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About British Canoeing

We are British Canoeing, the national governing body for paddlesports in the UK. Formerly known as the British Canoe Union, Canoe England and GB Canoeing, we now come together under one unified organisation.

A little history

We have been around since 1936 as the British Canoe Union. In 2000 we federalised to become the umbrella organisation for the home nation associations in Scotland (Scottish Canoe Association), Wales (Canoe Wales) and Northern Ireland (Canoe Association Northern Ireland). We are still the membership body for England and are responsible for developing the sport within England.

Today British Canoeing is responsible for leading and setting the overall framework for all the National Associations and includes areas such as coaching, competition and representing canoeing interests at a UK level.


Paddlesports for all

Since 1936 there have been many wonderful, significant changes and advances in our sport. Canoeing now covers a wide range of interests and passions as a sport and a leisure activity. We want to support and provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy and realised their potential within all aspects of canoeing regardless of their age, background or ability.


Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision 2020 for the sport is to be the first choice watersports for all. Behind our Vision are our clear messages:

  • Do it – join over 300,000 households who go canoeing
  • We aim to be the number one Olympic and Paralympic canoeing nation

Our Mission is to help and inspire people to go canoeing

To help us achieve our Vision 2020 we have five strategic objectives:

  1. Increase regular participation
  2. Internationally successful
  3. More and better places to paddle
  4. Raise our profile
  5. Strong governance and leadership with quality operations

To help us achieve this we rely on a large number of volunteers who commit time, expertise and dedication across a wide range of roles, committees and groups. Without their commitment we simply would not be where we are and could not achieve our Vision 2020.