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. SUCP 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 Doncaster.
Competitions can range from one day pool meets to weekend camping trips, with three teams representing the club; the A team, B team and Ladies team.
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.
See you on the water! .
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