 4 ball (smaller) to make things easier.
This event will cost £100 per team, and entries must be in by the 18th of December. You can find the entry forms here. We look forward to seeing you there!
We look forward to seeing everyone at their next tournaments.
Canoe Polo is one of the many disciplines of canoeing persued in the UK, known simply as "polo" by its afficionados. 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.
2015/16 Season Round Up
Last year the Polo committee organised 4 leagues with 30 teams competing from across Scotland. Indoor tournaments took place at the Olympia Pool in Dundee. Outdoor tournaments held at Pinkston Watersports Centre
- Div 1 – 1st Titan Canoe Club. 2nd- Kelpies
- Div 2 – 1st Edinburgh Napier Canoe Club. 2nd Glasgow University Canoe Club – both promoted to div 1
- Div 3 – 1st Deveron Canoe Club. 2nd Highland Canoe Club – both promoted to div 2
- Div 4 – 1st Glasgow Kayak Club. 2nd Drumchapel and Clydebank Canoe Club – both promoted to div 3
A full list of results and standing from 2015/2016 can be found here.
Once on the League Republic website, you can swicth between seasons using the dropdown box below the home button, and change the League using the fixture group dropdown. Finally, to see individual game scores, hover over the 'Matches' tab, and click results.
We continue to support the development of the sport and currently this is focused in the North. We currently have on loan all of the SCA polo equipment and two sets of our floating goals to clubs based in Banff and Inverness. These clubs have grown in participation and have also hosted 2 outdoor tournaments in the north.
Centrally throughout the summer we have evening sessions on a Thursday 7-9pm at Pinkston Paddle Sports Centre, Glasgow aimed Div 2/3/4 paddlers. There are also sessions on a Wednesday night at Lochore Meadows beginning at 6.30.
There are currently three Scottish players competing in the GB squads. Alison Brown and Bethan Dean compete with the senior ladies team, and Poppy Croal competes with the under 21's Ladies team. Both of these teams competed at the European Championships last year, with the Senior Ladies finishing 5th, and the u21 Ladies finishing 4th in their respective divisions.
There is also a club who currently has teams entered in division 2 North and division 3 North in England.
There are internationally agreed rules for the game, World and European Championships are held every two years.
Scotland currently has 4 leagues running throughout the winter season.