In 2000 the British Canoe Union (BCU) federalised to become the umbrella organisation for the Home Nation Associations in Scotland (SCA), Wales (WCA) and Northern Ireland (CANI).
In England, Canoe England was set up, on a par with the other National Associations, as a division of the BCU, to support the development of canoeing in England.
The BCU is responsible for leading and setting the overall framework for the National Associations; representing canoeing interests such as coaching and competition at UK and international level.
Canoe England Membership
To join Canoe England visit the membership pages here
What do I get with my membership?
• Licenses to paddle on 4,500km of Britian’s navigations and canals
• 3rd Party Liability Insurance (up to £10 million)
• Canoe Focus magazine delivered every two months
• An annual directory full of useful information
• Great rates on boat insurance Special discounts including:
+ 10% discount at selected canoe and kayak retailers!
+ 15% discount on all Cotswold Outdoor products (with £5 of every £100 spent going back to the Young People’s canoeing)
+ Save £7.45 (over 20%) when subscribing to 12 issues of Canoe & Kayak UK magazine!
+ 20% discount on Lucozade Sport products
What is the membership fee used for?
• Fighting for more access to water (see Rivers Access Campaign)
• Providing a volunteer River Information Service
• Negotiating for access, ingress, egress and portage with landowners
• Providing access advice
• Providing facilities advice
• Representing the paddling fraternity with:- Natural England, The Environment Agency, British Waterways, Angling representatives, Country Land and Business Association, Association of Canoe Trades, British Marine Federation, Sport England, UK Sport, the various lottery providers, Central Council for Physical Recreation, The Parliamentary Waterways Group, International Olympic Committee, International Canoe Federation, European Canoe Association, the UK Olympic Committee, the Boating Alliance, Amateur Rowing Association, Royal Yachting Association, British Standards Institution and it’s CE counter part, the Inland Waterways Association, various Otter and wild life trusts
• Managing eight other canoeing disciplines
• Providing and managing a comprehensive coaching programme
• Helping to manage over 600 canoe clubs
• Providing and managing a development programme
• Helping with individual and club development
• Providing a members magazine – Canoe Focus – six times per year
• Providing an annual directory to all members
• Providing a comprehensive membership services department
• Providing a comprehensive web site: www.canoe-england.org.uk
• Negotiating exclusive and/or discounted arrangements at some paddling sites
• Providing books, and other services at a special price for members
• Organising a members AGM open to all