25th Liverpool International Canoe Polo Tournament 2014
This year was going to be special. This was the 25th Canoe Polo Tournament the club has hosted and it was time to celebrate this milestone. Planning started late 2013 with meetings with Liverpool Leisure Services and Landowners working together to help make the Waterfront Festival the best ever. The planning was overseen by the competition committee with an ambition to have 5 pitches, inclusion of all abilities in canoe polo and provision for the wellbeing of the paddlers and their supporters over the weekend. A special Anniversary trophy would also be sourced.
Those in the know with up to date technology predicted a rainy weekend - How wrong technology can be- we had a scorcher and some scorched more than others!!!
The week started with Mike, Kartik and Graham setting up the pitches in the Dukes dock. Some hilarity about how this was to be done and within what timescale was challenged with more crew arriving on the Friday to ensure all was ship shape. No relaxing then they had promised Neil (who was sunning himself in Palma) the pitch signs would be ready. So at 6pm there was a rush down to Collingwood to apply the signage, even that turned into a competition more so when Neil was spotted coming to inspect the work. While this was going on the campers were arriving at SFX and thanks to Ruth and Shivan they were given a warm welcome.
The Saturday started for the club at 5.30 to be down at the dockside for 6.30 for a lesson in rapid tent erection. With the good teams we had all tents were up by 7 and the refreshment tent up and running by 7.30. A team of non-paddlers have to be applauded the way they catered and provided for all eventualities - ice packs to homemade cakes, lost property to cheerleading. The games all started on time thanks to FOA referees taking the whistle on all pitches. Mark, Linsey and Ian were at the ready to collect, process and display updated scores throughout the weekend.
The FOACC teams included 2 teams under 18, a Boys team and a Girls team in Class 4, and 2 teams in Class 1. The day brought about many emotions and characteristics not witnessed before!! And certainly not off the pitch - what happens to them when they get in that boat with the Liverbird on !!!!?
With our own club and specially Class 1 revelling in the use of our Shot Clock it is fair to say not all saw it as a benefit - but fair play was the game. As usual referring decisions were challenged and discussed until the sun went down. Thanks must go to Ian and Keith for their knowledge and design expertise the first Shot Clock owned by a British Club and envied by many other clubs.
Saturday night saw a close at a reasonable time which then saw the Tournament team disassemble the event only to re-erect the following morning. The paddlers on the campsite were provided with TV coverage of the England team game from the club house, a ploy many were hoping for some overindulgence to start at an advantage on the Sunday morning, no way they all appeared full of fight and flight down those pitches. The Waterfront crowds joined in and enthusiastically tried to learn the game on the spot.
With many paddlers and supporters praising the work of the preparation and provision for this year’s tournament being the best it all seemed well worth it. The paddlers from the 5 pitches graciously awaited the trophy ceremony in front of the Echo arena and Wheel on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Club were proud to have the Liverpool’s Cabinet Minister of Culture and Tourism Wendy Simon to present the awards this year.
The Youth trophy was presented to FOACC under 18 Boys Team,
The Ladies trophy presented to FOACC under 18 Girls Team.
The first Anniversary trophy was awarded to Dragon after a thrilling performance in Division 1.
Some got trophies but we were all winners with a lovely weekend and many many thanks to the Waterfront events Team and Landowners for supporting the 25th Liverpool International. A Special and Sincere Thanks must go to the FOACC Volunteers who have worked for months to prepare and many hours to deliver the best yet.
Ladies Trophy Winners 2014 FOACC Girls
FOACC Class 1 Teams A and B
Youth Trophy Winners FOACC Boys
Hi all, Apologies for the mass email.
We have had some kayaks stolen from our school grounds over the last week. I'll try to track down photos as best I can but this is what has gone walkabout'
* Pyranha Kanarli Medium x2 in blue / white. x1 in yellow / mango. Rapid plus spec
* Pyranha Kanarli Large x1 in Green & x 1 in yellow / mango. connect 30 spec.
* Pyranha Z one small 2 x blue / black & 1 x blue / white. rapid plus spec
* Pyranha Z one Medium 3 x yellow / mango, rapid plus spec
* Pyranha H3 small  yellow rapid plus spec.
* Feel Free Nomad sit on top solo kayaks, 1 x red / blue / white & 1 x Red / blue.
* Pyranha Rebel in blue
All were in good order inc. airbags at the time.
All were marked in permanent marker 'Clifford holroyde SEN college'
If you see or are offered any of the above a bit cheap or from suspicious sources please contact my mobile 07834 536565 or ring school in daytime hours 0151 2289500.
Obviously this is an expensive loss and any help would be appreciated. if you have contacts with other clubs etc in the area if you could forward this out to spread the word.
We feel there is now sufficient interest to host and run a local league or leagues dependant on the interest.
The league events will run initially at our Collingwood facility and as the weather turns colder from the Speke and /or Bootle pools from early October onwards. The teams and the league is specifically aimed at running the leagues locally and to make participation attractive by reducing the travelling time and costs to the minimum. Within the club we will be looking to see if we can make up as many teams both girls and boys as there are interested members. To that intent if you wish to have ago learn to play then come along. We have over the last weeks ran a Monday session and that will continue to and we will be able to build the numbers up dependant on the interest. As part of their development I am hoping that some of the slightly older boys and girls will help to coach and take ownership to both some of the training and hopefully the teams coming as result of their efforts.
If there is sufficient interest then we can run additional sessions and they can continue on some of the days of the term break.
the opportunity is open to all attending the Speke and Bootle pool sessions along with all of our other club members.
Let me know your interest if you would better still come along 6.00 p.m. this coming Monday and have ago.
and enjoy yourselvse.
Dear all just to give you a reminder of our near future tournaments:
National Division 2 North December 15th Stockport Start Time 4.00 p.m.
Both club sides are due to attend. Please remember the Stockport Pool has a revised start time with the first games and refereeing stints starting at 4.00 p.m. You are advised to get there by 3.15 p.m. unload, sort kit etc.
Narth West Regional Leagues January 5th Stockport Start Time 4.00 p.m.
Both club sides are due to attend. Please take note of the earlier start time.
National Division 4 North January 12th Derby Start Time 5.00 p.m.
I would advise you arrive no later than 4.15 p.m. in order to prepare for the tournament.
National Division 3 North January 12th Stockport Start Time 4.00 p.m.
Again you are advised of the earlier start time.So suggest a 3.15 p.m. arrival.
Those of you who train year round are well aware that as a result of the sometimes hostile weather conditions it is more than questionable what if any measured benefits are actually gained training in those conditions. As we progress more into winter the less in outcome terms realisticly are acheived, and so the need for consistent training enviroment e.g. a Gym/Sports Hall is more than helpful.
We are fortunate that we have potentially been offered the use of a Gym and Sports Hall in the city centre for a couple of hours per week. we have already indicated an interest in taking up the offer of it's use instead of doing the Thursday Docks Session and are potentially looking at each Thursday evening say 6.00 p.m. until 8.00p.m.
In terms of our usage the content could be made up of a mixture of some measured fitness work gym apparatus/reps/bleep etc with a combination of some fun games footie/basketball/netball/handball to make up the session.
Whilst some of the activities are competition orientated we would encorage all of our club members to take up the offer.
Let me know your interest if you would as if there is a positive response the sessions could well start within a week or so.