East Van Bike Polo is a community of cyclists who enjoy an alternative take on cycle sports. We are students, entrepreneurs, bike messengers, community organizers and other professionals. We have diverse cycling backgrounds, including commuting, mountain biking, couriering, BMX, as well as non-cycling sports like hockey and soccer.
Although we come from different backgrounds, we all find ourselves drawn together by the irresistible mix of fun, camaraderie, and challenge of bike polo. Anyone can play bike polo, come see for yourself!
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Community outreach has been a major success story for the EVBP board. Support from the board has allowed East Van Bike Polo to develop its community presence, both within the city of Vancouver and the global bike polo community. The board has helped the club increase assets, including investing in the shipping container, spare equipment, and regular bank account maintenance.
Here is a summary of EVBP’s achievements in 2016:
- Soft Serve Sundays became a part of regular play schedule
- Monthly womens/trans/femmes night saw many new players and returning players
- Our Community Bikes provided loaner bikes and mallets for new players
- EVBP community outreach at Car Free Day, Italian Days and Woodwards Cycling and Culture Show
- Support and resource sharing for court builds in other cities
- Provided bike polo demonstration to GEMS after-school project for girls ages 12-15
- New website and regular updates and outreach on EVBP Facebook page
- Court maintenance, including new painted play lines, brooms, shovels and net repair
- Board supported new tournament organizers who hosted the first ever Valentine's day double-header 2v2 tournament and Chili Mixer, which raised over $200 for Charley’s Food Bank
- Increase in growth of No Fun City summer tournament, with teams travelling from California to attend this year
- East Van Crown hosted at our home court in Grandview Park, with support from a Neighbourhood grant
The board hopes to continue contributing to developing the club in 2017.