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Volunteering

Volunteers are the lifeblood of paddlesports. We cannot support the development of young people, clubs, coaching and competitions without our wonderful volunteers.

For British Canoeing, volunteering means many different things. In simple terms, it is any person who gives their time to the sport in any role whether in a club, centre, committee or at an event. This includes coaches, officials, committees, trustees, parent helpers and anyone else who gives their time free of charge - even if this is making the tea, washing the kit or repairing equipment.

Within our volunteering section we give you guidance on how to volunteer, together with useful information for your club, organisation, centre or committee.

Find out more about the Paddlesport Activity Assistant programme, where we aim to help recognise and endorse your volunteers to take on leadership roles within your organisation here.

The benefits of volunteering

  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Improves organisational and work skills
  • Enhances employability and looks good on a CV
  • Improves your career options
  • Gain experience in different roles
  • Develops transferable skills and knowledge
  • Provides new challenges
  • Increases confidence
  • Produces health benefits

Clubs are run on the support and hard work of volunteers and there is a large variety of ways you can get involved. If you want to know more information and details about the different roles you’ll find these all outlined in our club management section.

Next steps

Contact British Canoeing who can give you some advice on clubs and centres that may need new volunteers and help you find available volunteering opportunities.