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The British Canoeing Slalom Athlete Pathway aims to provide a seamless transitional pathway for talented athletes from Junior and Talent Programmes, into the Senior Slalom Podium Programme.

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England Slalom Talent Pathway

The England Canoe Slalom Talent programme has supported English athletes in achieving World and European Championship finals, team World and European championship medals, a European Championship title and ECA Junior Series Cup medals.  In the Tokyo Olympic cycle the programme has transitioned a total of 8 athletes to the World Class Programme (WCP). 

There are 7 part time and full time coaching staff who work within the England Slalom Talent Programme and are deployed throughout the pathway in various regions throughout England. Our coaches are amongst the highest qualified in the country and engage in a process of continual professional development.

Programme coaching provision is based locally to key white water facilities spread throughout England to ensure that we can maximise athletes’ coaching exposure within these environments. 

Development in Canoe Slalom is, in part, dependent on regular and consistent access to moving water. Provision may look very different depending on where individuals are based as a result of what white water access is available.

Key Resources

England Talent Canoe Slalom Strategy 2021-2025
England Talent Canoe Slalom Strategy 2021-2025
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Squad Structure

The England Slalom Talent Programme is divided into a tiered, progressive squad structure with three clearly defined levels, qualification criteria and aims:

Slalom Schools  – Inclusive training and development camps for athletes and club coaches, supporting exposure to various moving and white water venues and developing technical and coaching skills in athletes and club coaches. Primarily aimed at athletes that are J12/J13’s in Div 2 and J14’s in Div 1. 

Click on the links below for the Slalom Schools Programme Handbooks:

Athlete & Parent Handbook

Coach Handbook 

There has been a series of online workshops conducted this year:

Strength & Conditioning Workshop

Psychology Workshops

England Regional Development Squad (RDS) – Primarily supporting Junior 14-16 athletes, developing and preparing athletes to progress to the England National Talent Squad (ENTS). There are three Regional Development Squads; Southern, Central and Northern, each region supports up to 16 athletes. Each RDS has a full time coach who provides a programme of coaching through weekly and weekend training sessions at various venues throughout the UK. The RDS’s are selected in Winter and reviewed in Spring each year.

England National Talent Squad (ENTS) – Supporting Juniors and U23 athletes to qualify onto GB teams and to make Junior and U23 World Championship finals.  Up to 24 athletes from Olympic Classes will be selected with up to 8 places for U23 athletes (4 athletes in LV and up to 4 athletes in HPP).  

England Talent Programme Slalom Athlete Pathway
England Talent Programme Slalom Athlete Pathway

England Slalom Talent Programme Squad List

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Qualification Criteria

The support that we can provide is finite and we are selective to ensure we offer appropriate programme places and development opportunities. Our philosophy is that by publishing and explaining our pathway, its aims, standards, expectations and associated development, we make it as easy as possible for everyone to understand why and how we make these hard decisions.

England Slalom Talent Programme Qualification Criteria 2021-22

The application window for inclusion onto the 2021/22 England Slalom Talent Programme is open. Any athlete wishing to be considered for inclusion in the 2021/22 Canoe Slalom England Talent Programme must complete the expression of interest form by 12 noon on Monday 18th October. Application is via the link HERE.

Athletes who are currently a member of the England Slalom Talent Programme do not need to fill out a
registration form with the exception of those that are in their last year as Juniors or all U23 athletes.

Upon applying you will receive a submission message straight after you completed the application form as opposed to an email confirmation.

England Slalom Talent Programme Regional Development Squad Inclusion Webinar

To watch the England Slalom Talent Programme Regional Development Squad Inclusion Webinar please click HERE. The presentation slides for this webinar can be read HERE.


I was formally on the Regional Talent Academy and have attended Slalom School training weekends this year, do I need to apply?

Yes, if you would like to be considered onto the England Slalom Talent Programme for 2021/22 you will need to complete the expression of interest form by 18th October. Application is via the link HERE.

2021 Slalom School Eligibility Criteria

Slalom School Calendar 

The next Slalom School training weekends are:

Northern/Central series

Taking place at Howsham Weir, YO60 7PW on Sat 6th and Sun 7th November. 

The booking window to book onto this training weekend has now passed. More information about this training weekend will be sent out to registered paddlers shortly. 

Southern/Central series

Taking place at Proteus Canoe Club, Orton Mere, Peterborough PE2 7DZ on Sat 20th and Sun 21st November.

The booking window is now open. 

To book onto this training weekend please sign in and pay using the booking page HERE. The deadline to book onto this Slalom School weekend closes at 23:59pm on Sunday 31st October, unless tickets are sold out beforehand. 

Please note: There is a maximum of 16 paddlers able to book on per day and this will be on a first come, first served basis. There is flexibility to book onto both days or just one of the days however there will be a natural progression from the first training day to the second training day. 

The expression of interest form is not your booking confirmation for either Slalom School training event. 

For information on bookings, payments and timetables please contact; Talent Operations Coordinator. [email protected]  

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What it Takes to Progress

Talent development is not a simple, standard, straight line process; each individual is unique.  Coaching at the base of the pathway involves working with broad groups of individuals that all have varied and developing needs and facility access. The WITTP framework offers a reference point for decision making to help coaches create effective and appropriate learning environments suitable to the needs of their paddlers and the constraints of the environment that they operate within.

The WITTP framework identifies the key foundations that underpin long term potential, across genders and classes detailing technical competencies, racing experience, physical measures, psychological characteristics and behaviors. The framework is the foundation that drives our athlete, coach and club development programmes and guides the work of coaches, developers and support staff. 

The WITTP will be supported with the release of subsequent learning resources, videos, templates, benchmarks, testing protocols and coach learning groups.

Key Resources

Click here for Canoe Slalom What It Takes To Progress resources