Talent Identification Programmes
British Canoeing has a great track record of developing athletes though Talent Identification (TID) Programmes. Recent successes from athletes that have come through our talent programmes include participating at the London 2012 Olympic Games and representing Great Britain at the World Championships.
British Canoeing has two Talent Identification Programmes running in Canoe Slalom:
- The TID Academy based at the National White Water Centre in Nottingham
- The TID Academy based at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire.
These programmes aim to strengthen the pool of talented athletes around these centres competing in the sport of Canoe Slalom.
In 2011 Rushcliffe School in the Nottingham suburb of West Bridgford was chosen as the ideal base from which to select a new generation of top paddlers from. Both the school and local Canoe Club (Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club) were keen to form a partnership when approached and British Canoeing has been working with the staff and pupils from the school and volunteer coaches from the club to identify and develop those pupils with the skills and desire to compete and excel in the sport of Canoe Slalom.
Looking to capitalise on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games and create a long lasting legacy for Canoeing at Lee Valley, in 2013 a Talent Identification Programme, ‘Rapid Talent’, was set up in Lee Valley. British Canoeing Coaches have established partnerships with a number of local schools in the surrounding area to identify and develop those pupils keen to take up competitive canoeing.