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Four Sprint Clubs Sign Up to Talent Club Partnership

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the second wave of clubs to formally join the Talent Club Partnership (TCP), which was launched in early 2018 following an open and transparent application process.  

Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club, Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club, Banbury and District Canoe Club and Southampton Canoe Club have now joined the programme and will all work with British Canoeing to further develop excellent club infrastructures and support.

The Talent Club Partnership, has been created to provide additional investment, engagement, resources and support to performance focused slalom and sprint clubs and club coaches.

Speaking on joining the Talent Club Partnership,

Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club are delighted to be working with British Canoeing as part of the Talent Club Partnership. Being part of the TCP will enable us to nurture the local talent through an open door policy, giving other athletes within the region access to our talent development programme as we look to use this opportunity to create a regional hub training facility.

– Kev Bowerbank, Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club

Falcon see the Talent Club Partnership as a great opportunity to work with British Canoeing to develop our volunteer coaches and provide additional specialist coaching to our promising junior paddlers. It will allow us to increase the quantity and quality of the coaching that we offer our juniors, hopefully allowing them to progress even further.

– Jo Bates, Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club

Banbury & District Canoe Club applied to join the Talent Club Partnership to help us further improve the opportunities we can give our junior paddlers, and enable us to offer those to more young people in the area. We believe it will help us access best coaching practice – through stronger links with other clubs in the programme, and support from British Canoeing, the Talent Pathway and Performance Departments. As a predominantly family-based club, the additional funding will enable us to develop enhanced coaching programmes for our progressive and committed juniors, without adversely impacting on the bulk of our membership.

– Siobhan Urquhart, Banbury & District Canoe Club

From the moment we saw the advert to apply for the Talent Club Partnership we knew we had to apply. The opportunity to work in partnership with British Canoeing and the other Talent Partner Clubs, to help our members, coaches and club develop and improve what they do whilst looking at creating a stable and sustainable process to ensure it lasts into the future was irresistible. We hope that through the scheme we achieve these aims and help our club provide a greater service to its members, thereby helping us to grow and thrive.

– Richard Gilbert-Johns, Southampton Canoe Club

Charlie Barwis, British Canoeing Talent Club Partnership Manager, added:

The addition of these four clubs to the Talent Club Partnership marks British Canoeing’s intent in creating a world leading club development system that supports every athlete to be the best they can be. Banbury & District, Falcon, Wiltshire Youth and Southampton canoe clubs will all form an integral part of the Talent Club Partnership and will make a full contribution to future athlete’s success, both on and off the water

– Charlie Barwis, British Canoeing Talent Club Partnership Manager

The four new Talent Club Partners join ten clubs that signed up to the partnership as part of wave one. The current clubs signed up to the TCP are:


Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club

Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club

Shepperton Canoe Club

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club



Banbury & District Canoe Club

Elmbridge Canoe Club

Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club

Norwich Canoe Club

Reading Canoe Club

Royal Canoe Club

Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club

Southampton Canoe Club

Wey Kayak Club

Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club


Improving talent pathways is also a key ambition from Stronger Together, British Canoeing’s four year strategic plan, which was launch in March 2017.

Further details about the Talent Club Partnership and England Talent Programme can be found on the British Canoeing website.