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AGM, Stronger Clubs Conference and National Recognition Awards

Saturday 14th March 2020

Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Rd, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3SS.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

British Canoeing's 40th AGM will be taking place at 10am. 

Any motions for discussion at the annual general meeting must be signed by two Full Individual Members entitled to vote in accordance with the British Canoeing Articles of Association and lodged with the Head of Governance [email protected] by Tuesday 14th January 2020.

More information can be found in the formal notice.

Stronger Clubs Conference

The conference aims to bring together club officers, club coaches, event organisers and volunteers who all contribute to the growth and development of paddlesport in England. 

The day will provide the latest insights from across paddlesports to keep your club up to date, helping your volunteers to feel better informed, better equipped and even stronger together.  

Our theme for this year’s National Club Conference is “Developing People, Protecting the Environment”.  Clubs are full of people passionate about their sport, dedicated to helping others enjoy the experiences paddling can bring and critically aware of the importance of protecting our waterways for future generations.  We look forward to exploring the following questions throughout the conference: How do we get more people involved in paddling? How can we ensure everyone’s experience of paddling is positive, leading to a life-long love of the sport? How will we harness this passion for the sport to protect our environment?

 To address these issues we are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers with a wealth of experience and expertise:


Marianne Davies, Motivation Specialist with Dynamics Coaching

Creating Fields of Dreams

For many years I reflected deeply on and tried to understand, the motivation and passion that inspires people to engage in paddlesports. As a mother, enthusiastic participant, practitioner, coach developer, coaching manager and academic; these musings were founded from multiple perspectives and toward an abundance of different goals.

In this keynote, we will explore the wonderful opportunities and experiences that being part of a paddling club can provide to individuals, families and communities. The challenges to clubs of becoming more engaging and inclusive without losing what works for those already involved. And how clubs can create the fields our dreams are built on, whatever our ability, motivation or particular discipline/s.

Marianne’s Bio

Marianne has been involved in adventure sports of one sort or another her entire life. Her father was a very keen mountaineer and climber, her mother passionate about horses. Marianne soon added water sports to the list and has spent over 30 years engaging in all these activities; from personal participation, to working in outdoor education centres, management training and for national governing bodies. 

Her work in the sector has ranged from developing participation right through to coaching, training and assessment. In addition, Marianne has been active in mountain rescue, leading expeditions, and working at Canoe Wales; latterly as the Coaching Manager.

Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager, British Canoeing

The Future of the Earth - what are you going to do about it?!

Every day, people across the country are getting active outdoors – walking, swimming, paddling, camping and climbing.  Fundamental to all our outdoor adventures are safe, clean places to access the countryside. However, our waters are increasingly clogged with plastic pollution and invasive non-native species, and our legal right to be on the water remains frustratingly unclear to most.  The challenge to paddlers to preserve and improve the environment has never been greater and requires action now to protect our waterways for generations to come.

Our paddlesport clubs can be the catalyst to cleaner, greener, healthier places to paddle- so how will you and your club be involved in the movement for Clear Access, Clear Waters?

Ben’s Bio

Growing up on the edge of the Peak District instilled a deep passion for the outdoors in Places to Paddle Manager, Ben Seal. Scouting and family adventures developed his love of the natural environment, leading to a career as an outdoor instructor. A job which allowed him to share with young people the opportunity to get out in the countryside and have an adventure!

In his current role at British Canoeing, Ben is able to draw on his knowledge and dedication to the great outdoors in a new way. Managing a team covering access, environment and facilities and leading a national campaign championing the case for opening access on rivers and protecting the environment.

Ben is an active member and Trustee of Midland Canoe Club, as well as a Trustee of the Derwent Valley Trust. He also works closely on a volunteer led initiative, ‘PaddlePeak, cleaning the River Derwent and campaigning for improved access for recreation.


As well as the keynotes speakers, attendees can choose up to three workshops throughout the afternoon. 

The workshops available are:

  • She Paddles
  • Clear Access, Clear Waters
  • Talent Development
  • Developing Independent Young Paddlers
  • Developing Coaches and Leaders
  • Running a Safe Club
  • Recruiting and Retaining Members Using Social Media
  • Using the Paddle Awards to Develop Confident and Competent Paddlers
  • Drop In Problem Solving
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Regional Waterways Advisors
  • RECENTLY ADDED - Sprint Competition Review: Exploring the impact on Future Sprint Regattas

Take a look at the conference programme by clicking here or download the PDF below.

Useful Downloads

Volunteer and Recognition Awards

In the evening, the Annual Volunteer & Recognition Awards will be taking place from 7.30pm onwards.

The evening will consist of a host of amazing volunteers and their stories and a three course dinner.

If you would like to attend the evening tickets cost £30. The dress code for the evening is formal/lounge suits. 

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If you wish to stay at Eastwood Hall for the event you can access a discounted rate of £65 per room by referencing British Canoeing when booking. 

Contact the hotel via their website or on 01773 532 532 to make your reservation.  

Registration & Booking

To book for the conference and dinner, please click here