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OVERLOAD !

Registrations are open for ‘Overload 2019’ a two day intensive training camp for Junior Canoe Polo players being held in Mullingar Harbour on 17th and 18th August 2019. Players between 8 and 18 are welcome – you must be a member of Canoeing Ireland or CANI.

The weekend promises to be a packed with learning, polo skills development, game play and a lot of fun.    The Harbour in Mullingar is an enclosed area with onsite camping and facilities, so the perfect location for this two-day Canoe Polo getaway.

The event builds on the development days for existing Junior players that we ran over the summer.

To find out more and register before July 27th, click here

Coaching Courses for Club Volunteers

Learn to Coach Canoe Polo – Courses for Club Volunteers

Are you a player, parent or volunteer looking to help make Canoe Polo a success in your Club ?  

This year we are providing training courses for Canoe Polo Coaches aged 16+.  These courses are open to players and non-players and are a great way to help grow Canoe Polo in your club.  The Coaching courses will be delivered by Michelle Power and are packed with content specifically designed for Canoe Polo Coaching from beginner level upwards.

Priority on these  courses will be given to those that register now using the link below.   Please don’t think ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that’ – give it a go, with the level 1 course, at the very least you can be more helpful to more experienced coaches. 

Canoe Polo Coach (Level 1)– entry level course – will show you how to introduce beginners to Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo Coach (Level 2)- a more advanced course for coaches looking to build competitive teams.

First Aid – available separately or as part of the Coaching Course – a one day course will include everything you need for water and bank-based first aid in a typical canoe polo environment.

• ‘Canoe Polo Basics’ At Overload, we will run a follow-on from last years ‘bluffers guide to polo’, for parents and non-coaching volunteers

• We will also be running Refereeing courses for new referees and existing referees looking to learn about the additional 2019 rules

Helping out is fun, rewarding and not that hard to do.  Please take 1 minute NOW!,  to register interest in some of the above courses and we will contact you with dates for courses running between May and August. Register here  https://forms.gle/b6qL3NdriLH6WVCr7

Any questions … email – develop@canoepolo.ie  

Junior Development 2019

We are getting ready to startup the Junior Development Programme for 2019.  Here are some important dates for your diary…

Junior Development Days

We will be organising a number of development days for players age 9-18 of all skill levels, including beginners from any club.  If your club has younger players just starting out they would be very welcome to get involved.

The dates are as follows

* Saturday March 9th, 2019 – Mullingar

* Sunday April 7th, 2019 – Mullingar

* Sunday May 12th, 2019 – Kilcock

* Saturday June 1st, 2019 – Mullingar 

* Sunday July 21st, 2019   – Kilcock 

* August 17th & 18th  – Overload! Mullingar

This year we want to put a particular emphasis on getting new players into our sport and are encouraging younger players from aged 9 upwards to come along and avail of the development days.  

Overload!

Overload! our two-day canoe polo camp returns to Mullingar again on 17-18 August in Mullingar.  The format will be similar to last year with a couple of twists.     More details and booking form to follow.

Kilcock Junior Competition

Kilcock is running a one-day Junior competition on 22nd June.  

Again, if your club isn’t fielding a team but you would like to play, let us know and we will match you up with a club looking for a player.

Belfast Junior International

The Belfast Junior International will take place from 31st July until Sunday 4th August, promising to be a another world class event, with clubs expected from over 20 countries at the Lets Go Hydro centre.   

This year, NCPC/Junior Development Programme is not running a Squad selection process – all teams will be Club teams, so everyone of an appropriate age has a chance to participate if they wish – your club will be responsible for selecting and entering teams.

However, if you would like to play on an under 15 or under 18 team and your club is not participating, let us know at the first Development Day (March 9th) and we will find you a team.

Referees Forum – 2nd March

We would like to invite all current and future referees to the Canoeing Ireland Training Center in Strawberry beds at 10am on 2nd March 2019. There will be a presentation and discussion on the rule changes the ICF have introduce this year. This is a great opportunity to hear views and discuss these changes with your fellow referees and how they will impact polo in Ireland.

If you are not currently a referee you will have the opportunity to take the written exam from 11:30am

Map – https://goo.gl/maps/K2FsqpFYSRq

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 comps@canoepolo.ie 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 sec@canoepolo.ie 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.

AGM 20th October 2018

We would like to formally invite all members to the canoe polo AGM being held on 20th October 2018 at 10:30am in the Canoeing Ireland Development Center on the Strawberry Beds, Dublin.

The following positions will be available:

  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Ordinary member 1
  • Ordinary member 2

Motions and proposals to be sent to chair@canoepolo.ie no later than 6th October 2018

Irish Open Time Table Available

Just a couple of days to go to the 2018 Irish Open…

Schedule & Rules
– Timetable and Rules available here …  http://canoepolo.ie/irish-open
– Updates will be posted to that page.
– Please study the entire timetable (not just your division), as you may be on Table Duty or Refereeing a lower division than the one you have entered.
– There is a separate tab for each Division.

Captains and Referees – IMPORTANT !
– Captains & Referees are to assemble at 8.00am on Saturday Morning at the Boathouse in the Harbour for a meeting with the Head Referee(Sean Downes) and Organisers.
– A number of steps are being taken to improve Refereeing and Player Discipline. Your Captain and Referees MUST attend this meeting.
– Under competition rules, if your Captain and Referees do not attend, your team will start your first game 1-0 down. If you have an insurmountable reason why you cannot attend (e.g. flight arrival time), please email develop@canoepolo.com looking for a written waiver.

CI Numbers – ALSO IMPORTANT !!
Per my previous email a couple of teams have still not replied with their player CI numbers. Canoeing Ireland Insurance requires that we check these numbers so unfortunately unless you provide these before the competition, your team will not be playing 🙁

Pitches
· Div 1, 2 and U14 games will be played in the Harbour (pitches 1 and 2)
· Div 3 games will be played above the bridge (pitch 3).

Parking
· On Saturday, please do NOT park in the ‘TopLine’ hardware store car-park on the bridge, or down the Cul de Sac near the bridge.
· There is parking along the Harbour, and in the Railway station car park and in the car parks on the north (town) side of the harbour. There is also a lot of free space at the old Kellys Garage site.

Toilets
· Toilets are at the Scouts Hall, which you can access by going down the steps near Pitch 3.

Food
· Free Tea and Coffee will be available in the Scouts hall 10am-4.30pm each day. You can access this by going down the steps near Pitch 3.
· On Saturday we will have free Soup and Rolls available between 11am and 3pm in the Scouts hall.
· On Sunday we will have a free Barbecue between 12pm and 2pm.
· Sunday Barbecue location will be advised – depending on weather !

Camping
· Camping is at the Kilcock GAA Club . Google Map Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Mcb9XzhCden
· There will be onsite security at night time only – DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES UNATTENDED
· Under 18s are not to camp unaccompanied.
· If you intend to avail of the free camping but have not let me know, please do so now.

First-Aid Contact
· Every pitch has a pitch manager, if you need first-aid or have any other query, please alert the pitch manager who will organize first-aid/assistance.

Restaurants
· Kilcock GAA/Camping site has a restaurant and bar.
· O’Keefes (on the harbour) – pub food – Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
· Blackforest bakery (on the Harbour) Saturday 9am-5pm
· Timeless Café (opposite Tesco – in Kilcock Village) Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
· Rye River Café (near Supervalu –The Square, Kilcock Village) – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9.30am-2.30pm
· Costa Coffee (near Supervalu – The Square, Kilcock Village) Saturday and Sunday 7am – 7pms

Order your Irish Open Tee Shirts

Get your Irish Open 2018 Tee Shirts !

This year we are having sports breathable T-Shirts for the Irish Open and you can order yours in advance to be first up to get your size.

Don’t be left out – order yours and pay in advance for collection at the competition.

Tee Shirts are €10 each we have sizes from Age12 to XXL. This is the price for Collection at the Irish Open – does not include postage.

Order and Pay here (payment by Credit Card or Paypal)

Please select the size you want.  Tee Shirts are €10 each.  This is the price for collection at the Irish Open in Kilcock on 29/30 2018.  To order more than one size just click the Add to Cart button for each size.  you can change quantity during checkout.

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