FAQ’s

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 tournament dates will be published when they are booked, they have been booked with the National League dates, by the same people, so they will not clash. All dates are provisional until they are confirmed by the divisonal organiser at the start of the season. 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, only National ranking events require BCU comprehensive Membership. 3rd party insrurance is required and If you are a member of a BCU affiliated club, member of a univeristy club which provides insurance, or have alternative 3rd party liability insurance you are already covered.

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.

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NWC Regional Plans for 2016

Summer tournaments, University Team opportunities, Regional AGM, Referee courses, Coaching modules etc – if any of these interest you please keep reading.

Friends of Allonby Canoe Club Liverpool  and NWC Canoe Polo Committee would like to make you aware of the following canoe polo events and activities:

27th Liverpool International Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th June at Dukes Dock Liverpool.
All abilities are catered for within a 5 pitch set up.
Entry Fee including the use of the SFX College camp site, and club bar facilities as per recent years at £75.00 per team.
Albert Dock Car Park Fees at £3.50 per car per day.
For more details and to download an entry form click Here

University Challenge Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th March at the Collingwood Club Venue Liverpool.
Dependant on the response we are prepared to host a university canoe polo challenge at our purpose built 4 pitch club
venue at the Collingwood Academy.
Entry Fee including the use of the SFX College camp site, and club bar facilities at £45.00 per team.
The venue car park is free, by arrangement boats can be stored overnight at the venue.
For more details and to download an entry form click Here

Summer League/s at the Collingwood Club Venue Liverpool in association with NWC Canoe Polo Committee
We are prepared to host the following single day summer events dates at our purpose built 4 pitch club venue at the Collingwood Academy alongside some regional development opportunities.
Summer Canoe Polo League/s dates
Sunday 12th June NWC Region AGM (more details below)
Sunday 10th July Will include a Grade 2/3/4 refs course on 9th July.
Saturday 27th August If there is interest there will also run the Canoe
Sunday 11th September Polo Bolt-on module on one of these dates.

With 4 pitch’s available we have the flexibility to host a number of different ability leagues on the same day. Some of the planned dates coincide with the development academies training weekends also held on site. They will have as many as up to 4 development teams already on site and available to play (2 teams Lower D2/Top D3 ability and 2 teams Top D4 lower D3 ability teams)
Entry Fee £30 per team per tournament. £100.00 per 1 Team for 4 Tournaments if paid in advance by the closing date.
For more details and to download an entry form click Here

NWC Regional AGM 12th June
The AGM will be held at 13:00-14:00 on Sunday 12th June during the summer league day at Collingwood Dock, no matches will be scheduled during this period and will be an opportunity for you to have a say in how your regional league and committee is managed, a more complete agenda will be circulated nearer the time but if you have anything you would like to be on the Agenda please email: Chair@nwcpololeague.co.uk

Referee Course and BC Canoe Polo Coaching Bolt on Course
We are planning to run a referee theory course on Saturday 9th July in advance of the summer league tournament the following day where practical assessments could be undertaken. To express interest in attending this course please click here

We are also planning to run the BC Canoe Polo Coach Bolt-on Module on one of the last two summer league dates (27th Aug or 11th Sep) depending on interest for each date. For this course you do not need to be a currently qualified coach, it can be done before attending a level 1 coach course.
To express interest in attending this course please click here

Development Days
Again with other supporting clubs and their coach’s we are looking at the practicality of pooling resources, guidance and expertise to support a number of regional development days during the summer months, these would be open to anyone of any age or polo ability assuming some basic paddling skills.
Dates for these will be released in due course, to help with gauging numbers and possible dates please email development@nwcpololeague.co.uk if you are interested in attending these opportunities.

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