About Us

Our club was founded in 1986 with our home base at the Aldershot Lido. Today our main strengths are in recreational white water and canoe polo, however we do encourage development in other desired disciplines.

Locations

Our weekly sessions extend out from Aldershot towards Alton, Farnborough and the Thames Valley Weirs with majority of our members coming from Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire.

Youth

We offer sessions to youth from the age of 8+ on the paddle power scheme. Its designed for FUN learning through games where FUNdamental skills can still be developed. We also run group taster sessions on request for local groups such as schools, scouts, cubs, beavers, etc.

Find out more by contacting our youth representative youth@bvcc.org.uk.

Coaching and Development

Our coaching, river leadership and refereeing are delivered by volunteers who are either professionally trained or internally assessed for their suitability and competency. We aim to support our members and coaches through our development plan which can be used to assist you and the club with obtaining funding. We also offer a range of organised events. However let us know if there is something specific you are interested in we are not covering by emailing coaching@bvcc.org.uk

Independant Paddler Progression

  • Find inspiration by researching the types of structured courses on the British Canoeing website pages for building skills, coaching and leadership
  • Ask other members in the club to help demonstrate or talk you through various skills
  • Take a look at centers or man-made course facilities which might offer paddler progression courses or bespoke coaching
  • Ask for a club paddler progression card for the award you are working towards or create your own
  • Check out the program on our calendar
  • Not on our program? Just register interest by adding your name to an interest sign up at your next session or contact us on coaching@bvcc.org.uk
  • Utilise the club Facebook Group to arrange peer paddling events for like minded paddlers
  • Engage in the wider paddling communities and external events that suit your interests, many events and compeitions also offer workshops
  • Find videos on skills you’d like to learn e.g. wavesport – how to – then most importantly get on the water and try it!

Welfare and Safety

The club has a Sport England’s Clubmark awarded to clubs by British Canoeing when they can demonstrate meeting criteria for safeguarding and protecting children, club management, sports equity and ethics. It is an acknowledgement that we take these issues seriously and strive to provide a high quality welcoming environment. Everyone involved in the club is expected to follow our Constitution, Code of Conduct, Operating Guidelines, Polices and Risk Assessments to help all paddlers develop, improve and have fun in a safe co-operative environment. We aim to keep a small black unit (as pictured below) on our sites to hold general club documentation and session resources.

It is also important that the club holds the most up-to-date information for members on our online booking system webcollect and that participants inform coaches, leaders and orgainsers of any medical conditions or allergies.

Are you being heard? Is something worrying you? Are you keeping it to yourself? Need someone to listen? Contact us in confidence! Our Welfare Officer can be contacted on welfare@bvcc.org.uk.

Committee

The committee are volunteers who offer a few hours each week to help run the club and the diagram below indicates some of the roles which vary each year subject to how new members would like to shape the club. More details about what these roles can entail is in our Committee and Volunteer Roles Guide

You can keep on top of the latest activity by reviewing our latest minutes or next proposed agenda.

To get in touch with a member of the committee visit our contact us page.