The annual Manchester Wildcatz Open Day marked the official start to our summer season. Despite the slow start to summer, the Salford Quays water was a barmy 13.4C and the sunshine made it feel all the warmer.
The aim of this day was to encourage new people, old and young, to try Canoe Polo. Members from Hollingworth Lake’s activity club travelled to Salford Quays to join in and showed how much youth potential there is in Greater Manchester – each and everyone of those young paddlers demonstrated some great skills on the polo pitch. A bonus for them was meeting Steve Redgrave who was doing some publicity on the same day (see Article).
Our presence on the water also attracted a couple of local Ordsall lads – Connor and Jack Lee had never paddled kayaks, but within minutes they were throwing themselves into tackles against more experienced members. We saw these two paddlers at the very next training session, so big thumbs up for local recruitment.
Some Bury Old Boys were inspired back to the polo pitch under the gentle pressure of Dave Heaton. They played a few training games with our standard Manchester players, while volunteer coaches within the club played ball with the youth attendees.
And finally, the event brought a few of the original Wildcatz players out of the woodwork. Matthew Gill threw himself right back into coaching and refereeing and was an asset to the day, and James Davis got lost in Falmouth and never made it!
Thank you to everyone who made the event a success, let’s make this summer season a strong one and win some trophies in the summer leagues!