Q. Our club hasn’t played canoe polo before, can we enter the league?
Yes, the sole purpose of these leagues is to get more people and more clubs enjoying canoe polo. Division 4 has been designed with this in mind, to provide entry level canoe polo competition for clubs and individuals new to the sport. Canoe polo equipment can be loaned to teams for use in our tournaments upon request.
Q. I’m not part of a club or team, how can I find people to play polo with?
Check out our Regional Clubs page to see a list of who plays polo near you, if we have their website address or contact details there should be a link to it.
Q. What are the tournament Dates?
All the pool dates have been booked, they have been booked with the National League dates, by the same people, so they will not clash. They are not yet being released, as its expected we may have to shuffle a few dates around to accommodate all requests. If you have some dates that you do not what to attend, for whatever reason, please include the dates on your entry form and well do our best to work around them.
Q. Who has set up this league?
Manchester Wildcatz as a club, with support from NW Paddlesport and the National Canoe Polo Committee have set up this league. It is hoped that the leagues will provide a framework for a regional canoe polo committee, which will eventually take responsibility for the leagues. This accompanying website has also been created to represent canoe polo as a sport in north west & central England and north Wales.
Q. Why North West and Central?
Both regions on their own do not poses a large enough number of teams to run separate league structures. The merging of the regions creates a large & varied league capable of running 4 separate divisions. In this way, it is possible that teams will face new opponents that play in a different area group in the National League. It is our intention to split Division 4 into two local divisions when there are enough teams to warrant this.
Q. Does every player need to have BCU Comprehensive Membership.
No, Unlike National Leagues and other regional leagues, the North West and Central regional league is being run by a club which already has existing insurance arrangements in place though the BCU membership.
Q. Do we need to have qualified referees?
For Division 1 we would like at least a G3 referee to attend. Each team is required to provide a referee to referee after their games. For Div2-4 this does not need to be a qualified referee. Their will be a referee course run for the region at least every 2 years.
Q. How many teams can we have in each division
Each club can have two teams in each division. Some clubs may prefer to do this as it makes things easier in terms of logistics. Its recommend for university clubs and clubs with large youth and novice players.