Initially launched and created by the MRC in 2019 to support junior paddlers to develop skills and confidence, the Junior Development Squad became a new joint initiative by the MRC, Sprint Racing Committee and British Canoeingâ€™s Talent Department in 2021. This new series consists of racing skills days and camps aimed at junior paddlers (Under 18) who are looking to develop their flat-water racing skills. The training days and camps offer paddlers the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and paddle in new waters as well as clubs and coaches to share knowledge and learn from each other.
The eligibility criteria for kayak paddlers is as follows:
- Girls – Girls C sprint or above and/or Div 5 marathon or above for U16’s or Div 4 marathon or above for U18s
- Boys – Boys C sprint or above and/or Div 4 marathon or above for U16’s or Div 3 marathon or above for U18s
The eligibility criteria for Canoe paddlers is as follows:
- Girls and Boys – any paddler who has competed at a Sprint National Regatta
Additionally, coaches who are working with athletes in any discipline who have not met the criteria above, can put forward athletes they believe would benefit from the day.
If you would like to keep updated with the Junior Development Squad and any further training events visit the Junior Development Squad website.JDS-Winter-Series-Guide-2324