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Club Coaches & Leaders

Having active, qualified coaches is essential for the survival and development of any club. Running an annual programme of coach training, qualification and development should be part of a clubs normal operation.

Coaching and Leading Club Activity

We strongly encourage that British Canoeing qualifications are adopted for club coaches and leaders, providing a robust and trusted framework for club members on the water. For more information on British Canoeing qualifications click here

In cases where clubs do not have leaders and coaches with British Canoeing qualifications, it is expected that club committees meet their duty of care, as soon as possible, by putting in place a process to ensure club activity leaders/coaches have the required level of competency.

 For club committees in this position we have provided a club competency framework and some examples of how clubs have carried out this process. 

Club Activity Definition

As from 1st October 2020 club activity for English based clubs affiliated to British Canoeing is defined as:

‘Any activity that has been assessed as part of the club’s safety framework and promoted on the club calendar, website or noticeboard.’ ‘Club activities also include inter-club activities where the responsibility for risk assessment and management is carried out and then shared between all participating clubs.’

Club Coaching/Leadership Programme

In running a coaching programme there is a lot of help and support from British Canoeing Coaching Staff, Regional Development Teams and your local Canoeing Development Officers. Your County Sport Partnership also offers practical support and training. Before setting up any programme, check out the support on offer.

Having active, qualified coaches is essential for the survival and development of any club. Running an annual programme of coach training, qualification and development should be part of a clubs normal operation.

In running a coaching programme there is a lot of help and support from British Canoeing Coaching Staff, Regional Development Teams and your local Canoeing Development Officers. Your County Sport Partnership also offers practical support and training. Before setting up any programme, check out the support on offer from our coaching pages https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/coaching-leadership/my-pathway .

If you are looking for ways to try and get more coaches within your club alongside the information within our coaching section of this website we would also recommend that you take a look at the Coaching information within Sport England’s Club Matters website.