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British Canoeing sign MOU with Ugandan Canoe Federation

British Canoeing have recently signed an Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ugandan Canoe Federation to continue the relationship moving forward.

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Following on from the visit in May 2017, where British Canoeing hosted representatives from the Uganda Canoe Federation and Uganda Rowing Federation for a four day bench marking visit, the continued support has now been formally agreed to help the development of the sport internationally.

British Canoeing as part of its Strategic Plan wishes to play a more significant role in the development of Canoeing internationally and to become more involved in international events and affairs for the benefit of its members, clubs and teams.

British Canoeing therefore is seeking to host more international competitions and wishes to support the development of the sport in emerging nations.

This MOUC will open a two way relationship and communication between British Canoeing and the UCAF providing opportunities for sharing of knowledge, expertise and best practice. This includes:

  • Collaboration in the sharing of ideas and influencing the landscape of the international canoeing environment
  • Sharing of technical advice and assistance regarding planning, organisation, development and performance
  • Advice and guidance on coaching developments and access to UK coaching expertise
  • Access to British Canoeing coaching framework and qualification delivery through an agreed programme and delivery method
  • Liaison and discussion in the development of infrastructure and access for paddlers
  • Access for one or two Ugandan slalom athletes to undertake elite training at Lee Valley White Water Centre with coaching from British Canoeing programme staff for an agreed period/programme (funded through Olympic Scholarship programme)
  • Attendance of a British Canoeing performance sprint coach to attend a training camp in Uganda working with coaches and athletes to upskill and share knowledge and also enhance the experience of the coach
  • The provision of boats, equipment and/or equipment surplus to requirements in the UK that may augment resources in Uganda

Ronald Mutebi, President of the Uganda Canoe Federation, said: “On behalf of the Uganda canoeing family, we are so excited about our partnership with British Canoeing. British Canoeing's great performance at the Rio 2016, is what we intend to emulate from this project, as well as sharing our great lakes and rivers resources for the British paddlers to acclimatise in Uganda in the near future.

We are particularly excited that the British Canoeing offered to assist us in the development of our sporting system, as a means of attaining top performance, in the spirit of levelling the ground, and creating a levelled ground in sport, that is the spirit of solidarity.

– ​Ronald Mutebi, President of the Uganda Canoe Federation