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Voluntary Vacancies


Athlete Attendee Volunteer Member – Performance Wellbeing Group

RESPONSIBLE TO: Chair of the Performance Wellbeing Group 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Three* years and shall be eligible for re appointment at the end of each term.

SALARY: Voluntary (reasonable ‘out of pocket’ expenses reimbursed)  * Subject to satisfactory performance and engagement

LOCATION: Group meetings will be held virtually and occasionally may be held at British Canoeing Head Office, National Water Sport Centre, Nottingham or Lee Valley White Water Centre, London with accessible video link.

PURPOSE OF THE GROUP: See the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Performance Wellbeing Group


  • Experience of a World Class Programme, Talent ID programme and/or Talent Programmes (ideally within a Canoeing discipline)

  • A passion for safeguarding, welfare and wellbeing of athletes, staff, and volunteers

  • Analytical and problem solving skills to make objective decisions or recommendations.

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  • A passion for Canoeing or high performance sport and aligned with British Canoeing’s values

  • Empathetic and willing to understand the views and perspectives of others 

  • Diplomatic and able to treat issues sensitively 

  • Able to devote sufficient time to the role.


  • Attend and contribute at face to face or virtual meetings, usually 4 times a year

  • Engage with requests for feedback or consultation electronically as requested

  • Advise on the development and review of policies and procedures within our programmes to ensure that they reflect British Canoeing’s commitment to wellbeing 

  • Ensure appropriate opportunities for discussion and consultation are created for those affected by our policies and procedures

Performance Wellbeing Group information and Athlete Attendee – Volunteer Member Role

The Performance Wellbeing Group was established in 2017 to support the work of British Canoeing to develop and deliver appropriate policies and practices around matters of athlete, staff and volunteer welfare within its World Class Programmes and Talent programmes.

The group is made up of 3 independent members, up to 6 athlete attendees, a representative from the British Athlete Commission, and internal staff including: the Performance Wellbeing Coach, Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Performance Psychologists, and a Coaching Representative.

The Group have raised awareness of the importance of prioritising wellbeing within our programmes and informed various policies, procedures and projects, but it is vital to continue this work to maintain positive progress.

The Group will advise on the development of policies and practises which have implications on the wellbeing of our people. This has included for example: selection policies, our Appeals Procedure, the Athlete Agreement, Codes of Conduct, grievance and disciplinary policies, and welfare and mental health related policies. The Group will also advise on wellbeing matters and topics arising, and on effective monitoring and evaluation procedures.

We have recently recruited 3 new independent members but are looking for an additional member who would represent the athlete perspective alongside our Athlete Representative members. We are specifically looking for an athlete who has recently left a British Canoeing programme (due to retirement, deselection, or other reasons). 

This is a voluntary role and is expected to be largely conducted through virtual meetings.

To apply:

Please contact Zofia by email by Friday 21st May stating why you wish to apply for this voluntary role: [email protected]

Depending on levels of interest, virtual interviews may be held in May/June 2021. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.


Scottish Canoe Association Board vacancies - Finance Director and 2 x General Directors

The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Paddlesport in Scotland.  Our membership organisation comprises around 3200 individual members including 1,750 qualified coaches. We have a network of affiliated clubs and approved paddlesport providers throughout Scotland offering a range of canoe disciplines. All members of the SCA Board are required to contribute to discussions which aim to:

  • Establish the SCA’s vision, values and standards and ensure that its obligations to the whole membership,
  • staff and other parties as appropriate are fully understood and met
  • Establish the SCA’s strategic aims, ensuring the necessary resources (financial and others) are in place in
  • order for the organisation to meet its objectives and review management performance
  • Provide leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which allow risk
  • to be assessed and managed to ensure compliance with company and other statutory laws that apply
  • Ensure that the company’s obligations to outside stakeholders are understood and met

We aim to make the sport as accessible as possible for everyone and to fulfill our environmental responsibilities whilst striving for excellence in everything we do.

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The SCA is passionate about equality and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. We are currently working towards achieving the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard in Sport. Applications are especially welcome from individuals within groups currently under-represented on the SCA Board, such as women, disabled people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Pre-COVID, the opportunity to join Directors’ meetings electronically already existed but since March 2020 all Board meetings have taken place online.

To find out more about our Board opportunities, speak to Stuart Smith, the CEO or by contacting any of the current Directors. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2021.

Further details including role descriptions and person specifications are on the SCA website:


British Canoeing Regional Development Team Vacancies

Hours: 6 days per year (approx.)

Location: Regional

Salary: Voluntary

British Canoeing is the United Kingdom's Governing Body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking.

Across England there are 10 volunteer led Regional Development Teams (RDTs), whose purpose is to involve itself in all matters relating to the development of the sport and recreation of Paddlesport within their regions. Learn more

Each RDT is made up of four elected posts; Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and a number of technical roles including Regional Coaching Representatives (RCR) to Regional Waterways Advisors (RWA). A full list of roles and summary role descriptions can be found here. 

Being part of your local RDT is a great way of supporting clubs, centres and paddlers in your region and to influence the direction of British Canoeing.

The following teams looking for enthusiastic people to fill positions:

North Eastern Regional Development Team:

Vice Chair and Regional Waterways Advisor.

North West Regional Development Team:

Regional Paddle-Ability Representative and a Regional Safety Advisor. 

Cumbria Regional Development Team:

Regional Waterways Advisor, Regional Safety Advisor and Regional Paddle-Ability Representative

Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Development Team

Secretary and Regional Waterways Advisor

East Midland Regional Development Team

Chair, Secretary, Regional Safety Advisor, Regional Communications Officer and Regional Events Coordinator.

Eastern Regional Development Team:

Regional Communications Officer -

  • Coordinate the regional communications and information service, Including the
  • regional webpages
  • social media assets
  • Undertake BC website training as required
  • Encourage the production of regional news stories and sharing with BC media team 

Area Coaching Representative (ACR) for Cambridgeshire

Area Coaching Representative (ACR) for Norfolk

South Regional Development Team:

Vice Chair, Treasurer, Regional Communications Officer.

South West Regional Development Team:

Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Regional Paddle-Ability Representative and a general call out for people to support the work of the region.

In addition, the English Coaching Management team are also are seeking applicants for a Regional Coaching Representative in the Channel Islands.

For an informal chat please contact:

For Regional Waterways Advisor contact [email protected] 

For all other roles contact Craig at [email protected]

To apply:

For a general expression of interest form please click here.

These posts are covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers. 

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.