British Canoeing’s England Talent Programme is delighted to announce that after a thorough and highly competitive selection process, five clubs have been appointed Racing Talent Club Partners for the 2021-2025 cycle.
The five Racing Talent Club Partners are:
Elmbridge Canoe Club
Reading Canoe Club
Richmond Canoe Club (identified canoe specialist club)
Royal Canoe Club
Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club
The Talent Club Partnership (TCP) is evolving and will be a fundamental part of the new Sprint Performance Strategy.
The consultation within the Sprint Performance Strategy has outlined the need for stronger clubs, more paid coaching positions, for better links across the pathway and for clubs and British Canoeing to work more collaboratively to enable the sport as a whole to grow and to be successful on the world stage.
The ambition is to work collectively to build a broad base of talent from which future racing champions emerge.
Talent Club Partnership Manager, Charlie Barwis, said:
It is a really exciting time for the Talent Club Partnership and I believe this cohort of clubs will be strong partners moving forward.– Talent Club Partnership Manager, Charlie Barwis
"The selection process was difficult and all applicants offered viable proposals which the panel had to consider. I look forward to working with these clubs in the next cycle.
"I recognise that there will be a spotlight on these clubs and the partnership as a whole, based on the investments made. However, I have full confidence in the direction each club wants to progress and it’s alignment with the Talent Club Partnership ambitions. These are exciting times for the club community and the sport”
The Talent Club Partnership is wider than the five Racing Talent Club Partners announced. With the introduction of Talent Club Associate and Talent Club Champion tiers, the partnership can provide a variety of support to enable more clubs to develop in their talent development provision. Talent Club Associate is an open ended application period and clubs seeking more information about this level of support should contact [email protected]
For those clubs interested in Talent Club Champion support, this programme is still in development and will be launched later on this year.