Canoe Polo Centre of Excellence in South Wales, UK.
The Discovery Centre
Millenium Coastal Park
Formed in 2011 and based in North Dock Llanelli we aim to provide the best canoe polo facility located in the country. The centre will also provide enjoyment for novice and experienced kayakers and canoeists of all ages.
Canoe Polo is one of the eight disciplines of canoeing perused in the UK. Canoe polo combines paddling 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 athletes.
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 (and up to three substitutes) compete to score goals in their opponent’s net which is suspended 2 meters above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle.
Pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water. Boats are specifically designed for Polo and are shorter (3m) than typical kayaks which gives them fantastic maneuverability. Paddles are very light weight and designed with both pulling power and ball control in mind. Body protection, helmets and face guards are all compulsory.
There are internationally agreed rules for the game, World and European Championships are held every two years. Great Britain is one of the world's foremost nations. Within the UK there is a National League structure, with categories for Open, Women's and Youth competitions, with many regional events held throughout the year.
Further info on canoe polo is available from canoepolo.org.uk
To contact the South Wales Canoe Polo Centre of Excellence email: email@example.com