Category Archives: Organisation

  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

  Club Representatives at the ACM

Annual Consultative Meeting – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham – 75 minutes after the last race on Saturday evening.

All affiliated Canoe Sprint Racing clubs can nominate 1 member to represent their club and vote on behalf of their club. The club representative must be a fully paid-up British Canoeing member.

To speed up the checking-in the process, where each representative’s membership is validated before any voting takes place, can the club representative please bring their BC membership card with them to present at the meeting.

  Annual Consultative Meeting – 2nd September 2017

Annual Consultative Meeting – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting will be 75 minutes after the last race of the National and Open Paracanoe, Senior and Junior Championships Regatta on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

The agenda and papers for the meeting can be found on the Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) page, under the Organisation tab, and documents will be periodically added to this page as and when they become available for publication and distribution.

  SuPer SePtember T-shirts are now available to pre-order online!

T-shirts and Polo shirts commemorating British Canoeing’s SuPer SePtember events are now available to buy online from HydraSports: .

Pre-ordered T-shirts are £10 or £12 on the day. Polo shirts are £15.

If teams/groups order in bulk they will have the option to personalise the tops.

The SuPer SePtember events are:

  • 2nd/3rd September – Sprint and Paracanoe National Championships
  • 9th/10th September – Canoe Polo National Championships
  • 16th/17th September – British Open (slalom, rafting and more)
  • 24th September – Marathon Hasler Final
  • 31st/1st Sept/Oct – Freestyle European Open

Further information about the events is available here: .

  British Canoeing TASS Places Announcement

British Canoeing is proud to announce that they have been awarded 20 Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) places across Slalom and Sprint for 2017/18.

TASS aims to support English athletes to fulfil their sporting potential and to meet their academic and vocational goals, through a dual process which creates a genuine balance between sport and education.

The British Canoeing TASS Programme will be positioned to support aspiring and committed English U23 athletes that are studying at recognised higher education institutions. Any athlete wishing to be considered for TASS for 2017-18 is invited to consider the Inclusion Policy  and register their subsequent interest by completing the TASS application form  by Friday 18th August 2017.

  Annual Consultative Meeting – call for nominations and agenda topics

Annual Consultative Meeting – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

The Sprint Racing Section’s Annual Consultative Meeting will be 75 minutes after the last race of the National and Open Paracanoe, Senior and Junior Championships Regatta on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Each year, the Chairman of the Sprint Racing Committee (SRC) is elected for one year and committee members are elected for a period of 2 years by the representatives from sprint clubs.

Anyone interested in standing for election to the SRC, or as Chairman, needs to send a nomination supported by the signatures of two full individual British Canoeing members, to reach the SRC Secretary no later than the 1st August 2017.

Likewise, any issues for discussion at the ACM need to be submitted in writing, supported by the signatures of two full individual British Canoeing members, again to reach the SRC Secretary no later than 1st August 2017.

If you are interested in joining the SRC, you are welcome to have a chat with Cathy Wynne, Secretary, or Alan Laws, Chairman, at the regatta next week. Ask for them at the Regatta Secretary’s Desk.

Mrs Cathy Wynne
Secretary, BC Sprint Racing Committee
40 Bramble Close, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9HQ

  British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe!

A message from Robert Knott, Head of Marketing and Communications, British Canoeing

British Canoeing has announced the launch of Go Canoe! – a brand new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky SPORTS throughout this summer.

The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events. The series will also include tutorials, introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes.

Go Canoe! is being produced by Hit the Roof, with magazine contributions produced by MediaPack.

David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to work with Sky Sports to create this series of programmes. Go Canoe! will really showcase the excitement and breadth of Canoeing to a wide audience and is another step forward in the delivery of our new strategy Stronger Together.”

Hannah Brown, a two time World Champion in wild water racing, will feature in one of the episodes of Go Canoe! and is delighted that the sport will be aired on the Sky Sports channels:

“It is fantastic news that canoeing, including my discipline of wild water racing, will receive some brilliant exposure on Sky Sports. It really shows that there is an interest and a demand for canoeing on a national scale. It has been great to be involved in the series and have the opportunity to showcase wild water racing to the wider public who may not have seen or heard much about the sport before. I can’t wait for people to see how exciting and diverse the sport is. Such coverage is vital to the sport and hopefully will encourage more people to give it a go.”

The first Go Canoe! show will be broadcast on Sky SPORTS on Monday 24th July 2017. The full schedule is as follows:

Programme 1 24 July 2017 21:00
Programme 2 31 July 2017 22:30
Programme 3 7 August 2017 22:00
Programme 4 14 August 2017 22:00
Programme 5 21 August 2017 21:00
Programme 6 28 August 2017 21:00
Programme 7 4 September 2017 21:00
Programme 8 11 September 2017 21:00