Sessions at the club and some great news

Hi Paddler

I just wanted to bring you up to date with where we are with club sessions tomorrow and to let you know about some exciting news for the club.

We are delighted to announce that the club has been awarded a grant from Severn Trent’s Community Fund which is given out to support new projects by local charities and community groups looking to make a difference in their local area. 

As a canoe club, the health of our local waterways is of key importance to us and we will be looking to improve these by going out and removing the litter that lines the rivers and canals around Nottingham. Last year we ran multiple litter picks on the River Trent and collected 50+ bags of rubbish overall. A large majority of these events were supported by rafts, enabling us to allow non-paddlers from the local area to take part, with around 15 people attending each event.

The money from the grant will be spent on new equipment (rafts, SUPs, refuse sacks, etc.) to help facilitate future litter picks, as well as building up some of the club’s newer disciplines of raft racing and stand up paddleboarding. These disciplines are growing in popularity across the club and are fantastic ways to collect litter from the river and hopefully enable new paddlers to get out on the water with us and start their journey into paddle sports.

We intend to run at least one litter picking event every month (weather depending). Due to the current government guidelines in place around Covid-19, these events are unlikely to start for a few months.

This really is a fantastic opportunity for members to get involved with cleaning up our local waterways, as well as bringing new members into the club. Our rivers are our play areas and it is a real shame to see the amount of litter that builds up which is why we wanted to create some specific litter picking events with the aim of removing the majority of litter from our waters. 

Once we have set up these events then we will be sending out information to all club members inviting you to take part.

Our thanks go to all who worked on the bid, and especially to Woody Snapper who is managing this project.

Saturday Sessions

We have been able to put on an additional session in the morning for an introduction to Stand up Paddleboard session and there are a couple of places available for this so please book on if you want a great session, but as it is an intro session prepare to get wet – and remember that there is only an outdoor cold water shower at the centre.

We also have a couple of places left on our Coached session in the morning and on our open session in the afternoon.

Please remember if you are attending the club to come changed, as the changing rooms are closed, and be prepared to get changed (under a dry robe or towel) or travel home wet.

As we become more confident with managing numbers back at the club then we hope to release more sessions but please do use the sessions that we have available to support you back into paddling.

Kind regards
Dawn and all the trustees.