2013 Canoe England Coaching Conference
Attract - Retain - Develop: Nurturing lasting involvement in Paddlesport
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2012 Canoe England Coaching Conference Highlights
The annual Canoe England Coaching Conference was held in Wakefield on the 24th and 25th November. The Canoe England Coaching Team would like to thank all of the delegates and workshop leaders for making the weekend such a success once again.
The event attracted more than 140 coaches from across the country. The delegates comprised coaches with competitive and recreational interests and represented a wide range of disciplines including sea kayaking, canoe polo, flat water racing, slalom and touring.
The theme of the event ‘Improving performance and inspiring participation’ underpinned the choice of 25 workshops including both land-based and water-based options. The programme of diverse and interactive workshops was led by a team of exceptional deliverers who volunteered their time to share their experiences and research.
‘Putting the skills into a context that was personally relevant and working through a plan was very useful’
Delegate, ‘Periodisation for recreational paddlers’ workshop led by Lee Pooley
‘I enjoyed the games and the ways it got me thinking on how to keep learners captivated’
Delegate, ‘Using Angry Birds to improve coaching’ workshop led by Darryll Shaw
‘I loved that it was interactive. I learned a lot from the other participants as well as from Phil Hadley himself’
Delegate, ‘Marketing your skills to the right paddlers’ workshop led by Phil Hadley
The Saturday programme was supported by 3 nationally-recognised Guest Speakers. Jon Schofield, London 2012 Olympic medallist in 200m K2, got the conference underway with a breakdown of the skills and characteristics coaches should have at each stage of a paddler’s development. Anna Hemmings MBE, 6-time World Champion in Marathon Racing, spoke about the personal journey of overcoming barriers in achieving ones ambitions. Prof. Robyn Jones, Cardiff Metropolitan University concluded the day by raising a number of questions on the interaction between the coach and their athletes.
On Sunday a mix of half-day and full-day workshops engaged coaches throughout the day, with some groups using Pugneys Country Park for the practical content. The programme also featured the recently launched BCU Intermediate Module Paddleability, delivered in partnership with the Calvert Trust. Other partners supporting the programme over the weekend include sports coach UK, Plas y Brenin, PGL Travel and GB Canoeing as well as a range of individuals.