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British Canoeing secures 'Backing The Best' funding

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British Canoeing is pleased to announce that it has once again secured grant funding from Sport England and Sports Aid’s ‘Backing The Best’ programme to continue to build the foundation of our Paracanoe talent pathway via our Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership (PTCP) programme. 

The £145,018 grant obtained will support the cost of delivering the next phase of the PTCP programme from April 2021 through to March 2023.  

This funding will help to continue the work to establish a formal and systematic Paracanoe Talent Pathway that develops people with the skills and necessary attributes to transition and thrive within the World Class Programme.  The funding will also support and help clubs work with relevant stakeholders, including local charities, health, public and statutory bodies and community groups to establish links and create local community based partnerships.  The aim is to help create a sport that is more representative of British Society, offering more opportunities to underrepresented groups and to support more people with disabilities to be more involved in paddle sports.

Scott Simon, British Canoeing Flatwater Head Coach, said: “I am delighted that Sport England and Backing the Best have supported our ambition to grow Paracanoe in the paddlesport community by investing in clubs to build an accessible and integrated pathway for people to access and thrive in our sport. 

"The funding also allows us to create opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate, and compete in an integrated sport that includes all. Given the context of COVID19 the opportunity to support all, to reactivate and find sporting opportunities is hugely important and the funding a massive enabler for all”

Alice Radford, Backing The Best Awards Manager for SportsAid, said: 

“SportsAid is delighted to be able to support such an exciting project through the Backing The Best programme with Sport England. 

"SportsAid is committed to supporting the development of talented young athletes in an open and inclusive environment, ensuring equality of opportunity through its programmes of help and recognition. 

"We are thrilled to be working with British Canoeing to create an environment that is more representative of British society today. It’s a terrific opportunity for British Canoeing to build on the foundations of the paracanoe pathway within community clubs, engage and retain more underrepresented groups, and support more young people with disabilities to take part in paddle sports.”   

With the current PTCP agreements coming to an end in March of this year, we will be working quickly to release the next phase of the PTCP shortly and expect to have applications open to interested clubs in the coming weeks.