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British Canoeing Becomes Recognised Body for SUP in England

British Canoeing has been formally recognised as a National Governing Body for Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) after receiving confirmation from Sport England.

British Canoeing Press Release:

Going forward, Sport England will recognise SUP as a discipline of Paddlesport. This decision applies to England only.

It is the first time that Sport England has given ‘recognition status’ to two governing bodies in different sports for a single discipline. Surfing England is also a recognised governing body for SUP and these organisations will work alongside one another to ensure positive and safe environments for all stand-up paddlers, regardless of where they take part in the sport.

In response to our new recognition status, British Canoeing is proactively seeking to appoint a new Stand Up Paddleboarding Lead with the skills, knowledge and experience to lead and manage the development and implementation of a national strategy and operational plan.

Speaking of the announcement, Ashley Metcalfe CEO of British Canoeing said:

“I am delighted that British Canoeing has been recognised by Sport England as a national governing body for Stand Up Paddleboarding. The growth of SUP within the paddlesport and surfing communities has been unprecedented and this is a hugely exciting and important opportunity to build on the work we have already delivered. We will work closely with Surfing England and other key partners and stakeholders to ensure the SUP community can enjoy their sport and recreational activity in the safest and most appropriate manner. Being newly recognised, we very much look forward to improving our understanding and working in collaboration with the coaches, competitors, recreational paddlers and commercial partners within the SUP community to provide greater opportunities, good governance and shared knowledge, especially around safety which will hopefully develop and enhance the discipline further.”

Discussions between British Canoeing and Surfing England, who will continue to be recognised for surf-related SUP activities, have led to several key focus areas being identified in a memorandum of understanding, including;

  • Creating a joint authority to provide governance and development for SUP in England
  • Evidence-based safety messaging for the SUP community, working with manufacturers, retailers and stakeholders to promote messaging
  • Regulated standards for those coaching and leading SUP activity
  • Codes of practice for SUP providers including hire, clubs and commercial operators
  • A clear pathway for talent including establishing a framework for competitions that supports the development of athletes and coaches

With recognition now confirmed, British Canoeing will be looking to meet with key stakeholders, to enhance relationships and build collaborative partnerships for the benefit of the SUP community and recreational paddlers who enjoy Stand Up Paddleboarding.

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