They're all crackers!– Les Ford - Head Coach
Halifax Canoe Club is predominately a white water club with 4 coached weekly sessions during the main paddling season. All abilities are catered for from beginner to 4 star standard. The club runs a comprehensive programme of trips all over the UK as well as trips to Europe and the Alps. It has an active and successful slalom team in both juniors and seniors. Nearly 50% of the Regional Slalom Talent Academy is from Halifax CC.
The range of activities offered is extensive and includes: - Flat water touring, coached open boat sessions, SUP taster sessions, boat based fitness classes, surfing and women only sessions. In addition to this there is a huge amount of independent paddling ensuring that the club is always active.
Halifax CC actively recruits volunteers from within and outside the sport, using local networks and agencies. Each month volunteer hours can be submitted to the clubs prize draw to reward members. There is also an annual volunteer awards recognition event.
The club supports coaches in their continuing professional development through funding or cofounding. This has lead to an active coaching team 20 strong. The club also has an innovative relationship with Lloyds Bank through their “Make a Difference” programme, where their employees will volunteer at the club several times per year.
Each year 3 river clean ups are organised involving over 30 club members. Following the Boxing Day floods in 2015 three further clean ups were organised to the river, neighbouring properties and the club house where the water flooded the recently refurbished changing rooms to a height of 2 meters.
The club is engaged with a local school and sports college delivering U Canoe Wired. A further school link sees the club’s volunteers offering coached sessions to pupils at the club. The club has promoted taster sessions over the summer by attending school assemblies to promote them and get greater participation.