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#ShePaddles Club Champion Funding Announced

British Canoeing are excited to have secured funding for a new #ShePaddles Club Champion programme. The funding, which comes from the Sport England Workforce Diversity Fund, provides a fantastic opportunity for English clubs to engage more women and girls, particularly from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds.

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We are lucky to have a sport which in itself is hugely diverse. This funding gives us the chance to reach and engage with those who are currently underrepresented in paddling.

– Cadi Lambert, Go Paddling Engagement Officer

The funding allows British Canoeing to extend their current #ShePaddles project into English clubs, by recruiting 100 #ShePaddles Club Champions. The club champions will be mainly chosen from English clubs in high population areas, such as large towns and cities. They will be taking the lead on ensuring there is excellent provision for engaging with and developing female paddlers within their club. In return the champions will have the opportunity to qualify as a Paddlesport Instructor. Ten of the club champions will have the further chance to take the Paddlesport Leader qualification.

This Sport England funding allows us to develop current female club paddlers, by providing the training and assessment for a recognised British Canoeing qualification. They, in turn, will become inspiring role models for future paddlers.

– Chris Earle, Head of Participation and Club Services

More information about the roles and how to apply will be released in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the British Canoeing website and social media for the latest updates!