Author: Competitions Officer

Junior Canoe Polo Competitions 2023

The following Junior Polo competitions are taking place in Kilcock, Mullingar and Belfast in 2023:

Club Champs and Irish Open 2023

The National Canoe Polo Commitee has agreed the dates for the Irish Club Championships and Irish Open for 2023, as follows:

  • Irish Club Championships – 8/9 July 2023
  • Irish Open – 19/20 August 2023

The Committee is now seeking proposals from Clubs who are interested in hosting each event.

If your Club is interested an hosting the event, please email with your proposal by 10pm on Wed 8 February 2023.

Details of the Clubs selected to host the events will be published by the end of February 2023.

Irish Club Championships 2022

Registration is open for the 2022 Irish Club Championships, which takes place at Mullingar Harbour on Sat 9th July 2022 and Sun 10th July 2022.

The following Divisions (3) and Categories (2) will be available:

  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • Division 3
  • Under 14
  • Ladies

The entry fee for Div 1, Div 2 and Div 3, is 125 Euro per team.

The entry fee for Div 3 – all players under 18, is 50 Euro per team.

The Under 14 and Ladies categories are free.

Registration is now open. Registration closes at 9pm on Tue 28 June 2022.

Irish Club Championships 2022

European Club Championships 2022

The 2022 European Club Championships will be held in Belfast at the Let’s Go Hydro Resort, on 24th and 25th September 2022. More details at:

Irish International Open 2019 – Belfast 7th-8th of September

Canoe Polo Ireland are delighted to announce that the 2019 Irish International Open will be held in the Knockbracken Reservoir in Belfast on the 7th and 8th of September. This will be the 1st Senior International to be held in the Knockbraken Reservoir the home of the Junior International Championships.

Belfast Kayak Academy have spent the last number of years developing their venue that now has 4 full sized regulation pitches, glamping and camping facilities a cafe and restaurant all on site. They have also recently opened their new spectators stand the ‘Argento Arena’ where fans and spectators can site and enjoy the best of Irish Canoe Polo.

All International and National clubs and teams are welcome to enter into the four categories available: Division 1, 2, 3 and U15’s. 

Enter your teams here. Irish Open 2019 7/8th of September

2019 Canoe Polo Ireland Competition Application

The National Committee are looking to formulate the 2019 calendar as early as possible this year, to help in the organisation and marketing of all Irish competitions for the 2019 season. 

Additional efforts will be made to increase the quantity of travelling teams to all Irish Canoe Polo events and to help to continue the redevelopment of the sport within Ireland.

The National Committee are also looking for Clubs to host the Irish International Open and the Irish Club Championships

The Club Champs is the qualifying event for the 2019 ECA Canoe Polo Club Championships where all Canoeing Ireland Clubs battle it out for the honour of representing Ireland on the European Stage. The 2019 European venue is still to be announced.

The host will organise and run the competition to the standards set by the national committee and complying with the ECA’s requirements. All profits go to the organisers however if qualified teams travel to the European Club Championships entry fees must be forwarded from the organiser.

The Irish Open is our biggest international competition of the canoe polo calendar which the National Committee organise and run with the help of the host club. The Committee are looking for a quality venue to host the Irish Open and would require a lend of facilities. This is the committees best way of generating funding to help develop and run the sport in Ireland.

 If your Club is interested in organising it own competition or would like the opportunity to host the Irish Club Championship or the Irish International Open in 2019 please email with the name of the competition, the rough dates that you would like to hold the competition on and the proposed location of the event. If all applications could be in by November the 1st it would be much appreciated.

Extension: Coaches and Manager Positions for Squads

Canoe Polo Ireland would like to Extend the deadline for applications for the roles of coach or manager of the following squads:

  • Senior Men
  • Senior Women
  • U21 Men
  • U21 Women

To apply please submit a CV to by the 3rd of November 2018.

CV should include following:

  • Position applied for
  • Qualifications and experience in Canoe Polo in said position
  • Skills and qualities one can bring to the position
  • Aspirations and goals for the squad
  • Brief outline of how you plan to achieve your aspirations and goals.

Role of the Coach:

  1. Must treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of his/her gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
  2. To look after the physical, technical, tactical and mental preparation of the Squad’s Development Canoe Polo Squad/s for International and Domestic competitions.
  3. To utilize the support of other qualified personnel in the preparation of the squad where required upon ratification by the National Canoe Polo Committee (NCPC) Chairperson.
  4. To organize training sessions in conjunction with the Manager of the squad.
  5. To finalize selection criteria for European competitions and submit to NCPC for ratification.
  6. In conjunction with the manager to deal with any disciplinary matters arising within the squad.
  7. To treat all members of the squad/s and NCPC with dignity and respect.
  8. To present any grievances to the committee should they arise.
  9. To abide by the Canoeing Ireland Child Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and as such agree to adhere to the principles and responsibilities embodied in the code. (U21 SQUADS)
  10. To make best efforts to ensure athletes adhere to the Canoeing Ireland’s (CI) Athletes Code of Conduct.

Role of the Manager:

  1. Must treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of his/her gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
  2. To look after the administration and management of the Irish Canoe Polo Squad(s) for International and Domestic competitions.
  3. To manage the financial affairs and to keep detailed records of all financial transactions.
  4. In conjunction with the Coach to deal with any disciplinary issues arising within the squad.
  5. To report to the NCPC Chairperson any disciplinary issues arising within the squad.
  6. To submit a short-written report to the NCPC at the end of March, June, September and December.
  7. To present selection criteria for the squad for European competitions by the end of March to the NCPC for ratification.
  8. To present names of team members for European competitions for ratification by the NCPC at agreed times.
  9. To keep detailed records of all international competitions, results and members of teams for duration of term as manager.
  10. To present squad goals and aspirations (in conjunction with the Coach) by the end of March to the CI NCPC Chairperson.
  11. To provide the CI NCPC PRO with information for Press Releases.
  12. To ensure that all (athletes and management) members of the Squad sign the National Squads Athlete Agreement by agreed date.
  13. To liaise with the other Managers of the CI NCPC National Squads.
  14. To present any grievances to the committee should they arise
  15. To abide by the Canoeing Ireland Child Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and as such agree to adhere to the principles and responsibilities embodied in the code. (U21 SQUADS)
  16. To make best efforts to ensure athletes adhere to the Athletes Code of Conduct.

Ireland 🇮🇪 5 – Chinese Taipei 4

The Irish U21 Men win their first match of this years World Championships after another fight back.

The Chinese went 2 nil up in the first few minutes after a few handling errors by the Irish. It took a well worked move and a strong shot from the Irish captain Oisin McKay to get a goal back. The Chinese were looking to move the ball fast up the pitch after a break down in Irish play and forced a penalty which was converted to put them two goals ahead.

Before half time the Irish returned with a break away goal themselves working the ball through a disrupted defence and Caleb Bowden drove down the right side and skipped past a couple of defenders before burying the ball from a tight angle.

There was quite a wait at half time as one of the goals needed a repair and this gave the Irish a good oppertunity to regroup for the second half and it was the Irish that were putting on the pressure to start, a well put together move where the play was quickly switch from the right over to Kevin Quinn on left who fended of the Chinese zone to score the equaliser.

The Chinese were awarded their second penalty after they broke away, there was deemed to be a paddle foul and and the Irish were down by 1 with 3 to minutes to play.

But the Irish showed that never give up attitude and with the Chinese reduced down to 4 men after a series of paddle fouls Oisin found space down the right to bang in his second goal of the game and tie the score up for the second time in the game.

With the Chinese still short a man the lads pushed man on and stripped the Chinese and Kevin Quinn broke free to score the winner.

Well done lads and congrats on your first ever World Championships Win. Enjoy it and push on with the last two games of the tournament and get a couple more under your belt.

Nex Game: Tomorrow
Pitch one against the home nation Canada at 3.55pm Irish time.

The watch today’s game visit the below link and scroll to 2.27.00

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