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British Canoeing is here to help your club increase its membership, be a successful facility and flourish in helping people enjoy paddlesport in all its forms. In this section you’ll find information and guidance on how to run your club effectively. Including how to run the business affairs of your club, how to operate and promote yourselves successfully.

Club Affiliation

If you want to enhance your club, affiliating to British Canoeing brings lots of benefits. The public and all agencies recognise you as being properly constituted, well managed and responsible. Through support from British Canoeing you can also ensure that you are operating safely in the interests of your members. We’ve made it easy for you to affiliate by providing all the templates and documents you need.

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It’s really important that your club has got insurance to cover day to day operations and activities that your club runs. Combined Liability insurance is provided for your club when you affiliate to British Canoeing. Full details of cover can be found here. 

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Club Management

All clubs are different and vary in scale, interests and activities they offer however there are some basic management structures, policies and procedures that we would recommend are adopted and embedded within your organisations to ensure the safe and effective running of your club.

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The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is an online resource centre available to affiliated clubs, containing news, advice, guidance, and more! Clubs can make use of our live chat, forums, webinars, and soon will be able to host meetings through a Zoom facility. 

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Club Webinars

We are running a series of club webinars to help support the development of your club.

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Marketing & Promotion

To attract new members to your club you need to ensure that your club has a high profile in the community; this can also help when you are seeking grants and funding. You will need to be clear about what opportunities you can offer to potential new members and who it is you are trying to attract to your club.

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Grants & Funding

Grants are the perfect way to improve your club’s activities, membership, equipment or facilities. The good news is that there are plenty of organisations out there who offer grants, and who are always on the lookout for projects to fund. If you can make sure your club is organised and ready to take advantage of this support, you will improve your chances of receiving funding.

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Club Accreditation

Quality Mark is British Canoeing’s Kite Mark for canoe clubs. The achievement of this standard also meets the criteria specified in Club Mark, Sport England’s cross sport accreditation scheme. This demonstrates best practice in the running and management of sports clubs and is recognised throughout England. On achieving this standard your club will be accredited with both awards. 

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