Active Paddle is funded by Sport England, who will be investing around £140,000 over the next three years. The money will go towards the recruitment and training of a full-time canoeing coach to deliver Active Paddle at LYR's boat clubs and in schools across East London. This will enable the provision of a mix of rowing and paddlesports to the young people LYR works with through its Active Row London programme, which works with 60+ state secondary schools across the city.
British Canoeing will provide coach development, education and the provision of qualifications, support the creation of a recognised club in due course and providing access and support to the talent pathway for those with competitive aspirations. The programme is a key part of British Canoeing's plan to deliver on its four-year strategy, Stronger Together 2022-26, which focuses on improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across paddlesports, to help everyone enjoy paddling, regardless of identity, background or circumstance.
For LYR the programme will help develop the new water sports hub at the Olympic Park and be a first formal programme working with a non-rowing NGB, representing a fantastic opportunity for the charity to learn new skills and another tool to engage young people to be phsyically active and develop their life skills.