Category: Coaching

JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 4 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the fourth JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open. This is the final winter skills day of the 2023/24 season.

Run from Reading Canoe Club, the day is a K4/C4 day with a focus on helping paddlers develop comfort and adaptability within these boats through increased exposure and time.

For more information about the JDS, including entry criteria and to sign up please click HERE. As a reminder, the cost is £10. Sign up closes on Friday 8th March at 17:00. Late entries won’t be accepted.  Please also check the criteria for athletes attending and if in doubt, contact Charlie Barwis and Holly Mobbs using the emails on the website.

Please note that due to the ongoing difficult weather conditions, we are monitoring the river at Reading and will make a final decision on the event on Monday 11th March. If cancelled, we will of course issue refunds.

If you have any issues with sign up, please contact daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk.

Coaches are also encouraged to sign-up for the day. Coaches attending will play an important role in supporting the delivery of the sessions planned within smaller groups. As such, by signing up you may take the lead of a smaller group or play a supporting role to another coach, whichever you are most comfortable with. Scott Hynds will be there on the day as coach developer and he will be facilitating informal learning throughout the day. As usual, there will be a coaches briefing ahead of the day. This will take place on Tuesday 12th March at 19:30.

All coaches attending will receive 10 CPD points. To sign up to attend the coach development aspect of the day please click HERE

GB-ONE Junior Conference 2024

As part of our working partnership with British Canoeing Talent Department, the MRC are keen to promote the upcoming GB-ONE Conference at Wey Kayak Club on Saturday 2nd March.

The GB-ONE conference aims to create an event where coaches can come together for the day to share knowledge and experiences. Whilst the focus of the coaching conference will predominantly deliver on aspects identified in the Sprint Strategy, the content of the sessions will be applicable to the development of athletes across flatwater racing. 

A buffet lunch will be provided.

To ensure numbers are correct, please sign up here. Sign-up closes on Tuesday 20th February.

Staff Wanted for 2024 International Marathon Races

The Marathon Racing Committee are seeking volunteer staff to support the GB team at its international races this year.

It’s a fun and rewarding but tiring few days travelling with our best athletes, helping them achieve their best possible result. You will be an integral part of the team and help out in a variety of ways potentially including driving, general organising, drinks changes at portages, emotional support, and safeguarding. Teams are led by an experienced manager so new staff are well supported and all forms of experience are welcome to volunteer. All expenses are paid, and team kit provided.

We are looking for support staff for the following international trips in the 2024 season:

  • Waterlands Marathon – Amsterdam – 20th April – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • Marathon World Cup – Brandenburg, Germany – 1st-2nd June – U23’s and Seniors
  • European Marathon Championships – Poznan, Poland – 25th-28th July – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • World Marathon Championships – Metkovic, Croatia – 19th-22nd September – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • French National Marathon Championships – Date and venue tbc – Juniors

Staff are urgently required for the Waterlands Marathon.

Please find further details below:

JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 3 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the third JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open.

Run from Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, the day is a K1/C1 and K4/C4 day with a carasouel of sessions covering a wide variety of skills. These sessions include start buckets, sprint race planning and understanding fundamental gym movements.

For more information about the JDS, including entry criteria and to sign up please click HERE. As a reminder, the cost is £10. Sign up closes on Friday 19th January at 17:00. Late entries won’t be accepted.  Please also check the criteria for athletes attending and if in doubt, contact Charlie Barwis and Holly Mobbs using the emails on the website.

Please note that we are aware of the river situation in Nottingham and we are monitoring the lake conditions at HPP. We will make a decision about the day happening on Friday 19th January. We recognise that for many, you will be travelling a longer distance to attend and will potentially be booking accommodation so we want to give as much notice as possible, whilst still giving the day the best chance to go ahead. 

If you have any issues with sign up, please contact daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk.

As usual, the coach development will be delivered by Scott Hynds during the day. However this one will run slightly differently to others. It will revolve around a carousel of coaching stations led by a specific coach who will be delivering a specific topic area. As such, coaches attending the day will have the opportunity to view and observe a number of different sessions led by a variety of different coaches. As a coach attending, areas you will observe and review will include: 

  • Session construct: Are the objectives of the session clear and how achievable are the outcomes?
  • Session Delivery: How have the paddlers been briefed? In what ways has the coach used audio, visual and demonstration to explain the session purpose?
  • How does the coach check for understanding?  
  • How is feedback sought and how is it delivered?¬†¬†

All coaches attending will receive 10 CPD points. To sign up to attend the coach development aspect of the day please click HERE. 

JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 2 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the second JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open.

Run from Papercourt Lake, near Guildford, the day is a K2/C2 day with both sessions led by Ivan Lawler. The day will focus on marathon skills, with the sessions seeking to develop portaging, turns and wash hanging skills, amongst others! 

For more information about the JDS, including entry criteria and to sign up please click HERE. As a reminder, the cost is £10. Sign up closes on Friday 24th November at 17:00. Late entries won’t be accepted.  Please also check the criteria for athletes attending and if in doubt, contact Charlie Barwis and Holly Mobbs using the emails on the website.

Please note that because of a technical issue with our membership platform, after completing sign up using the link above, you will be contacted directly via email to provide some further information which we require ahead of the event and cannot currently collect. We would appreciate it if you could complete this ASAP and ahead of the closing deadline of Friday 24th November. 

If you have any issues with sign up, please contact daniel.thompson@britishcanoeing.org.uk.

Coaches are also encouraged to sign-up to support the day but also gain some CPD by working with other coaches as well as our coach developer, Scott Hynds. There will be an additional online coaches briefing in advance of the day on Tuesday 28th November at 19:30.

JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 1 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the first JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open.

Hosted by Falcon Canoe Club, the day of consist for a K2/C2 Racing Skills focus and a great opportunity to mix and meet with other juniors from other clubs. Coaches are also encouraged to sign-up to support the day but also gain some CPD by working with other coaches as well as our coach developer, Scott Hynds. There will be an additional online coaches briefing in advance of the day on Tuesday 24th October at 19:30.

For full details and the links to sign up, visit our website here. Sign up closes on 20th October at 17:00.

Please also check the criteria for athletes attending and if in doubt, contact Charlie Barwis and Holly Mobbs using the emails on the website.

GB-ONE Junior Conference October 2023

Following on from British Canoeing’s inaugural GB-ONE conference in March this year, they are going to be delivering a GB-ONE conference centred around junior development. Our Marathon Coach Development Lead, Scott Hynds, has been working with British Canoeing to design this event and it is also being supported by our Junior Development Leads, Holly Mobbs and Rachel Lovell.

The conference will take place on Saturday 7th October at Falcon Boat Club (Meadow Ln, Oxford OX4 4BJ). The day will start at 11:45 and culminate around 17:00.  

To sign up, please click HERE. Deadline for sign up is Monday 25th September.

The event will be free of charge and will include lunch. Coaches in attendance will also receive 10 CPD points. 

This is a great opportunity to get the community together and work towards common goals, particularly around our junior athletes.

Exciting Coach Development Opportunity!

British Canoeing are running a series of Coach Development sessions to support non-Olympic discipline coaches with Jenny Coe throughout April, May and June.

Sessions will explore a variety of different coaching topics, including coaching environments, personal development and wellbeing and challenging conversations. All sessions are free and you can attend all topics or just the topic that’s relevant/interesting to you.

Places are capped at 20 spaces and you will receive 5 CPD points for attending each session.

For further details and to book your spaces, visit the link below.

JDS Skills Day 4 – Sign up open now

The Marathon Racing Committee are delighted to open sign up for the final JDS Skills Day of the 2022/23 season. Joint organised and run by the MRC, Sprint Racing Committee and British Canoeing Talent Department, JDS is aimed at junior paddlers (U18) who are looking to develop their flatwater racing skills. The training days will offer paddlers the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and paddle in new waters. 

The fourth JDS skills day of the 2022/23 season will be a multi racing skills day at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. Paddlers will be split into smaller groups and work around 4 activity/session stations throughout the day. Each activity station will be led and delivered by a specialist coach. The stations will consist of the following:

  • Station 1 – Race day warm up routines (land based)
  • Station 2 – Starts from a bucket (K1/C1)
  • Station 3 – Three buoy turns (K1/C1)
  • Station 4 – Plan, Do, Review (K4/C4)

There will also be a lunchtime sport psychology talk focusing on motivations and finding your strengths. This will be based off the JDS booklet.

For more details on the day and how to sign up, please visit our website here.

We are also excited to offer more specific coach development workshops throughout the day led by Scott Hynds. For more information and how to sign up, please visit our coaching website page here.

GB-One Coaching Conference

British Canoeing have identified that there are not many opportunities for the flat water racing community, especially sprint community, to come together to create connections, enable conversations and to discuss learnings and work happening within the World Class Programme. Anything that involves club, community and coach collaboration is supported by the MRC.

Being hosted by Reading Canoe Club on Saturday 4th March, the GB-One Conference is completely free to attend. Sign up is now open and will close on the 17th February. Sign up here if you are interested.