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 8 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.
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 J14’s in Div 2 and J15’s in Div 1.
Click on the links below for the Slalom Schools Programme Handbooks:
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 (up to 4 athletes in LV and up to 4 athletes in HPP).
England Slalom Talent Programme Squad List
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.
Athletes who are not currently part of the England Slalom Talent Programme and who wish to be considered for qualification for the RDS or ENTS should complete the online programme expression form (link will be updated once live). This form will be open from 12th September 2022 and will close 24th October 2022 12:00pm.
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.
Click here for Canoe Slalom What It Takes To Progress resources
There has been a series of online workshops that have been conducted for the Slalom School programme: