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An Introduction to Canoe Polo


Canoe Polo (also known as Kayak Polo) is one of the competitive disciplines of canoeing, known simply as “polo” by its aficionados. Polo combines canoeing and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual players.


The game requires excellent teamwork and promotes both general canoeing skills and a range of other techniques unique to the sport. Each team has five players on the pitch (plus substitutes), who compete to score in their opponents goal which is suspended above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal. Pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water.


Played worldwide from international level to recreational games, polo is an exciting and fast-paced game suitable for paddlers of all abilities.  For more details please click here to visit the British Canoeing Canoe Polo website.

Avon Canoe Polo Club


Avon Canoe Polo Club is one of the UK's oldest and most active participants in the sport.  Based in Bristol since the early 1980s, Avon is a welcoming and inclusive community of local paddlers.  The club offers opportunities for a range of abilities from those who can already paddle but are seeking to try something new, through to elite players and those who enjoy a good game of polo with friends. 

With regular training at local swimming pools and at a dedicated outdoor venue on Bristol's historic floating harbour, Avon has sessions to suit most needs.  Click here for more details.


The club also participates in a wide variety of regional, national and international leagues and tournaments, including dedicated ladies and development teams. Click here to find out more and how we're doing.   


Unfortunately we're not able to teach basic kayaking skills, although we'd be happy to introduce you to other local clubs if you're looking to get into a boat for the first time.

How We're Run


Avon is a not-for-profit organisation run by its members for its members.  Each year a group of individuals are voted onto the club's committee in order to help manage and run its general activities.


The club is affiliated with British Canoeing and operates under a formal constitution.  The safety of our members is paramount. Avon has a dedicated Health and Safety Officer, Club Welfare Officer and maintains appropriate insurances.


Please click on the following link to access the DropBox folder which holds our club documents and policies.    

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