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

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The England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme aims to develop a connected and collaborative pathway that supports young athletes, coaches and clubs. Our programme provision is designed to create a collaborative approach supporting and developing young athletes focused on developing clubs, coaches and the wider environment where athletes spend the majority of their time.

In January 2022 the England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme released its programme strategy for 2022-25, which outlines the direction and focus of intent for the next three years. The England Talent Programme provision is shaped by the Sprint Performance Strategy and aligned to British Canoeing’s ‘Stronger Together’ strategy.

More detail can be found in the full document.

Watch Richard Ramsdale (Head of Talent), Charlie Barwis (Talent Club Partnerships Manager) and Imogen Collins (Pathway Development Coach) explain the 2022-25 England Sprint Talent Programme strategy. 

Programme Overview

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Programme Provision

Our programme provision is divided into key areas of focus split boardly between club development, coach development, athlete support and our athlete development framework.

Club Support

The Talent Club Partnership (TCP) programme strives to support young paddlers through an effective club network and help them fulfil their potential. We are investing into TCPs and creating more opportunities for support through our Talent Club Associate and moreover, to all affiliated clubs through the Talent Club Champion accreditation process.

Coach Support

The Pathway Development Coach will provide support to club coaches and young paddlers who are outside of the Talent Club Partnership network, or not part of a club support structure. 

Coach Developer support will be available to club coaches through a variety of workshops and training sessions that deliver targeted learning interventions. A Club Coach Development programme is also supported, aimed at specific TCP club coaches to provide a supportive development programme, focused on youth development.

The Strength & Conditioning Coordinator equips coaches with the knowledge required to effectively profile, plan, programme and coach appropriate physical training for the developing paddler.

Athlete Support

Junior Development Squad

The Junior Development Squad (JDS) is a jointly coordinated programme, supported by the Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and the England Talent Programme.

JDS training days are aimed at junior paddlers who are looking to develop their flatwater racing skills. A series of training days offer paddlers the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and paddle in new waters. JDS is also aimed at coaches seeking to develop their knowledge and engage with like-minded coaches that have a desire to learn, engage and share ideas.

There will be circa 4 camps per year at regional locations. 

More information and detail is available via the JDS Training Days site

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Athlete Development Framework

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 Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Athlete Development 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 Athlete Development Framework identifies the key foundations that underpin long term potential, across genders and classes detailing technical competencies, racing experience, physical measures, psychological characteristics and behaviours. 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 framework will be supported with the release of subsequent learning resources, videos, templates, benchmarks, testing protocols and supported by coach learning groups.

Canoe Technical Model Videos

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James Train, Senior Women’s Canoe Technical Coach, takes us through the Canoe Technical model and looks at the 3 B’s in Canoe (Boat, Body and Blade).  

The videos provide clear principles and highlight some of the key areas that should be looked at when developing Canoe technique.

Strength & Conditioning Videos

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Supporting the athlete development framework, our What It Takes To Progress (WITTP) model, English Institute of Sport Strength and Conditioning Coach , Helen Shipman, takes us through some of the key lifts and exercises of a youth strength and conditioning programme. 

The exercises are designed to build the foundations of athleticism (motor control, mobility, strength, coordination) for both healthy development and long term sporting performance.

Stage 1 Fundamental Movement Skills

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Supporting the athlete development framework, our What It Takes To Progress (WITTP) model, BCAB have been working with the English Institute of Sport to provide a series of videos covering Stage 1 Fundamental Movement Skills targeted at paddlers. 

Athlete Ed McDonald demonstrates a range of exercises covering the topic areas of double leg exercises, single leg exercises, hinge exercise and upper body exercises.

These videos are useful for all paddlers, instructors, coaches and leaders. 

Click here to watch the Stage 1 Fundamental Movement Skills videos