A very happy new year to you all, and I hope that you are looking forward to an exciting programme of events this year, but firstly some very exciting news.
I am delighted to let you know that the Club has been awarded the national #ShePaddles award. In November the club won this award at the Regional level and now has won the national category. The Award has been made for the work of our rafting section in encouraging women to take up paddling and get out on the water. Huge congratulations go to our Rafting Coaches Beth Kirby, Matt Evans and Matt Footitt, for this recognition of all of their hard work. The award will be presented by British Canoeing in March.
If this inspires you to want to have a go at rafting then there are still spaces on our Introduction to rafting evening sessions. Just go to the club website and look on the booking portal. Sessions are open to all those over 14.
Our first club trip of the year took place in great weather on the 4th of January when 18 paddlers went to Rudyard Lake for a great trip to blow the Christmas cobwebs away.
Our next club trip is this Sunday, and will be the Nottingham Loop. Book via the web portal to let us know that you are coming.
Other trips planned are:
26/01/20 Nottingham Loop 16/02/20 Great Haywood Loop 08/03/20 Newark Loop 17-19/04/20 Norfolk Broads Weekend 17/05/20 River Witham through Lincoln 12-14/06/20 River Wye Weekend
Booking on the portal is open for the Nottingham Loop and the Great Hayward Loop and the other trips will be up soon.
The club aims to have one trip every month available for members and the Nottingham Loop trip is a great trip for newer members as it is on canals and the River Trent, going with the flow so is good paddling for the whole trip apart from a couple of portages.
The weather forecast is also looking good and river levels should be at a good level and nice and safe for all levels of paddlers.
Paddlesport Instructor course.
This course is now available to book through the portal, and is open to anyone aged 14 or over. if you would like to know more about this first step on the instructing ladder then please get in touch or speak to any of the club coaches.
Happy paddling and we look forward to seeing you at sessions and trips.
Regards Dawn Scott Chair of Trustees.