Canoe Polo at Malvern

The game requires excellent teamwork and promotes both general canoeing skills as well as a range of other techniques unique to the sport.

Two teams each with five players on the pitch at any one time compete to score goals in their opponent's net which is suspended 2 metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle. Body protection, helmets and face-guards are all compulsory. Canoe Polo is, in the realm of paddle-sports, a fast-growing discipline.

With the introduction of canoe polo sessions for the lower school, we are looking very strong for coming years where pupils progressing through the College will gain vital skills and experience before competing for the senior team.

453-CanoePoloSlider.jpgHead Coach: Jay Watts

My experiences of canoe polo started outside, in a cold outdoor pool on the Isle Of Man, playing with friends and makeshift equipment. The game is fast-paced, aggressive and relies completely on the whole team working together. Following these early experiences, I played at Lancaster University and trained with Battersea Canoe Club, a Division 1 team based in Central London. As a relatively new coach to the sport, I am learning quickly – as are, hopefully, the pupils too.