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We have an active junior section at the club encouraging juniors to get involved in a sport that can take those involved from fun splashing around in high summer through local and regional competition right up to international standard. Some of our older paddlers started as juniors with the club and have now clocked up 20, 30, 40 years paddling or more but all of them started on this same stretch of river.

Information on how to begin paddling and other information about the club can be found on the Getting Started page.

This page is specifically aimed at our juniors that are already involved in paddling so that there’s an area where we can let them know what is going on and provide links to other useful information for juniors and their parents.

Coaches and Junior Session Leaders

There are a number of the club’s coaches who are involved in coaching juniors, some on a regular basis and some helping to cover sessions during holidays, etc. Coaches are DBS checked and the Club has a Child Protection Policy and Welfare Officer.

Most club coaches can be found on the Our Coaches page but a few people you will find it useful to get to know, are:

Sue Hawthorn – coach and organiser, loves hearing from people who want to help!

Jon Cave – coach

Ryan Sneddon – Sprint Racing Captain for Sprint entries

Paul Ilson – Marathon Racing Captain for Marathon entries

Parental Involvement

We encourage parents to get involved either on the water or on dry land. Please come into the club house, chat to members and get to know people, don’t be shy. At the very least talk to your children’s coaches and find out what is going on.

Help is always appreciated whether that be holding a stopwatch, putting boats away, or helping with catering at events etc. etc.

Important/Urgent News

If there is any important or urgent news to relay, this will be posted on the Club’s Facebook feed so please check there on a regular basis for updates and important or urgent messages.

What’s On

Race dates for Marathon races: Marathon Races 2016

Race dates for Sprint races: Sprint Races 2016

Summer Session Times and Groups

As there is overlap between these groups some paddlers may be invited to join in with more than one group whilst transitioning from one group to the next.

Lightning and Newer Juniors – focus on fun and skills. Mondays – 6pm – 7:15 pm – Coaches Nick Fowler, Mike Fudger Not starting until the weather is warm and the river low.

Moving on – Introduction to Racing – focus on developing skills / technique and increasing distance whilst having fun. Day – Time – Coach (TBC)

Young Racers – Developing Racers – Typically from Division 7-9 – focus on increasing endurance and improving technique whilst learning tactics and racing skills. Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays – See below

Club Racers – Training for those now familiar with Racing and wishing to Progress – Typically Division 7 upwards – focus on learning how to train effectively within an adult group and increasing the training load. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Coached sessions – Fridays and Sundays with Adult Groups – See below

Mondays – 6pm – 7:30pm

Coaches – Jon Cave, Tony Nolan, Peter Killey

Focus – Sprint / Shorter Interval session focus splitting into smaller groups based on age / speed

Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30 pm

Coaches – Fess Parker

Option for those who cannot make other nights to join a moderately paced adult session with a focus on building endurance, technique etc. need to be self-motivated. Discuss with Sue Hawthorn your suitability.


Coaches – George Parker, Russell Needham, Darren Howard (Rescue)

Focus – Time trials / Longer intervals building endurance


Coaches – Sue Hawthorn, Tony Nolan, Adrian Gardener?, Nick Fowler (specific dates)

Focus – Technique, Boat Skills and specific sessions suitable to the time of the season. (Competent self sufficient adults welcome to join in – by this we mean that the coaches will be looking after the safety of the juniors but if you are competent to be on the river alone you can join in with technique etc. but coaches can only “look after” so many so these will be the juniors.)


Adult Session 5:30 for juniors who are ready for more sessions and further training. Discuss / agree with Sue Hawthorn before attending.


Race day or  Adult Session 9:15 for juniors who are ready for more sessions and further training. Discuss / agree with Sue Hawthorn before attending.

Juniors and BCU/ British Canoeing Membership

You need to be a member of British Canoeing to compete at events. All club juniors under the age of 18 are automatically members of British Canoeing. All we have to do is issue a Club Number. Sue Hawthorn maintains the numbering please contact her if you need a number.

When you get promoted to Sprint Girls, Boys C or above or Marathon Div 6 or above, you need to join British Canoeing in your own right to continue to compete. The link to join is: BCU membership