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The latest clubs and centres news from British Canoeing

From BCU newsletter:

Welcome to your new look Club and Centre Update! We have taken on board feedback and added new regular sections which we hope you will find useful. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions for content you would like to see please get in touch with the communications team by emailing

As this is a long update your email provider may clip some of the information, please ensure you scroll to the bottom of the email and click ‘view entire message’ or follow the link at the top to view in your browser in order to see regional updates, safeguarding information and more about the British Canoeing reward scheme.

Club affiliation:

Please remember to check your club affiliation and ensure that it doesn’t lapse. If your affiliation lapse’s it means that your club is not insured to carry out activities. If you are unsure when you need to affiliate or would like to find out more please contact our membership department.

Contact details:

If you have any queries about club affiliation your key point of contact is Steph Roberts in the membership department.

It is important that we have a correct and up to date email address for each club or centre to make sure the relevant updates get to you! Please make sure that if your key contact changes, or if you would like to add anyone else in your club to the list to receive this email you let us know.

Forthcoming notice: Club Affiliation and Quality Mark for Centres consultation due to begin soon

As part of our Stronger Together strategy action plan 4 ‘Develop a stronger network of clubs and centres’ we will shortly begin work on action 4.1 – Revise and promote new affiliation categories for clubs, centres and other delivery partners, including youth groups and canoe hire.

We will commence this action via a consultation process, initially in the form of an online questionnaire. Your views are extremely important and highly valued, and will help to drive the organisation even stronger together.

British Canoeing launch Sprint & Slalom Talent Club Engagement Strategy

British Canoeing are pleased to officially launch the Sprint & Slalom Talent Club Engagement Strategy – a strategy aiming to provide further support to sprint and slalom clubs.

The first phase of this engagement and opportunity is a grant scheme which is being made available to Clubs in order to help establish a sustainable, paid, jointly funded coaching role for your club.

Clubs are invited to read through the detail of the Club Partnership Programme, which can be found on the relevant disciplines section on our webpage.

Share the Space

Waterways and Environment met with the Canal and River Trust’s (CRT) Licensing and Mooring Advisory Group to take forward an initiative to Share the Water Space on CRTs waterways in a responsible and fair manner. Their canal system is becoming increasingly popular with all types of users enjoying the water space, as well as the towpath, which can at times cause conflicts between recreational users.

One proposal is to set up a group to identify issues and produce a code of conduct to provide guidance so as everyone can enjoy our waterways. Partners will include powered boaters, anglers, and non-powered craft users including both paddlers and rowers.

If your club/centre is interested in knowing more, please contact Richard Atkinson at

If you would like your club or centre to be featured send your good news stories to!

Do You Dare Take On A Spooky Canoe Trail?

Halloween is fast approaching and we have just the thing to send a shiver down your spine! Five of our trails have been given a spooky makeover, with ghosts and ghouls galore. They are sure to be a scream but will you dare to take one on?!

The winter Club Challenge is returning for 2017!

The challenge runs over three months and is a great way to ensure you can all enjoy those mince pies over the festive season guilt free. It’s a great opportunity for your club to get social and think up some fun themed paddles. There are prizes for most miles and most places paddled. Find out more here.

2018 Coaching and Leadership conference

British Canoeing are pleased to launch the 2018 programme with an early bird discount until 25th October!

The event will bring together coaches, leaders and guides, at all levels and disciplines, who are invited to engage, discuss and reflect on the engaging keynotes and workshops through the weekend.

We are pleased to include workshops aimed at clubs including ‘Understanding the Youth of Today’, ‘Inclusive Coaching Workshop’ and the Foundation Module Coaching Young Paddlers’ as well as Guide Modules, Provider Moderation’s and a one day First Aid workshop!

British Canoeing AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the above named company will be held at Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3SS on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 11am.

All members are welcome to attend.

Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Head of Governance and Compliance, Urvasi Naidoo –
by Monday 22nd January 2018.

Following the British Canoeing AGM, Eastwood Hall will also host the British Canoeing National Conference and National Volunteer & Recognition Awards on Saturday 24 March. Save the date for now and full details will be published in November.

Skills development and qualifications​​​​​​​

Star Awards Review – there is still time to have your say!

Open until the 10th November, share your feedback about the proposed model of the Star Awards, via our short online feedback form.

Read more here.

Incident reporting​​​​​​​

This reporting system is for all canoeing incidents.

If you have been involved in an incident as a result of canoeing activity you should complete our incident reporting form.

A copy of the British Canoeing Incident Report Form can be found on our guidance and resources page.

Incidents reported should also include near misses. This information will help us to identify canoeing issues and to establish an accurate picture of safety and other concerns across the country.

The Paddlepower award scheme is a colourful and youth centred series of personal performance awards designed to meet the needs of young people.

The British Canoeing Star Awards are designed for paddlers aged 16 and over.

1 and 2 star awards encourage paddlers to experience the various types of paddlesport available. Paddlers then ‘specialise’ in particular disciplines from the 3 Star Award onwards.

The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence, while the 4 star and 5 Star Awards are leadership awards which enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions.

Find out more on our skills development pages on the British Canoeing website.

Coaching: update

E Learning

British Canoeing have refreshed and relaunched the Paddlesport Leader eLearning, FREE and open to anyone interested in Leadership.

British Canoeing have also released the Nutrition and Hydration and an Introduction to Disability Awareness eLearning, free and available to anyone interested in developing their knowledge in the subject areas.

British Canoeing Safeguarding Contact Details

Contact for Reporting Concerns
Urvasi Naidoo Tel: 0115 8968842

Contact for DBS related queries and guidance about Safeguarding policies, documents and processes.
Kimberley Walsh Tel: 0115 8966580 (Mon-Wed)

Is your Club Welfare Officer signed up to our mailing list?

Our CWO quarterly E-newsletter contains specific safeguarding information, guidance and resources for Club Welfare Officers.

Email to add your CWO to the list if they don’t already receive the mailing.

South East Region

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) of the British Canoeing South East Regional Development Team is taking place on Saturday 4th November 2017 at Wey Kayak Club Guildford Waterside Centre, Riverside, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1LW.

This is an open invitation to Clubs in the South East Region to come along and find out what’s going on in the region, receive British Canoeing updates, exchange ideas/events with other club representatives and attend Club Matters workshops.

Royal Canoe Club Paddling Challenge 2017

Royal Canoe Club are hosting their annual paddling challenge on the 21st October. The race is 10km long, upstream along the River Thames, and starts and ends at Royal Canoe Club, Teddington. Special guests on the day will include Olympians Liam Heath, Jess Walker and Rebii Simon.

Tyne Tour – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November 2017

Taking place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November the weekend offers something for all levels of paddlers including races, guided trips, trade stands and coaching. You may just want to enjoy the social side of the event getting a chance to meet other paddlers or old friends! Click here.

North East Region

Irwell Wild Water Race National Wavehopper Club Team Championships:
The North East Regional Development Team & Wild Water are running the first ever Wavehopper Club Team Championship – the idea being to bring team racing to new clubs and take the sprint team format to new levels of excitement and fun – it’s much harder than it looks! Click here

Darren Cresser fundraising event – Tees Barrage White Water Centre:
On Sunday 22nd October the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre are hosting a paddlesport event to help raise funds for Darren Cresser who was seriously injured whilst out riding his bike. Click here for more information.

Do you have an update you’d like clubs and centres in your region to know about? Send an email to!

Have you heard about our reward scheme?

Clubs and centres can receive commission for every member they recruit to British Canoeing through Rewards. Every 6 months we pay commission at a rate of £5 per new member.

Encourage new members to sign up and the origin of each new member will be traced by referencing the name of the club or centre.

Find out more on our website!

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