British Canoeing is delighted to announce three clubs have signed up to the Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership Programme.
Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club, Norwich Canoe Club and Wey Kayak Club have joined the programme, which is aimed at developing the next generation of elite athletes.
The Paracanoe Talent Programme (PTCP) is committing to supporting and working in partnership with English performance focused clubs during the Tokyo Paralympic cycle by providing additional engagement, resources and support.
Funded by Sports Aid’s Backing the Best scheme and delivered via the England Talent Programme, the PCTP will enable clubs to play a crucial role in the creation of a world-class Paracanoe talent pathway, which cultivates talent and creates opportunities for more athletes to become part of the World Class Programme. It will also support clubs to increase the numbers of disabled participants in paddle sports.
Attila Herbent, Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club Head Racing Coach said:
“The partnership is a massive step forward for Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club, to engage with a wider audience of all abilities. We are very much looking forward to working with British Canoeing to learn from their experiences with their very successful Paracanoe programme. We hope this is the start of something much greater for our club, becoming much more visible with in our local community.
Having 10 years’ experience working with people who have a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and 9 years coaching experience, now I will be able to bring the skills from both my job at the NHS and my passion for canoeing together.– Attila Herbent, Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club Head Racing Coach
“Merging the two experiences together will give me a new learning experience, one which I will endeavour to pass on to my coaching colleagues at Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club.”
Speaking on the new partnership, Norwich Canoe Club’s Tim Scott said:
“Norwich Canoe Club are extremely excited to have been awarded a PTCP and are looking forwards to an exciting new era of working closely and successfully with British Canoeing.
The PTCP will give Norwich Canoe Club an amazing opportunity to establish brand new links in the region and to create talent pathways for paddle-ability paddlers that will benefit the sport, the Club and the local community for years to come.– Tim Scott
Wey Kayak Club Head Coach David Martyn says:
“The PTCP builds on Wey’s existing partnership as a Talent Club Partner and represents for the sport the Gold Standard in Club management.”
"The funds from British Canoeing is the seed investment we need, to develop a sustainable programme to make available to as many people as possible, irrespective of their disability.
The opportunity to enjoy the real pleasure of a healthy life style on the tranquil water of the River Wey that all our members enjoy, and we are most grateful for British Canoeing's trust in us to deliver.– David Martyn
Fellow Head Coach Pete Gorman says:
"It's no coincidence that Wey paddlers, Olympic Champion (Liam Heath) and Paralympic Champion (Anne Dickinson) three years ago stood on the top of the rostrum in Rio, we are now supporting club member Tim Lodge in his Paralympic campaign for Tokyo 2020."
Paracanoe Talent ID Coach & Backing The Best Co-Ordinator, Roger Weir, said:
“The PTCP project is a brilliant opportunity for the Paracanoe Programme to engage and work alongside the clubs in order to help provide athletes with various impairments the opportunity to take part in paddle sport to varying levels.
The project aims to set up a Paracanoe talent pathway working in partnership with the clubs to develop future Paralympians. Each club brings with them a wealth of experience, and I am looking forward to working with the coaches and clubs to collectively develop this project into a successful and sustainable talent pathway.– Paracanoe Talent ID Coach & Backing The Best Co-Ordinator, Roger Weir
For more information on the Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership Programme click here