Volunteer canoe slalom coach

About the opportunity

Stafford and Stone Canoe club is run by volunteers. We are looking for additional coaches to help paddlers of a wide range of abilities.

Coaches run sessions at evenings and weekends, on the water or in the clubhouse gym.

Coaches may also support their paddlers at races in Stone and around the UK.

We are seeking coaches for junior beginners, adult beginners, and for more advanced paddlers.

Coaches will have an opportunity to undertake additional training:
– BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue
– BCU 2 Star
– BCU Level 1 Coach Training and Assessment

All our coaches are DBS checked.

About Stafford and Stone Canoe Club

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club is a community sports club within the sport of Canoe Slalom.
We are a competitive club with the aim of supporting paddlers to compete within the sport at all levels.
The clubs training nights are Monday to Thursday, and races are held all over the UK at weekends. The official race season begins in March through to October. In and out of season there are oppurtunities for training at various venues throughout the UK and occasionally in Europe.
The club has beginners classes for Juniors and Seniors, and training sessions for various levels of athletes throughout the week.
From humble beginnings on the River Trent in Stone, the club now ranks as the country’s No.1 in the Olympic Sport of Canoe Slalom.
From the 1990’s the club has excelled in the development of home grown junior paddlers. A significant number of juniors have progressed to represent Great Britain at Junior, Under 23 and Senior World and European Championships. Many international medals have been won.
Seven past or present club members have competed at the Olympics including Laura Balkeman at Sydney 2000 and Lizzie Neave at London 2012. 2016 being no exception with S&SCC athlete Joe Clarke representing Great Britain at the Olympic games in Rio, in August.
All three of these Olympic paddlers learnt to paddle with Stafford and Stone Canoe Club from a young age.

The club continues to attract new young paddlers and since 2013 this has been particularly successful building on the Olympic legacy and the local interest generated by the local athletes successes.

Each year over 100 club members compete at National ranking competitions in 5 seperate ability divisions, and our elite athletes also compete throughout the world.
Stafford and Stone Canoe Club have claimed the National Interclub Championship title in 22 out of 29 Championships, winning the last 13 years consecutively.

In 2011 a new clubhouse in Westbridge Park, Stone was completed. The club now organises eight race days at our home venue and two race days at the National White Water Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club is run completely by volunteers!

What are they looking for?

We are looking for people over 16, with some experience of sports coaching, water sports and/or working with young people.

A current first aid certificate is desirable.

We would expect our coaches to offer 2-3 hours per week of coaching, with an opportunity to travel around the UK to slalom competitions and training camps. We would ask that our coaches can offer a commitment for 12 months.

We welcome applications from students studying for sports and leisure qualifications, and could offer placement opportunities.

Practical Considerations

Canoe slalom boats and equipment are available for coaches’ use at the club.

If you are interested in this opportunity then please contact:

Deb Homer