Canoe Polo

We train on Wednesday afternoons for a couple of hours of relaxed practice down by the Quay.

Ladies Team training: as arranged by Lowri (Ladies Team Captain)

Open Team training: as arranged by Adam (Open Team Captain)

Everyone is welcome to our Wednesday afternoon training – even complete beginners! You need to have attended one pool session, but apart from that, you don’t need to have any experience. Most people have never heard of Canoe Polo, but don’t let that put you off! Most of the current Ladies and Open Team started off as Freshers (only one or two years ago) who had never kayaked before, let alone played polo!


Freshers Team at Paddlington 2017

Open Team at Exeter/Bath Varsity 2018

Ladies Team at SW Uni League Finals 2018








How do I sign up?

Emails will be sent out at the start of the week, and sign-ups will be on the Forum.

Where do I meet?

At the Cave. See River Trips page for more info.

What do I bring?

  • £1 for bus fuel – even if you’re not taking the bus, the boats and kit need to get to the quay!
  • Warm clothes/shoes you don’t mind getting wet – preferably not cotton
  • Change of clothes and towel

We provide all other kit (boats, BAs, cags, helmets, spraydecks, paddles etc).

Do you compete?

Yes! We compete at a range of competitions throughout the year. These are open to everyone whose been to at least one pool session and one Wednesday training session.

Last year we competed at:

  • Paddlington – weekend tournament run by University of London in October with Freshers, Open and Ladies leagues
  • CUCP – weekend tournament run by Cardiff Uni in March with Open, B and Ladies teams
  • BUCS – the biggest university canoe polo tournament of the year in April at Holme Pierrepont (National Watersports Centre in Nottingham)
  • South West Uni League – series of Saturday tournaments throughout the year at Bristol Docks with local uni polo teams including Bristol, Bath and Swansea
  • Exeter v Bath Varsity – our own canoe polo Varsity tournament at Bath Uni
  • London International – a weekend tournament run by Meridian Canoe Club held during the summer

We also held a Ladies Polo Tournament in Exeter for all our EUCC Ladies for International Women’s Week and ThisGirlCan! week in 2017/18.

Any questions: contact Lauren (Comp Sec), Lowri (Ladies Captain) or Adam (Open Captain).

Join our private Facebook page ‘EUCC Canoe Polo’ for more info.


Open Team at BUCS 2018

Ladies Team at BUCS 2018

ThisGirlCan Ladies Polo tournament








What Actually is Canoe Polo?

So you’ve heard of this strange ‘sport’ called canoe polo and you’re wondering what in the heck it was. Well the easiest way to picture it is to imagine a water polo game….. now pop all those players into kayaks….. now raise the goals 2 metres out of the water….. and there you have it, that’s a canoe polo game! Or just check out this video

Now to explain the carnage you’ve just witnessed.

The pitch itself can consist of any flat piece of water with no current, in the winter the matches are generally held indoors, in lovely heated pools. The pitch itself is 35m by 23m and the goals hang 2m above the water at each end. That generally leaves the goal keeper with just enough reach to cover the goal with his paddle!

Each team in canoe polo has five players in it, with up to three rolling subs. Unlike football there are no set goalkeepers so it basically uses rush goalkeeping. Each player obviously has to sit in a kayak and hold a set of paddles. For safety reasons everybody wears a helmet with a face guard and buoyancy aid with extra padding, handily these are also in team colours with numbers on them so you can distinguish between people.

As far as the game goes it starts with the ball being thrown into the middle and one player from each team sprinting forward to try and grab it first. The ball can be picked up with either your hands or with your paddles if you’re skilled or cocky enough, although you have to be careful as you can’t put your paddles within arms reach of another player or you’ll be penalised.

The attacking team can then begin their assault. The attacking team will then charge forward and try to clear out the defenders to leave a clear path for a shot to be taken. Though they have two dangers to watch out for: You can’t be in control of the ball for more than five seconds and you can’t touch the opposition’s goalkeeper at all or you’ll lose the ball.

Of course the defending team isn’t going to sit back and let the other team score. They can push back as well, performing polo’s best move, BINNING: Any person with the ball can get pushed over!! Often times the bloodthirsty yells of the crowd will be calling for binnings rather than goals as they’re much more amusing!!