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Talent Programme

Launched in April 2013, the England Talent Programme aims to develop a world leading talent infrastructure for athletes throughout England. It is led and managed by British Canoeing and funded by Sport England.

The England Talent Programme is built on the strong foundations laid between 2009 and 2012 when a number of full time and part time coaches were deployed in canoeing clubs around the country

What is the vision?

Our vision is to create a world-leading Talent Programme which discovers, nurtures and delivers an oversupply of talented athletes with the characteristics required for senior international success for our World Class Programmes. The vision is also to create an environment committed to the pursuit of excellence and to supporting every athlete to be the best they can be.

How will we do this?

We have a strategy with three distinct but inter-related strands:

  • Nationwide development of clubs, coaches and talent academies to support talented athletes.
  • Targeted identification of talent and the running of talent transfer projects.
  • Support to our current GB junior team paddlers.

Our strategy focuses on creating an environment which attracts talented young people with the desire to challenge themselves to become robust, healthy athletes with the skills and knowledge for long term success.

The talent programme provides a tiered domestic competition structure that promotes healthy competition for places on teams and squads, leading to continually higher standards. Paddlers are developed through embracing individual coaching and training approaches and by recognising success throughout the pathway.

In this exciting and inspirational environment athletes set high aspirations and create specific SMART goals with their coaches within the framework set out by our Winning Margins Programme. Together, they operate with a focus on continuous improvement and displaying the CORE values and behaviours that British Canoeing places at the heart of all we do.

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What are the stages in the Talent Athlete Pathway?

The Talent Programmes underpin our UK World Class Programme and in England we have created a tiered, progressive squad structure. This includes three clearly defined levels, each with selection criteria:

  • England National Talent Squad (ENTS)
  • England Super Regional Squad (ESRS)
  • England Regional Talent Academy (RTA)

Each tier builds on the previous one to provide a clear pathway for athletes to develop from club level, with a step by step approach which recognises and rewards athletes at each level of their journey.

British Canoeing are holding a Youth Olympic Games world qualification selection race at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 25 November 2017. From this selection event a team of 4 athletes (K1 Men, K1 Women, C1 Men, C1 Women) will be selected to compete at the World qualification event in Barcelona, Spain from the 12th – 15th April 2018.

Athletes must compete in both Sprint and Slalom events of the same category (K1 or C1).

Any athletes interested in competing at this selection event can view the selection criteria here and enter through the following link here by 12 noon on Monday 13th November 2017.