Category Archives: Talent Pathway

  Sprint Talent Update March 2021

Welcome to the March Talent Update.

It is with a growing sense of positivity and optimism that we can all at last begin to look towards a return to paddling as we welcomed the announcement last month of the government’s road map to recovery.

It was encouraging to read that from 29 March outdoor sport facilities will be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. We are still awaiting further guidance from the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England on what this means and once this is published we will be working through what this means for our activity and any facility we access to ensure that we can begin to run England Talent Programme sessions as quickly as possible in a safe and controlled manner. More information and the Covid-19 mitigations in place governing these sessions will be communicated out to athletes through your programme coach or the Talent Covid Officer during this month.

This recent period has been hugely challenging for athletes, coaching staff and parents alike as everyone tries to balance conflicting priorities and demands. These last 12 months have been the challenge of a generation and one that we hope to never endure again. As a programme we are proud of all our athletes, their families and our staff in the way they have weathered the storm of the last year, showing grit, resilience and commitment throughout.

Best Regards,

Richard Ramsdale

  NEW World Class Programme Prospect Support announced

A new programme of support has been announced for talented athletes who were in their final year as juniors or at the beginning of an U23 career in 2019. Athletes from sprint and/or slalom disciplines can apply for the programme. There will be a maximum of 11 places awarded between the two disciplines. The support programme will run from April to December 2021 inclusive. Applications must be received by 23rd February 2021.

Full details of the proposals can be found on the link below.

    icon_pdf  WCP Prospect Support

  Sprint Talent Update

A Sprint Talent Update from British Canoeing has been issued with items focused on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on various aspects of the talent programmes. The full Update can be found HERE

  Womens England Development Programme – 14/15 March Training Weekend

The England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme are pleased to announce details of their upcoming Womens England Development Programme (WEDP) training event.

This training weekend will be taking place on Saturday 14th March & Sunday 15th March 2020 at Reading Canoe Club, The Warren, Reading RG4 7TH.

The purpose of the Womens England Development Programme (WEDP) is to help female athletes learn what it takes to be an elite female in sport, build a community of like-minded people and increase the female-specific knowledge of what they need to thrive and excel in our sport.

It is the hope of the talent pathway that this can be used as an educational starting block within a young female’s journey in sport.

A key component of this programme is around learning and equipping athletes with a toolbox of thoughts, capacities and expectations to allow them to continue their hard work at their club with specific focus for them as individuals.

This weekend will be building on the first Women EDP training day (report HERE). More information about this training weekend can be found HERE.

Sign up for this camp fo athletes can be found HERE, sign up closes on 10th March.

  International Coach Programme 2020


The England Talent Sprint Programme is pleased to announce ‘The International Coach Programme’, a new addition to programme provision for 2020.

This programme is a key part of the England Talent Canoe Sprint Talent Plan and will support the development of a national talent system based more strongly in clubs, under pinning and driving our Athlete, Coach and Club development programmes.

The International Coach Programme provides a structured and supported learning opportunity for club coaches to experience Canoe Sprint competition at an international level working alongside Great Britain Team coaches at the Olympic Hopes regatta durint the 2020 Canoe Sprint international season. Coaches will be supported in this process by the Talent Coach Developer who will hwlp to structure and facilitate event attendance in a manner designed to support the learning needs of the individual club coach.

It is intended that exposure to the international racing standards will enable the club coach to better understand and appreciate what is required to race at this level, in order to help them best support and develop their own athletes within their club. For more detail and how to apply please see the full Policy HERE