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Women and Girls


The Canoe England Development Team is committed to increasing the number of females participating in Paddlesport as well as encouraging those already taking part to stay in the sport by providing greater opportunities and information for those already hooked! The project formally known as Girl Power has been reignited with the scope broadened to include all women not just the young (hence the name change).

There are many women out there who currently enjoy and participate in Paddlesport. Many more have the desire but are not sure how to start and a huge number unaware of what they are missing out on.

Did you know….?  

  • Women and girls respond better to the social, health and well-being characteristics of sport rather than competition.  
  • Adolescent females place greater emphasis on self-comparison and comments from adults than do adolescent males, who rely more on competitive outcomes as their basis for personal judgement of physical competence.
  • Girls, on average, have less self-confidence than boys and rate their performance or ability more negatively than boys
  • Self Confidence is also linked to competition. Although some women enjoy the competitive element of sport, many girls and women are turned off sport because it’s competitive.
  • For many girls training is too time consuming, boring and repetitive
  • For women and girls the relationship between body image and physical activity is a vicious circle; the more self conscious they feel about their bodies, the less likely they are to take part in sport, and yet, participation in sport has a positive effect on girls’ perceptions of their bodies.

We would value your feedback and consultancy through different stages of this project. If you would be interested in helping please email


Female Focused Paddling Network- Devon & Cornwall
For information click here

WSFF Ultimate Sports Kit
Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation has launched a brand new online toolkit to help you deliver sports and fitness programmes for women and girls. The kit is made up of a number of downloadable sections and you can choose which sections best suit the needs of your particular activity. The following guidance can be downloaded:
  • Thinking about your audience
  • Breaking through barriers
  • Planning your programme
  • Tips for leaders
  • The basics of marketing
  • Example Press Release
  • Targeting older Women

 To access the Tool Kit click here

Coaching Females
WSFF and Sports Coach UK have jointly developed a series of factsheets aimed at coaches who coach women or who are interested in coaching them in the future. The following fact sheets are available:

  • Coaching Female High Performance Athletes
  • Coaching Myth Buster
  • Developing Female Coaches
  • Female Psychology and Consideration for Coaching Practice
  • Female Physiology and Consideration for Coaching Practice
  • Socially Inclusive Coaching

To download the factsheets click here

CE Guidance for Clubs

CE Guidance on running a successful Women & Girls development day

Useful websites: 

Women Sports and Fitness Foundation (WSFF)
Sport England Small Grant Programme
Sports Coach UK

Useful Information: 

WSFF- How can Sports Clubs attract and retain Women and Girls?
WSFF- Teenage girls and Drop out

There have been several enquiries to the office regarding what funding might be available to set up a Women and Girls project at your Club. The best thing to do is contact your regions Paddlesport Development Officer. They will be able to advise you of funding that may be available in your region as many County Sport Partnerships have funding available for such projects, although every region varies. The other funding option is to apply for a grant from the Sport England Small Grant Programme. This scheme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. Grants can be awarded from £300 to £10,000.  You can apply at any time and a decision will normally be made within 6 weeks of receipt of the application.
To find out more visit their website.

More guidance can also be found on WSFF Fact sheet on Funding.

Runningsport Tips for Small Grant Applications