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Young Volunteers

Young volunteers have a really important role

Paddlesport has a great deal to offer young people. The whole sport depends on the input of volunteers and by giving some time to paddlesport you can:

  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications and British Canoeing awards for your time
  • Learn from experienced volunteers and develop transferable skills and knowledge
  • Enhance your employability through experience in different roles
  • Improve organisational skills and make new friends

Remember, employers and organisations respect someone who volunteers their time - volunteering in paddlesport will really help your CV.

Opportunities in paddlesport

There are lots of opportunities for young people to get involved in volunteering in paddlesport. Take a look at our Reward Schemes and Awards, join our Youth Action Network, or get involved in volunteering at your local club or centre.

What roles can I take on?

There are lots of roles you can take on in clubs, centres or at regional and national level. Here are just a few:

  • Supporting the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Assistant Treasurer or fundraising
  • Media/Marketing Officer - designing club logos and posters; creating website and newsletters
  • General administration - committee minutes; assisting with Clubmark or development plans
  • Checking boats and equipment
  • Coaching - assistant to coach or leader and helping lead sessions/warm-ups
  • Assisting at events and festivals

For more information on all of these take a look at club roles within our Club management section.

Next steps...

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Contact British Canoeing at [email protected], who can give you advice on clubs and centres that may need new volunteers and help you find suitable volunteering opportunities.

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