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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 has supported English athletes in achieving World and European Championship finals, a Junior World and European Championship title. In the Tokyo Olympic cycle the programme has transitioned a total of 11 athletes onto the World Class Programme (WCP). 

There are 3 full time coaching staff, who work within the England Slalom Talent Programme and are deployed throughout the pathway in various areas throughout England. Our coaches are amongst the highest qualified in the country and engage in a process of continual professional development.

The aim of the squad structure is to provide additional support and opportunities to athletes at each level within the pathway, as a key part of the Sprint Performance Strategy and the plan to achieve Junior World Championship A final results and equip more athletes to transition successfully to the World Class Programmes

Training and race camps are typically based at regatta venues or lakes to allow for quality, value adding provision appropriate for long term development and performance.

Key Resources

England Talent Canoe Sprint Plan 2019-2025

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Squad Structure

The England Sprint Talent Programme is divided into a tiered, progressive squad structure with clearly defined levels, qualification criteria and aims designed to provide additional support and opportunities to athletes each level within the pathway:

Junior Development Squad Programme

The Junior Development Squad (JDS) Programme will seek to create and deliver an annual series of coaching events aimed at developing racing skills in young paddlers as well as providing coach development opportunities. 

The programme will seek to establish an inclusive and supportive environment that sparks curiosity from both athletes and coaches which enables the sharing of knowledge, best practices and information to collectively raise the level across the racing community. 

The programme will bring together key organisations from across the racing community, the Sprint Racing Committee, the Marathon Racing Committee, British Canoeing’s England Talent Programme and World Class Programme who will all collectively coordinate the delivery of these events.

For more information about JDS and when the next training events are please visit the JDS webpage

England National Talent Squad (ENTS)

The aim of the ENTS programme is to support Junior athletes to qualify onto GB teams in the 2022 season, with the subsequent aim of supporting them to make Junior World Championship finals. There will be up to 16 athlete places available.

Support for U23 athletes

It is anticipated that support in 2021-2022 for U23 athletes will be available through the Sprint Performance Academy Programme. A key action within the Sprint Performance Strategy is the development of the Sprint Performance Academy programme which will provide high quality support to the U23 athletes with the highest potential.

The available provision and eligibility criteria relating to the Sprint Performance Academy Programme is due to be clarified later in 2021 and  will be  clearly communicated to affected athletes once more information and detail becomes available. 

England Canoe Sprint Athlete Pathway

England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme Squad List 2020- 21

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2020- 21 England Canoe Sprint Talent Programme Squad List Updated 22-06-21

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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.

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What it takes to Progress (WITTP)

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 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 and 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