The British Canoeing Online Coaching Community of Practice

The British Canoeing coaching department will be running a weekly online coaching community of practice videos which you can sign up to and watch, a full news article can be found through clicking on the link HERE.

Join British Canoeing for the first of a weekly conversation connecting coaches from across the British Canoeing paddlesports community on Thursday 9th April, between 2 and 3pm.

Each week we will choose a coaching topic and discuss the implications and applications in various coaching contexts, sharing our experiences and learning.

This week Craig Morris (Podium Technical Coach – Canoe Slalom) will be joined by Matt Lawrence (Technical Coach – Paracanoe), Luke Smyth (Southern Regional Pathway Coach – Canoe Slalom) and Imogen Collins (England National Talent Squad Coach – Canoe Sprint) to discuss how they are managing to ‘Coach through COVID’.

This meeting will be held online via Google hangouts, therefore, you will need to be able to access this mechanism. If you would like to join the conversation please email sid.sinfield@britishcanoeing.org.uk for a meeting invite. Places will be restricted by technology.

If you are unable to join us at the time, these conversations will be recorded and available as a download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body digital library, allowing you to catch up when it suits.

  Sprint and Paracanoe Selection events cancelled

On Wednesday, 18 March British Canoeing announced the cancellation of the Sprint and Paracanoe Section events:

In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved in our events, British Canoeing has today confirmed the cancellation of the sprint selection event planned for 28/29 March and the Paracanoe selection event planned for the 25/26 April 2020.

It has been agreed that subject to any further external influences beyond our control, the British Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic selection events will take place on either 4 or 5 June. Further details will be released as soon as they are available.

The ICF has today released news of the cancellation of the European Olympic Qualification event in Racice. It has also confirmed the postponement of the sprint and paracanoe world qualification event due to be held in Duisburg on 21-24 May, with the possibility that this may be staged at the end of June. The full ICF release 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