Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo combines kayaking and ball handling skills into 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 paddling skills and a range of other techniques unique to the sport. Each team has five players on the pitch (and up to three substitutes), who compete to score in their opponents goal which is suspended two metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal. Paddling with the ball is not allowed, so teamwork is essential. Pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water. The boats are specifically designed for Polo and are faster and lighter than typical kayaks which give them fantastic manoeuvrability. The boats also sport nose and tail bumpers for safety, and full face guards and specially padded buoyancy aids are also required to be worn at all times.


Here in Southampton, SUCP represents the University at competitions all over the country, culminating in the annual British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) tournament in Nottingham. Competitions can range from one day pool meets to weekend camping trips, with several teams representing the club; the A team, B teams and Ladies teams. With regular training sessions both in the pool and on the river, SUCP is one of the most successful teams around, and you can be a part of it. 

Even if you aren't interested in competing, the club welcomes all to come and train with us. Anyone and everyone of any ability is welcome to join in, whether you are a seasoned player coming to the university, an experienced paddler looking to try something new or have never even been in a kayak, SUCP has a space for you. 


We have six hours of pool time per week, and also run regular river sessions. The pool times are below:

Tuesdays 21:00-22:00
Wednesdays 21:00-22:00
Saturdays 20:00-22:00
Sundays 12:00-14:00


Social Media Links (Find out more) 


Facebook: @southamptoncanoepolo

Instagram: @southamptonunicanoepolo

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Canoe Polo this year are:

Kate Pearse
Harry Joyce
Frankie Brereton
Social Secretary
Lily Metchear
Social Secretary
William Dartnell
Tournament Secretary
Oliver Hunter
Training Secretary
Thomas Corbishley
Training Secretary
Harilaos Karavaggelis
Daniel Kelly
Vice President
Lily Metchear
Web Secretary
Jemima Cary
Welfare & Freshers Rep

Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Canoe Polo, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

Please note that some memberships of this group may also require you to purchase Sport & Wellbeing membership from the University of Southampton in order to use the relevant sport facilities
You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
Second Semester Only Membership£30.0031/01/2024 - 22/09/2024Second-semester membership runs from the end of January to the end of September. Membership includes full access to all club kit, training sessions (in the pool, on the river, or on land), and affiliated British Canoeing Membership.
Year Membership£50.0022/09/2023 - 22/09/2024Membership includes full access to all club kit, training sessions (in the pool, on the river, or on land), and affiliated British Canoeing Membership. A Year's membership lasts all year from September 2024 to September 2025.
Joint membership with SUCC and SUCP£90.0023/09/2023 - 22/09/2024Southampton University Canoe Club and Canoe Polo are offering a joint, year-long, membership as a cheaper option for people looking to join both clubs! It is priced at £90.
Summer Only Membership 2024£15.0010/06/2024 - 22/09/2024This membership allows access and participation in Southampton University Canoe Polo pool and river sessions within the period stated. We supply all kit bar suitable clothing. IMPORTANT: While we offer up to 6 hours of pool time, no pool time is guaranteed and river sessions happen as and when people are interested in attending them, and safely can. We aim to keep our regular pool sessions over the summer. This will also give you access to any events held by the club over the period of membership. Please note that if you do not have SUSU membership or the Southampton Sport Sports Pass, these will need to be purchased additionally. If you are at all interested please contact us via:

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