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British Canoeing and the sport as a whole would not be what it is today without the army of volunteers that give up their free time to support us. Be it through clubs, centres, and committees or at events, these incredible people make community sport happen and ensure that grass roots development continues to grow.

Volunteers come in all ages, shapes and sizes and have a variety of different skills. Volunteers are young people, parent helpers, have full time jobs or just want to be part of the sport without physically taking part. They can coach, repair equipment or just make the tea, whatever their involvement we thank them for their help and tireless energy.

Why Volunteer?

Becoming a volunteer can be a huge but rewarding commitment. It will give you the opportunity to make friends, build your confidence and help you learn new skills. You can also work towards some of our nationally recognised qualifications, pass on your knowledge, and it looks great on your CV!

Every year we celebrate the fantastic achievements of our volunteer community at the Volunteer Awards. These accolades are given to those volunteers who have gone the extra mile in the name of paddlesport, in categories such as ‘Young Volunteer’, ‘Volunteer Coach’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution’. All awards are nominated and voted for by paddlers themselves so everyone can get involved.

How can I become a volunteer?

There are lots of ways you can become a paddlesport volunteer. Simply pop down to your local canoe club or centre who can let you know of any volunteer opportunities. They may also offer volunteer taster or open days you can attend. You can also check with your local school and your local press where volunteer openings may be advertised.

Alternatively, get in touch with us using the details below and we’ll try our best to put you in touch with someone in your area who can help.