National League Entry - Winter 2017

The committee has been working hard to prepare the details for the updated 2017/18 season. The greatest challenge was to manipulate the advanced pool bookings to the new formats.

First and foremost we want to take this opportunity to thank Sally and Rob for their hard work across all their seasons and especially for taking on this year's challenge (for the last time!). Sourcing and booking all the dates is a massive undertaking every year, the national leagues would not have functioned without them. We welcome Peter Webb on board as the new National Leagues Organiser.

Online entry form:
Alternative entry document to download:…/d/0B3HUJ8VLSJ4PUEU0ZjVIUmlPTkE/

Within the form, you will see further links to the provisional league rosters and calendars, the National League rules (16/17, update coming soon) and the original restructure proposal.

Important: as significant changes are being made this season we can only truly finalise the dates and rosters (across all divisions) once entries are received. We ask for your continued patience and understanding in this transition year.

Deadline for entry including payment (£120 deposit per entry): 31/08/17. This is also the entry deadline for the National Championships weekend in September:

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National Championships Sept 9th - 10th!

This competition marks the return of the National Championship event to the British Canoe Polo Calendar! Now that we have a central permanent location we hope to grow this event into one of the highlights of the year.

The 2017 competition will have 3 leagues: 

Open: £50
Ladies: £50
Youth: FREE!

The Open league will run on a Double Elimination format leading to a grand final. The Ladies and Youth league format will be decided with the number of entries. 

The winners of all three league will receive the National Championship trophies!

Please fill in the online entry form:

Or alternatively, fill in the paper form and email to 

Payment is to be made online to:
Bank: Natwest
Name: BCU Canoe Polo Committee
Account number: 67085962
Sort code: 60-02-35

Facebook event:


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Chairperson’s Blog - July 

Congratulation to Viking on being crowned Open Div1 champions and Friends of Allonby Y Ladies team on being crowned Ladies Div1 Champions. Viking had a number of changed paddlers in their team from last year and still managed to be 8 points clear of Friends of Allonby. 

In the ladies competition Friends of Allonby Y (FOA) and Meridian finished on equal points with FOA winning by goal difference by just two. All four teams will be invited to play at the European Club Champs on the 23rd – 24th September in Essen, Germany. The Div 1 Open battle at the bottom of the table ended with Meridian B relegated to Div 2 whilst Bedford Raiders are promoted with five wins in the playoff games. The playoff game between Div1 Nomad and Div2 Avon was a fantastic game finishing three all at full time with Nomad finally winning with a golden goal in extra time , scoring a penalty shot to make it an exciting finish to the weekend. In the Div 3 / 4 playoff Viking D won and will remain in Div 3 with all the other teams playing Div 4.

I would like to pass on my personal thanks to all the people who helped at the weekend. It was great to have so many non-playing refs to support the Open Div 1, the Ladies Div 1 and also the playoff games. It also made it easier to have the ref committee convene together to deal with a couple disciplinary red cards. So everyone is clear we will not tolerate any verbal abuse towards a ref. Two players received 5 game bans as a result of continual verbally abusive following red cards. I understand that sometimes people over step the mark but they also have to accept the consequences of the rules, which are very clear for red card offence and verbal abuse towards a ref, volunteer or official will not be tolerated. If we don’t have refs and protect them, then we don’t have polo competitions. 
The competition rules for the season past can be found at the following link and the red card regulations are worth a read… Luckily we don’t get too many red cards, let’s hope this remains the case.…/0Bz9sDVEo0czQZHRpUU43X2lpSU…/view

Last year we delivered over 350 ref assessments and we will continue to support people wanting to be assessed. The committee will continue to organise grade 1 and 2 courses with regions and clubs leading on organising grade 3 and 4 courses. If you or your club members need assessing for next season polo then why not organise a course? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need advice on how to do this.

The League entries for next season will be opening next week and the dates will be released as soon as we can get confirmation from a couple of pools.

Important dates for your diary ….
On 9th and 10th September we will be holding the British Canoe Polo National Championships at Nottingham. We would like the event to be a fun event with all standards of teams entering.
Again entries will be opening soon. We have the fantastic National Championship trophies for the competition.

At the London International Polo competition we will also be doing a consultation on our four-year plans. Please feel free to discuss the plans and give us your thoughts on what we are planning and what we can achieve.


Have a great summer.
Chris Arrowsmith
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National League Restructure and 2016/17 Playoff revision

At the beginning of December we shared the reasoning behind, and our current progress towards, the restructuring of the National League to ask for your feedback. I’m pleased to say we received some good constructive feedback, thank you to everyone that took the time to send in their thoughts! We have since consulted updated proposals with the league organisers, before discussing and agreeing final recommendations as a Canoe Polo Committee. After careful consideration over the last five months we now have a structure that we wish to implement for the winter 2017 season onwards. 

Please find the league restructure document here: (

Please find the 2016/17 Play-off information here: (

Some of the key factors considered in the later stages of the process following your feedback:


·           Div 1 Open - playing everyone in the division and having the highest quality of competition was the priority over costs.

·           Prioritising better value for money across pool costs and distance travelled in all other divisions.

·           At all levels players and teams wanted to increase the number of games played at a single tournament, so you don’t "have to travel long distance to only play three games”.

It was also noted that:


·           There are currently no Youth leagues running. To encourage the development of youth competition, we will be financially supporting a new youth league on a geographical basis in a similar way that we support the ladies development league (reduced entry fees and other educational support). 

·           In the ladies class it is clear that the development league is still evolving, teams are not currently always willing to take automatic promotion. We have listened to this; promotion will only be automatic if a development team wins two years in a row.  

o   However, as there are currently only 9 teams in Ladies Div 1 league we would like to strongly encourage one more team to make 10. If we cannot encourage another entry, then we will consider drafting a team consisting of stronger players from across the development division. These players would also continue to play with their own teams in the development league. We will keep you posted on this once entries are received.


Finally, a crucial consideration was that this restructure did not penalise Clubs within the current promotion/relegation provisions and that the weekend in July become obsolete from the advertised playoffs. Therefore:


·           We have kept 10 teams in Div 1 and increased Div 2 to 12 teams in each of the leagues, promotion and relegation between Div 1 and Div 2 will be exactly the same. 

·           Between Div 2 to 3: all 1st and 2nd placed teams in Div 3 will be promoted and will no longer be required to play-off  (Yay I hear them say). We will organize for teams to play each other if they wish to on that weekend. 

·           Between Div 4 to 3: All 1st placed teams in Div 4 will be promoted. The 9th placed div 3 and 2nd placed Div 4 teams will play-off for the final Div 3 place. This is only for this season to achieve the right number of teams in each league and normal promotion and relegation will be implemented from the 2017 / 2018 season. After careful consideration this is the only promotion process we have had to alter. Please refer to the document for further details on who will be involved in the play-off.


Thank you to all the paddlers, league organisers and committee members who have all given their opinions and views on how they would like things to change and improve. All the options have been discussed by the committee on numerous conference calls to ensure we are implementing a new structure with minimum impact whilst achieving our aims of increasing participation, improving the quality of British polo and delivering better value for money.

If you have any further feedback please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If there are no major objections in the next month with this new restructure then we will confirm its implementation for the 2017/2018 Winter Season.






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Play-off Weekend

The 2016/17 season playoff event will be the second major event hosted at our new home venue at the Holme-Pierrepont national watersports centre!

Teams fighting for promotion or relegation will be confirmed after the regular season ends.

This will be a fantastic weekend in the sun, with tense action-packed polo. The final round of Division 1 Open and Ladies season will also be taking place, a great chance to watch the best players in the country vie for the domestic championship.

Please see this season's rules - a reminder that when entering the national league you make a commitment to the playoff weekend should you qualify to attend:

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