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Talent Club Partnerships

A partnership that strives to build stronger clubs, more paid coaching positions and  better links across the pathway for athletes.

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Overview

The Talent Club Partnership is British Canoeing’s talent initiative that works in combination with clubs in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. The Talent Club Partnership (TCP) strives to build stronger clubs, more paid coaching positions and better links across the pathway for athletes. The programme also enables British Canoeing’s England Talent Programme to work more collaboratively with clubs to enable the sport as a whole to grow and continue to be successful on the world stage.

Established in 2018, the TCP set out to strengthen the club development system to support every athlete to be the best they can be and establish a culture to develop more performance coaches within the British Canoeing club pathway.

For more details on what the first phase of the programme achieved, please click here.

In 2021, the programme evolved into the structure you see below. This has led to more focused investment into Talent Club Partners, but more opportunities for support at the Talent Club Associate tier in Flatwater racing and moreover, to all affiliated clubs through the Talent Club Champion accreditation process. 

Talent Club Partners

The Talent Club Partnership is open to applications in line with the Olympic and Paralympic cycles. As such, the next opportunity for clubs to apply will not be until winter 2024. 

See the Talent Club Partner tab for more information.

For any club interested in learning more about the Talent Club Partnership, please contact Charlie Barwis - Talent Club Partnership Manager 

E: [email protected] 

​Talent Club Associates

The Talent Club Associate programme is available to any British Canoeing affiliated Flatwater Racing club in England. The programme is designed to support those flatwater racing clubs who have aspirations to become a Talent Club Partner in the future. Clubs engaged on the programme receive support around athlete, club and coach development. Clubs on this programme are also able to access a specific grant pot to support their work in this area.

This programme is open ended so clubs can apply to be part of it at any point. For more information please contact Charlie Barwis - Talent Club Partnership Manager 

E: [email protected] 

​Talent Club Champions

The Talent Club Champion programme is available to any British Canoeing affiliated club in England and has been designed to help clubs in developing their provision for talented members. The programme provides a club diagnostic tool which enables a club to identify strengths and areas for improvement in developing talented paddlers, as well as provide opportunities to develop learning through the resource section which seeks to share good practice and provide relevant information support learning. The diagnostic tool helps create a bespoke action plan which the club can use to make the changes it chooses to best support talented members. 

For clubs interested in learning more and obtaining Talent Club Champion accreditation, please speak contact our Club Support Officers at [email protected], or if you have a British Canoeing Clubhouse account, please click here. 

Expand Talent Club Partnership 2021-2025 Flatwater Racing Clubs

Talent Club Partnership 2021-2025 Flatwater Racing Clubs

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the following clubs are Talent Club Partners in Flatwater Racing for the 2021-2025 Olympic and Paralympic Cycle:

Elmbridge Canoe Club

Reading Canoe Club

Richmond Canoe Club (Canoe Specialist)

Royal Canoe Club

Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club 

The Talent Club Partnership for Flatwater Racing has 7 key ambitions (below) which outline the purpose and direction of the programme: The appointed clubs will be working collaboratively with British Canoeing to achieve these aims. 

  1. To develop the sport from the grassroots upwards, creating opportunities for more young people of any background or any gender to develop within the sport, as well as creating depth in the talent pool throughout the pathway. 

  2. To create paid professional coaching roles in clubs to deliver a high quality experience to a breadth of members.

  3. To increase the number of appropriately qualified coaches operating regularly in a club environment and to engage with more coaches in coach development opportunities

  4. To support more clubs to offer quality developmental environments for young people to flourish within. 

  5. To improve the collaboration and engagement between clubs locally and develop greater relationships between clubs and British Canoeing. 

  6. To develop robust and sustainable finance and business plans that allow clubs to fund paid positions as well as grow and develop. 

  7. To create greater clarity and understanding of the talent pool depth by having more regular and robust monitoring measures.

All 7 ambitions directly link to the Sprint Performance Strategy, a long term strategy developed and owned by the whole sprint racing community and created to lead to greater success on the water for athletes. Full details can be found here.  

Talent Club Partnership clubs all use the athlete data management and monitoring platform Ludum to support their training activity. Ludum supports evidence based decision making and provides greater training insight helping athletes to reach their potential and coaches to be more effective with their development programmes.  

Ludum presents the opportunity to provide better group and athlete insight including attendance data, monitor athlete health injury and illness, create training sessions, record, monitor and even review in real time athlete training data, during and after training sessions. Find out more about Ludum’s features.

For more information about the Talent Club Partnership click here for the TCP Flatwater Racing Overview Doc.

For any questions or queries please contact Charlie Barwis, Talent Club Partnership Manager

E: [email protected]

Expand Talent Club Partnership 2021-2025 Slalom Clubs

Talent Club Partnership 2021-2025 Slalom Clubs

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the following clubs are Talent Club Partners in Slalom for the 2021-2025 Olympic and Paralympic Cycle:

Frome Canoe Club

Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club

Lee Valley Paddlesports Club

Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

Wyedean Canoe Club

The Talent Club Partnership for Slalom has 7 key ambitions (below) which outline the purpose and direction of the programme: The appointed clubs will be working collaboratively with British Canoeing to achieve these aims. 

  1. To increase the systematic recruitment and retention of junior members (in school years 5 and 6) active in their clubs.

  2. To create greater clarity and understanding of the talent pool depth by having more regular and robust monitoring measures. 

  3. To create paid professional coaching roles in clubs to deliver a high quality experience to its members.

  4. To increase the number of appropriately qualified coaches operating regularly in a club environment and to engage with more coaches in coach development opportunities.

  5. To support more clubs to offer quality developmental environments for young people to flourish within. 

  6. To assist clubs to implement a long term business plan which can underpin and maintain a paid professional coach model.

  7. Improve the collaboration and engagement between clubs locally and develop greater relationships between clubs and British Canoeing.

All 7 ambitions directly link to the Slalom Talent Strategy, a long term strategy developed and owned by the whole Slalom community and created to lead to greater success on the water for athletes. Full details can be found here.

For more information about the Talent Club Partnership click here for the TCP Slalom Overview Doc.

For any questions or queries please contact Charlie Barwis, Talent Club Partnership Manager

E: [email protected] 

Expand Talent Club Partnership 2021-2023 Paracanoe Clubs

Talent Club Partnership 2021-2023 Paracanoe Clubs

British Canoeing is pleased to announce the following clubs are Talent Club Partners in Paracanoe for the 2021-2025 Olympic and Paralympic Cycle:

Norwich Canoe Club

Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club

Collaboration between the Paracanoe clubs and the centralised World Class Programme is key to the overall success of the sport. We want to see the strengthening of the Paracanoe talent pathway in clubs, and will encourage all parties to work much more closely together. The Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership will play a key role in strengthening these relationships.

The Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership has 7 key ambitions (below) which outline the purpose and direction of the programme. The appointed clubs will be working collaboratively with British Canoeing to achieve these aims. 

  1. Increase the number of participants from 34 to 50 racing regularly in the Paddleability events. 

  2. Develop 6-10 classifiable athletes per year achieving <125% of Gold Medal Time across the classifications. 

  3. Establish up to 3 Paracanoe Talent Hub Club Partnership funded throughout 2021-2023 with specific Para coaching roles.

  4. Implement our What it takes to Progress (WITTP) (athlete development framework) as common practice within coaches and clubs.

  5. Work with up to 3 coaches to establish personal development plans aligned to WITTP frameworks and ensure they possess relevant coaching qualifications.

  6. Create a more accessible and inclusive Paracanoe club network representative of the clubs local community. Ensuring more clubs connecting with their local communities, leading to a broader membership based in clubs. 

  7. Improve the collaboration and engagement between clubs locally and develop greater relationships between clubs and British Canoeing.

Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership clubs all use the athlete data management and monitoring platform Ludum to support their training activity. Ludum supports evidence based decision making and provides greater training insight helping athletes to reach their potential and coaches to be more effective with their development programmes.  

Ludum presents the opportunity to provide better group and athlete insight including attendance data, monitor athlete health injury and illness, create training sessions, record, monitor and even review in real time athlete training data, during and after training sessions. Find out more about Ludum’s features.

For more information about the Talent Club Partnership in Paracanoe click here for the TCP Paracanoe Overview Doc.

For any questions or queries please contact Charlie Barwis, Talent Club Partnership Manager

E: [email protected] 

This programme is possible thanks to the investment and support from SportsAid’s ‘Backing The Best’ programme.