Canoe Polo is the fastest growing competitive canoeing discipline not only in the UK but also worldwide. Fabulous to play, and full of spectator interest, Canoe Polo combines paddling and ball handling skills within an exciting contact team game where tactical and positional play are a fascinating ingredient of this thoroughly entertaining sport.
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 paddlers on the pitch at any one time, compete to score goals in their opponent’s net which are suspended 2 metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle. Canoe Polo pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water.
There are internationally agreed rules for the game; World and European Championships are each held every two years. Great Britain is currently the one of the world's foremost Polo nations as our Women's and Under 21 Men’s Teams are both the current World Champions
There is a full National League structure in this country for Open, Ladies, and Under 18 categories, and many BCU Regions organise local Polo Leagues. Please contact your BCU Regional Secretary or the Canoe Polo Committee Email, for details please visit the Canoe Polo website.
National and Local Leagues normally run from October to April each season. The annual National Play-offs and National Club Canoe Polo Championships are also held during May/July. During the summer months a number of Canoe Clubs organise very large outdoor tournaments including the Merseyside International held in Liverpool during June, the Hull International Challenge in July, the Welsh Open held in Haverfordwest during August, and the London International which is held in September, to name a few. However, many people learn to play in a more informal way and then go on to join a Regional League or play in one of the friendly tournaments that are organised locally.
The Canoe Polo Committee's web site contains a wealth of information about the sport and is an excellent source of reference for anyone who would like to learn more about this fabulous game. Up to the minute information on all aspects of Canoe Polo, rules and listing of our committee contacts, can be found on the Canoe Polo website or by contacting the Secretary e-mail