Welcome to the University of London Club of the Year!
We are the only canoe/kayak club in the University of London. We train in the Student Central energybase pool, compete regularly in national leagues, university competitions across the UK (including BUCS) and even tournaments abroad. Canoe Polo is a sport for all and we always find time for a social after events!
What We Do
Canoe Polo combines paddling, ball skills and tactical play in a fast exciting game. 2 teams of 5 compete to score goals by shooting a ball at a goal frame suspended 2 meters from the water at either ends of the pitch. A player in possession of the ball may be tackled by other players and can only hold on to the ball for a maximum of 5 seconds; the ball must be dribbled or passed to other players on the team. Most of the rules concern player safety and fair play; penalties for fouls include free throws, free shots, goal penalty shots and penalty cards. The game is therefore always supervised by a referee on each side of the pitch.
Canoe polo can be played indoors in swimming pools or outdoors on any stretch of flat water such as a lake or canal. We train 3 times a week indoors (energyBase), occassionally outdoors on nearby canals and also at weekend tournaments on lakes.
The sport is considered to be one of the fastest growing sports worldwide with the British Canoe Union as our local governing body. Canoe polo is played internationally (a world games sport) and is governed by the International Canoe Federation. The club provides all the specialist equipment necessary including special composite kayaks (polo boats), spraydecks, paddles, buoyancy aids and helmets with faceguards.
When and Where We Meet
When: Every Wednesday 20:30 - 22:00 and Sunday 17:30 - 19:00. Additional Friday evening session 20:30 - 22:00 for Men's and Ladies A Teams. Every session is followed by drinks at the pub/upstairs.
Aim to arrive 20 minutes early to change and get kitted up with a club boat, paddle, helmet spraydeck and BA!
Where: Energybase Swimming Pool (Basement of the Student Central building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY)
What to bring: Old T-Shirt, swimming trunks/suit and a towel!
Who are the Coaches?
We are incredibly fortunate to have two coaches, Jean and Michael. Jean is a kayaking coach from France who he used to compete for, and Michael is our very own proud alumnus and a current member of the GB national team.
Coaching is also a team effort led by the experienced Club, Mens, Ladies and B team captains. We are also incredibly fortunate to have fantastic support from ''Old Git" alumni playing in the highest divisions.
A team: National Open Div 3 SE, Regional open Div 1 SE
Ladies A: National Ladies Div 1, Regional open Div 2 SE
B team: National Open Div 4 SE, Regional open Div 3 SE.
We compete at BUCS along with our Old Gits team and attend many other university weekend tournaments (Bath, Warwick, Bristol, Cardiff etc) throughout the year including running our own ''Paddlington''. Summer tournaments are competed at across the UK and even abroad!
BUCS Open League - 3rd
BUCS Ladies League - 1st
BUCS B League - 2nd
BUCS Old Gits - 2nd
BUCS Open League - 5th
BUCS Ladies League - 2nd
BUCS B League - 5th
BUCS Old Gits - 3rd
National League Results:
2012/13: A Team - 1st place at Open Division 4 - promotion to Division 3
2013/14: A Team - 6th place at Open Division 3
2013/14: Ladies Team - 3rd place at Ladies Division 2
2013/14: B Team - 8th place at Open Division 4
Amsterdam Tournament Division 3 - Gold medals
Liverpool Tournament Ladies League - Gold medals
Welsh Open Tournament Division 2 - Bronze medals
Paddlington Tournament Open League - Bronze (top university team)
Paddlington Tournament Ladies League - Gold medals
Bath University Tournament Open League - Bronze medals
Warwick University Tournament Open League - 4th place
Bristol University Tournament Open League - Gold medals
Bristol University Tournament B League - Silver medals
Cardiff University Tournament Open League - Bronze medals
Cardiff University Tournament Ladies League - Gold medals
What Does It Cost?
£50 for full annual membership including pool and equipment use for all sessions. £90 membership fee for associate members.
Please note that for the 2016/17 session all members attending training sessions in Energybase facilities will be required to purchase an Energybase membership: a day pass or 1, 3 ,6 or 12 month passes are available for Full Energybase Membership (includes access to all facilities). Holders of a current club or society full membership will qualify for a half price discount on an annual pass. Alternatively a Club Only Pass is also available that permits access to Club sessions only.
Joining a Student Central club and society is the same for all clubs and societies:
- Contact your society
- Get a Student Central Card
- Sign in to the Student Central website (you will receive an activation email after getting your card)
- Purchase your membership online