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Sports clubs play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to participate in paddlesports.  If your club is looking to start, or develop your current junior membership, the following information may be of some use.

Further information is also available:

Involving Juniors In Your Club - Benefits

There are many benefits to introducing or increasing the number of junior members in your club, which include:

  • Increase number of members
  • Potential for additional volunteers
  • Provide future coaches or leaders
  • Increased income and more opportunities to raise funds
  • Improve social calendar
  • Give existing members the opportunity to accept new challenges, roles and responsibilities
  • Getting more young people involved in paddlesports
  • Raise your club’s profile, particularly in the local community

Welcoming Juniors to Your Club

The first experience a junior will have in your club should be a positive one to retain their involvement.  They should be able to find:

  • A warm welcome from all club members
  • Someone to tell them what to do and where things are
  • Someone to talk to them and to their parents

For more information download runningsport Starting a Junior Section booklet.

Developing Your Junior Section

A quality junior section should provide and encourage:

  • The opportunity to socialise
  • The opportunity to work as part of a team
  • Co-operation
  • Development of health and fitness
  • Self confidence and positive self image
  • Positive attitudes towards exercise and healthy living
  • Giving young people activities to do in their local community


Paddlepower is a British Canoe Union award scheme, designed to meet the needs of young people.  It can be useful for clubs who want to  encourage and develop junior members, as it aims to:

  • Encourage more young people to come into and stay in the sport
  • Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics
  • Show them all aspects of the sport – both competitive and adventurous
  • Provide signposts into clubs where their skills and development can be nurtured
  • Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation

The SCA has further information on Paddlepower.

Child Protection

The SCA takes child protection seriously and requires all affiliated clubs with junior members to demonstrate a commitment and have appropriate policies and procedures in place.

The SCA has child protection guidance and resources available to support all affiliated clubs.


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