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First England Slalom School Training Weekend

Last weekend saw a total of 28 paddlers and four club coaches participate in the first ever England Slalom Talent Programme Slalom School weekend at Holme Pierrepont White Water Course in Nottingham.

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The weekend saw young paddlers from all over England coming together to learn and challenge themselves on the course at Holme Pierrepont under the coaching support of Slalom School coaches. This particular weekend saw a focus on the introduction of foundation paddling skills and effective white water paddling. 

Paddler, Maddie Hobbs said of the weekend:

‘The sessions were really well organised, the coaches were all really friendly and were easy to talk to and gave feedback whilst on the water and made the sessions fun and enjoyable.’

Club coaches were supported through England Talent Programme Coaches and Coach Developer. Coaches were supported in developing their technical understanding and how to structure your coaching for long term learning. 

Talent Coach Developer, Pete Catterall said:

“It was really great to be working with some of the slalom club coaches. They spent the two days mixing between talking about coaching theories and sharing ideas while spending time with both the coaches running the sessions and the England Talent coaches, the main focus was on technical understanding and how to structure your coaching for long term learning”.

The England Talent Slalom School Programme is an inclusive training and development opportunity for athletes and club coaches based at moving and white water venues. This is a new and exciting development within the England Talent programme and a key component of the new England Canoe Slalom Talent Programme 2021-2025 Strategy launched in March (full news story here).  

This weekend was just the first weekend of six due to be held this year where paddlers and club coaches could come together for a focused weekend of development. 

Further information on the Slalom School programme including programme handbooks is available on the England Slalom Talent Programme webpage HERE.