Category Archives: National

  Racing Skills Day at Reading Canoe Club rescheduled to Saturday 13 January 2018

Reading Canoe Club, in partnership with British Canoeing, are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 13 January 2018 at Reading Canoe Club. Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and become better informed in the process to aid  the development of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way.

Racing skills is open to those coaches, parents and athletes who wish to compete in racing kayaking or canoeing. It will mostly be targeted at U13 and above.

Please use the links below for more information on the racing skills day and more details about the England Racing Skills Programme.

    icon_pdf  Racing Skills Day information

    icon_pdf  Racing Skills Booklet v3

To register an interest in the Racing Skills Day please use the online registration form

Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager- Canoe Sprint) 

  Update to National Junior Crew Boat assessment days 3/4 March

More details have been issued about the National Junior Crew Boat K4 and K2 assessment days on 3rd & 4th March. These updated details are given in the document that can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. The downloaded document also contains a further link to the registration process for the event. You should note that registration closes at 15:30 on Friday 23rd February 2018.

    icon_pdf  Details for Junior K4 and K2 assessment days

  2018 Canoe Sprint & Marathon handbooks are now available

The racing handbooks for the 2018 season are now available by post for £9 (including £3 P&P)

You can order a copy by making an electronic transfer of £9 to the Sprint Racing Committee bank account, and then emailing your name and address to Cathy Wynne

The bank account details for your payment are:

Account name: British Canoeing Sprint Racing Committee
Sort code: 20-19-95
Account No: 93457605
Payment reference: ‘Handbook’ + your name

  2018 dates for your diary

We are now able to confirm the dates and the focus for the regattas which will be held at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham in 2018. There will be 5 National Regattas plus a 1-day Selection Trials.

  • 14th and 15th April 2018 – British Canoeing National & Open Sprint Regatta, including Selection Events
  • 28th April 2018 – British Canoeing Selection Trials
  • 12th and 13th May 2018 – British Canoeing National Sprint Masters Championship Regatta
  • 2nd and 3rd June 2018 – British Canoeing National & Open Band Together Regatta
  • 7th and 8th July 2018 – British Canoeing MacGregor Inter-Club Challenge National & Open Regatta
  • 1st and 2nd September 2018 – British Canoeing Inter Services and National & Open Sprint Championship Regatta

  England Talent Programme Club Partnerships

Please read this message from Richard Ramsdale:

Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention the official launch of our Club Engagement Strategy today. As part of the Stronger Together strategic plan, the England Talent Programme is committing to supporting and working in partnership with English Olympic discipline performance focused clubs during the Tokyo Olympic cycle and beyond by providing additional engagement, resources and support.

The England Talent Programme recognises the important role that clubs play in the talent pathway, in providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills and passion for the sport. The first phase of this engagement and opportunity is a grant scheme available to clubs in order to help establish a sustainable, paid, jointly funded coaching role for your club.

We are inviting clubs to read through the detail of the Club Partnership Programme (which can be found on the relevant disciplines section on our webpage). We are asking qualifying clubs to enter into the process of being considered for grant support by submitting an initial expression of interest by 12 noon on 23 October 2017.

If there are any specific questions or queries please contact the relevant Talent Pathway Manager, included below, that will be overseeing their discipline’s Club Partnerships links.

  England Talent Programme – Support for Clubs – Slalom 
  England Talent Programme – Support for Clubs – Sprint  

Rich Ramsdale – Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Slalom)
I came into the competitive discipline of Canoe Slalom at a late age and have never been in a position to benefit from any formal development programme inclusion, instead I was fortunate to be part of a series of active clubs that ignited a passion for the sport that saw me progress through the domestic ranks and introduced me to the coaching pathway which has now become my career. I will be forever grateful for these opportunities and formative experiences and hope that through our Club Partnership Programme we can help more clubs provide similar experiences to more aspirational Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint athletes.

Mark Hoile – Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Sprint)
The Club Partnership Programme is an exciting new venture to work alongside a small number of canoe clubs that wish to have Sprint Canoeing at the heart of their Club. This programme helps the club to develop self-sustaining business models to support the cost of its coaches, to support the development of clubs, their coaches and their athletes.

Warmest regards

Richard Ramsdale
Talent Pathway Manager (Canoe Slalom)

  British Canoeing Performance Department – Racing Seminar

On behalf of Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director, and Mike Chandler, Head of Performance Coaching, British Canoeing would like to invite you to a racing seminar for all coaches on 11th November 2017.

The seminar, which has been put together with some of our club coaches, will be a mixture of interactions, presentations and coaching discussions with the view to keep building and spreading our knowledge across the sport to help continuously improve our athletes.

      icon_pdf  Racing Seminar Poster

The seminar will be free to attend and a venue will be confirmed in due course, but will be easily accessible from the M25 and M40 as this is most central to most clubs.

There will be up to 100 places available and please let Mike Chandler know if you wish to take part by Friday 29th September 2017 by using his email: Clubs can send one email with a list of attendees, which must include each attendee’s full name and email address.

We’d love for you to join us to help keep improving this sport together.

We looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Paul and Mike