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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 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.

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 J14’s in Div 2 and J15’s in Div 1. 

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

Paddler & Parent Handbook

Coaches Handbook 

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 Talent Programme Slalom Athlete Pathway
England Talent Programme Slalom Athlete Pathway

England Slalom Talent Programme Squad List

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Qualification Criteria

2022 Slalom School Eligibility Criteria

Slalom School Calendar 

The next Slalom School training weekend to book onto is:

Slalom School at Holme Pierrepont Whitewater Course, Nottingham

Taking place at Holme Pierrepont Whitewater Course, Nottingham, NG12 2LU.


Friday 18th - Monday 21st February 2021

This year the England Talent Programme will be running camps for paddlers from across all regions, which mean that some half term training camps might not coincide with all regions half term dates, in this instance there will be different ticket options based on how many days a paddler will be able to attend for, the tickets options for the HPP training camp are as follows:

Athlete: Slalom School event at HPP on Fri 18th - Sun 20th February 2022 - Price £30.00 
Athlete: Slalom School event at HPP on Sat 19th - Mon 21st February 2022 - Price £30.00 
Athlete: Slalom School event at HPP on Sat 19th - Sun 20th February 2022 - Price £20.00 
Athlete: Slalom School event at HPP on Fri 18th - Mon 21st February 2022 - Price £40.00 

To book onto this training weekend please sign in and pay using the booking page HEREThe deadline to book onto this Slalom School training camp closes at 23:59pm on Sunday 30th January.

More information about the training days will be sent out to registered paddlers after the booking deadline closes.

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

Additional Resources

There has been a series of online workshops that have been conducted for the Slalom School programme:

Strength & Conditioning Workshop

Psychology Workshops