Canoe Polo


The video above shows the Clapham team competing at Tooting LC in a Regional tournament.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Canoe Polo, here is a brief description of the game:-

Two teams in short kayaks play on a pitch, (either in a swimming pool or on a lake) , which have two goals suspended at either end of the pitch. The goals are 1m by 1.5m and suspended 2m from the water level. A waterpolo ball , about the size of a soccer ball, is thrown (or flicked with the paddle), by the players with the object being to put the ball into the goal!! As often as possible.

There are rules, (lots of them!). For a guide you could look at either of the following sites.

Polo at Clapham

We have run two teams that have entered local, national and international tournaments. We now run just one team but this may change if there are enough members wanting to re-start our 'B' team.

Our 'A' team have competed in the National Leagues run by the British Canoeing since 1990. We started in Div 4 South East and have slowly worked our way up the leagues. We are currently in Division 2 South having avoided relegation from Div 2 S at end of last season on our third attempt. Our challenge for the 2017-18 season is to again avoid relegation at the end of this season!  The old 'B' team (known as "Claphamothers"), used to play in Division 4 South East.

Both teams have played in local tournaments with other clubs, and in National Leagues, National Championships, and large tournaments in the UK such as Hull and Liverpool. We also venture abroad onto the continent about once a year to competitions such as Amsterdam, Sluis, Ypres, Charleroi. Most large competitions are now split into leagues, so as to give level competition for all teams. Occasionally our 'A' team has played against some of the top teams, although we have never achieved 'giant killers' status!

Weekly Polo session

When: Thursday Evenings 9:30-10:30pm

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Tooting Leisure Centre 

Greaves Place


SW17 0NE


Cost: 8 per session payable to Clapham CC
Info: All Equipment provided or bring your own gear. Open to experienced polo paddlers or good paddlers who want to try out the session. Please contact us first detailing your polo or kayaking experience.