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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.


Stronger Together Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Stronger Together Ringand Text

In March 2017 we will be launching Stronger Together, the new strategic plan for British Canoeing.

Stronger Together is a plan for the whole of the sport and will guide our work until 2021.

It is not only for the Board and the executive team but also for the clubs and centres, regions and disciplines and many other committees, for the national associations and for our many national and regional partners – because it is through working cooperatively that we will be stronger together.

It seeks to better harness the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of all of those individuals and organisations who want to play their part in building an even brighter future for the sport in England and throughout the UK.

Stronger Together presents a clear purpose and vision for British Canoeing. It also sets out 11 ambitions to be delivered by 2021.

Our Purpose and Vision

The purpose of British Canoeing is to;

“Inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement”

The vision for British Canoeing is;

“A united British Canoeing, focused on our people and ambitions and excellent in delivery”

Our ambitions

Ambition One                    Increase regular participation in paddlesport

Ambition Two                    Attract new members and improve member engagement and satisfaction

Ambition Three                 Create and promote more opportunities for exploration, adventure and challenge

Ambition Four                   Develop a stronger network of clubs and centres

Ambition Five                   Create more places to paddle and improve facilities

Ambition Six                     Improve access and promote environmental awareness

Ambition Seven                Provide excellent competitions

Ambition Eight                  Improve pathways to performance and international success

Ambition Nine                   Develop volunteers, coaches and leaders

Ambition Ten                    Strengthen governance and financial sustainability within the sport

Ambition Eleven               Improve the profile of paddlesport and communications throughout the sport