The England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme has today (Friday 5 March) released its programme strategy for 2021-25, which outlines the direction and focus of intent for the next four years.
The England Talent Programme in its current structure was established in 2013 and has supported countless athletes, to personal, domestic and international successes, including English athletes achieving World and European Championship finals, team World and European Championship medals, a European Championship title and ECA Junior Series Cup medallists and champions.
In the Tokyo Olympic cycle, it has transitioned a total of 11 athletes to the World Class Programme (WCP).
The England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme has ambitions to sustain this success and continue to play a critical role alongside the other home nations in establishing Great Britain as a leading Canoe Slalom nation at all age range championship levels.
To achieve this ambition, the programme's structure and provision needs to adapt and respond to external influences in both the sport domestically and internationally and as well as wider society in order to sustain success in this Paris 2024 Olympic cycle and also into the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic cycle.
“Given the context of Covid-19, the opportunity to support all to reactivate and re-enable sporting opportunities is hugely important.– Richard Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing
Richard Ramsdale, British Canoeing Head of Talent, said:
“This England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme Strategy will help build stronger links to clubs, their communities and their coaches. We will be providing more opportunities and investment to grow a sustainable base of talented athletes that will help drive and support positive athlete experiences at every stage of the pathway in England and help deliver world leading Junior performances both now and the future.”
More detail can be found in thefull document with the new programme and its provision commencing in May 2021, with further details to follow.