British Canoeing has today announced the first ten clubs to join a new partnership aimed at developing the next generation of elite athletes.
The Talent Club Partnership has been created to provide additional investment, engagement, resources and support to performance focused slalom and sprint clubs and coaches.
British Canoeing and the clubs will work together to develop excellent club infrastructures and support, build a talent pathway for all paddlers, support the best young athletes to fulfil their potential and ultimately drive future successes for Great Britain at junior, under 23 and senior levels.
Following an open and transparent process ten canoe sprint and slalom clubs have been selected as Talent Club Partners, with a second wave of clubs to be announced later this year.
- Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club (West Yorkshire)
- Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club (Nottinghamshire)
- Shepperton Canoe Club (Middlesex)
- Stafford and Stone Canoe Club (Staffordshire)
- Elmbridge Canoe Club (Surrey)
- Norwich Canoe Club (Norfolk)
- Reading Canoe Club (Berkshire)
- Royal Canoe Club (London Borough of Richmond upon Thames)
- Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club (Warwickshire)
- Wey Kayak Club (Surrey)
The first wave of clubs are currently developing their plans to increase club membership, enhance regular participation and provide coaching structures that deliver an inspiring and fun environment in order to nurture talent.
Scott Hynds from Elmbridge Canoe Club, based in Surrey, said:
“This exciting opportunity will help enable us to produce athletes to fill the national teams, to work with other canoe clubs, and British Canoeing more closely. We want to share best practice and expertise from the highest International level to the first try at paddling.
Tim Scott from Norwich Canoe Club said:
“Norwich Canoe Club are excited about the new trust and support being shown in our canoe clubs by British Canoeing. We look forward to this partnership strengthening further as Norwich Canoe Club strive to develop as a regional centre of excellence where all our junior athletes are encouraged to flourish as people as well as all round athletes, whatever their level of ability.”
Mark Haylett from Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club in Nottinghamshire said:
“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the England Talent Programme through the Talent Club Partnership and hope that together we can continue to develop our club athletes and coaches to achieve their potential and excel.”
Peter Gorman and Dave Martyn from Wey Kayak Club said:
“Wey Kayak Club is proud to be working in association with British Canoeing on this exciting initiative to increase participation in competitive paddling and raise standards.
“For Wey the key is to grow the base by keeping it fun whilst having a clear pathway to encourage those who wish to develop their full potential the opportunity to become future champions.”
The Talent Club Partnership is a key development to enhance the England Talent Programme, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. The England Talent Programme is supported by Sport England funding.
The Talent Club Partnership will be managed by British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway Managers Rich Ramsdale (slalom) and Mark Hoile (sprint).
Improving talent pathways is also a key ambition from Stronger Together, British Canoeing’s four year strategic plan, which was launch in March 2017.
Further details about the Talent Club Partnership and England Talent Programme can be found on the British Canoeing website.