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British Canoeing

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British Canoeing
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0845 370 9500

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Paddling Session 1 (Thursdays)

Thursday 23rd November

NSRA Air Rifle Tutor

Monday 27th November

Archery GB Instructors Award

Wednesday 29th November

What is Canoeing?

Canoeing involves using a paddle to move across the water in a narrow vessel.

Canoeing offers "something for everyone!" Waterways are the arteries of our island nation! There are different types of canoeing including; Canoe Slalom, Freestyle Kayaking, Canoe Sailing, Polo, Sea Kayaking, Sprint Racing and more!

To promote and develop canoeing for disabled people, the British Canoe Union & Canoe England use the concept and term Paddle-Ability to address the issue of participation in canoe sport and canoe recreation. Paddle-Ability focuses on the individuals' ability in canoeing rather than disability.


  • Uses most of the muscles in the arms and legs
  • Increased in upper arm, forearm and chest circumference and grip strength.


Membership fees vary from club to club and a one day introduction to paddle sports can cost around £60


If you haven't canoed before, a starter course is a good idea. There are clubs and watersports centres all over the United Kingdom, with some offering slalom teaching for mixed groups or for novices.


Exact equipment will vary depending on the discipline but the basics include a canoe/kayak, paddle, helmet and life jacket.


  • The kayak is thought to have originated from Greenland as a tool for hunting, fishing and transportation, while the canoe was used all over the world as a method of transportation, trade and war.
  • Canoe Slalom began in Switzerland in 1932 and was first performed on flat water before later switching to white-water rapids.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

National Programmes

Go Canoeing

Website to help find starter sessions, guided tours, events and trails across the country.

U-Canoe unleashed

U Canoe Unleashed aims to provide a fun, informal participant led experience of canoeing.

U-Canoe wired

U Canoe Wired aims to provide the initial excitement of canoeing in virtually any setting.

Local Contacts

Phil Scowcroft

Canoeing Development Officer (Central & North)

British Canoeing


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    North West Leicestershire District Council
    County Sport Network
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    Harborough District Council
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    Rutland County Council
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  • Equality Standard
    Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Sport England


  • Harborough District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Equality Standard
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Safeguarding
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    County Sport Network
  • Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
  • Leicester City Council
    Sport England
  • Rutland County Council