English Club Coaching and Leadership Bursary Survey

Please find below a message from the BC Club Services Team:

We will shortly be announcing a bursary aimed at financially supporting the development of coaches and leaders in English affiliated clubs.  We will be looking to support clubs by upskilling volunteers who lead and coach on the water.

Before we send out the bursary details and application forms we would ask that you fill in the survey below. This will give us a better picture of the current level of coaching and leadership in your club. It will also give us a better understanding of whether your club might be in a position to make a contribution to or match funding in order to increase the number of volunteers accessing this bursary.

The survey can be found here and we would ask that you fill it in by 06.11.20. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Area Development Officer or clubs@britishcanoeing.org.uk

BC update on paddlesport activity 26 March 2020

Members will recognise that we are in a very fast changing situation, responding to the advice and guidance dealing with issues related to the Coronavirus COVID 19 situation.

With regards to paddlesport activity, British Canoeing has today issued new guidance in the following statement:

In light of the government’s Stay at Home measures and following new guidance issued today by the Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust, which impacts the usage of waterways, British Canoeing has further revised its position and now strongly recommends that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.

This is in line with government advice requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes, avoiding social gatherings and all non-essential travel.

Further information is here.

MRC Junior Development Squad March 2020

A list of those who are eligible and have applied to be on this year’s MRC Junior Development Squad is here:  JDS 16 March 2020
Don’t forget, now that the racing has started again, you can join throughout the year as you get promoted.  
Boys U18 Div 3      U16 Div4
Girls U18 Div4        U16 Div5
Canoeists – one division below the kayakers.
The link to sign up is here.
 
At the moment this weekend’s training day at Elmbridge is going ahead, and more information will be sent to JDS paddlers, parents and coaches soon.
 

Postponement of the British Canoeing Regional Workshops

Te impact of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is already being felt in many aspects of our lives and this is likely to escalate in the coming weeks.

As a part of our response to the Corona Virus, British Canoeing has taken the decision to postpone the Future Strategic Plan Regional Workshops which were due to take place throughout England over the next 6 weeks. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience that this may cause.

We plan to reorganise these in October 2020 and will publish these dates within the next few weeks. We will also shortly announce plans for a series of digital conferences around the future strategy which we expect to take place in April and May. This will enable many members to still contribute fully to this phase of developing the strategy.

British Canoeing will be issuing its wider advice around COVID-19 to clubs, committees and event organisers later today via our website and other communication channels. We will then update this whenever the advice changes from the various governments within the UK.

Kind regards

David Joy

CEO, British Canoeing

 

Fair, Shared and Sustainable Open Access

A reminder from British Canoeing:

For too long the right to paddle on or swim in our inland waters in England and Wales has been disputed.  Many special places are perceived to be ‘off limits’, with paddlers frequently subject to challenge or threats over their right to be there.

 It’s time this changed, and we need you to make it happen.

We are asking the Government to review current policy toward access on waters in England and Wales. This includes considering new legislation where necessary. Signing the petition will help us achieve this.

If you are passionate about protecting the places we paddle and ensuring our children and future generations can enjoy fair, shared access to all our waterways then please sign our petition today.

Fair, shared, sustainable open access. It’s not too much to ask for…is it?

For more information about the Clear Access, Clear Waters Campaign and to sign our petition, head to www.clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk NOW!

BC Spring Roadshows

British Canoeing are running a series of roadshows around the country.

The roadshow will visit 14 locations in March and April and aims to provide members with an opportunity to:

• Hear about the progress made towards the ambitions within the current four-year strategic plan, Stronger Together
• Comment on what should be included in the next strategic plan for 2021-25
• Meet with and raise questions with British Canoeing CEO David Joy, senior staff and Board Members who will be present.

More information and registration can be found here.