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SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo
SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo
SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo
SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo
SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo
SCA Canoe Polo


SCA Canoe Polo

2017/18 Season

After a long, polo-less summer (in Scotland at least) we are pleased to announce that the entries for the new season are now open! The same as last year, there will be competitions at the Olympia Swimming pool in Dundee, with the season culminating in the Stramash at Pinkston Watersports Centre in Glasgow. If you wish to enter a team, the entry from can be found here

We are also running the Meadies 4's tournament again this year, which is a charity tournament. As this event is for charity, the entrance fee will be an item for donation to the local foodbank in Dunfermline. This tournament will take place at Lochore Meadows, and will be a 4-a-side tournament (with the option of two subs). If you would like to take part in this fun pre-season tournament, please email the SCA polo committe ( and tell us you are coming. 


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.

Polo Events - 2016/17

Div 1

Sunday 9th October 2016     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 
Saturday 12th November 2016     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 28th January 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 18th March 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 22nd April 2017     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 
Saturday 20th May 2017     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 

Div 2

Sunday 9th October 2016     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 
Sunday 27th November     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 21st January 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 11th March 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 22nd April 2017     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 
Saturday 20th May 2017     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 

Div 3

Saturday 3rd December 2016     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 14th January 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 25th February  2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 25th March 2017     Olympia, Dundee 
Saturday 20th May 2017     Pinkston Watersport Centre, Glasgow. 


Polo Rules

The SCA Leagues - and any other SCA organised tournaments - are played to the BCU rules which are basically the ICF rules adapted to accommodate playing indoors. The BCU Polo Committee publishes these adapted rules.

Rule books can be purchased from the referee organiser at referee courses.

For the full International Canoe Federation (ICF) Rules are available on  The full ICF rules deal not only with the rules of the game - but how international tournaments are organised and administered.

Polo Committee

The committee can be contacted at 

The committee for 2018 is:

Chris Carracher - Chair interim Treasurer - End April 2020
Paul Walker - Safeguarding Officer - End April 2020
Anil Rach - End April 2021
Ross Barnie - End April 2020
Gavin MacLean - Secretary - End April 2020
Callum Shanks - End April 2021
Maxime Biret - End April 2021
Graham Swanson - Event Safety - End April 2020

Polo Venues

Olympia Dundee

This is a new venue for Scottish Polo. Division 1 and Division 2 will play in 6 lanes x 30m. Division 3 and 4 will play in 6 lanes x 25m.

Olympia Leisure Centre, 3 East Whale Lane, Dundee , DD1 3JUE: T: 01382 432300

Airthrey Loch, Stirling University

This is a great venue for outside training apart from the quality of water in the height of summer. The pitch is set up under the bridge with 2 goals. The loch is easy to access via a small pier to the side of the main University boat yard.  If any other team wishes to use this venue it is usually polite to email the facilities manager of the University letting him know

Lochore Meadows, Lochgelly, Fife

There is one permanent pitch set up at Lochore Meadows. This area is very active with outdoor events.

Glasgow Paddlesports Centre - Pinkston

This is a recently completed purpose built centre in Glasgow with facilities for up to three polo pitches as well as an artificial white water course.