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SCA Canoeing Disciplines


The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Canoeing in Scotland. We are a membership organisation comprising around 3200 individual members including 1,750 qualified coaches.

We have a network of affiliated clubs and  approved paddlesport providers throughout Scotland offering a range of canoe disciplines.

The active SCA membership is supported by a small team of staff in the areas of: Coaching & Devleopment, Performance and Administration. The SCA is also a founding member of British Canoeing (formally known as British Canoe Union).

What we do:

  • Represent our members’ interests within Scotland and, through British Canoeing, in the UK
  • Support individual and affiliated club development
  • Work to protect, improve and promote responsible access to water in Scotland and care of the environment
  • Support the achievements of Scottish paddlers at all levels including the sportscotland funded programmes for Olympic disciplines
  • Support and improve quality coaching for all forms of canoeing and kayaking
  • Provide conferences, exhibitions, events, tours and competitions
  • Publish information for members, on our website, in “Scottish Paddler” and in books such as Scottish White Water and the Scottish Touring Guide.

If you would like to know more, please visit our contact page to get in touch.

SCA Plan 2013-2017

The SCA conducted planning and consultation with members during 2012 in the preparation of the 2013-2017 plan. The plan commenced in April 2013 and illustrates the wide range of activities delivered by the SCA.

There are 5 main areas of the SCA vision:


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Annual General Meeting



Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Canoe Association (“the Company”) will be held at North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5BF, on Saturday 15th November 2014 at 13:00
The formal calling notice and agenda will be posted to all voting members to arrive at least fourteen days prior to the due date for the meeting.

Prior to the AGM members are invited to attend one of three parallel breakout sessions which run between 11:30 and 12:30 in other rooms at the campus. The key breakout session will focus on the subject of governance and will include a presentation about the proposed changes to the SCA Board and Committee structure. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions and to discuss the proposed changes with directors and other members. Another breakout session will be on Club Development and the third will be on Hydro and Renewable developments and their impact on access for paddlers. At 12:30, after the breakouts have concluded, tea and coffee will be available and then you will be asked to register before you proceed into the Assembly Hall for the AGM at 1pm There is a café on site where you can purchase lunch and other refreshments. In the evening of the same day the SCA 75th Anniversary Dinner takes place at the Queens Hotel, Perth.

Three Director posts will be elected in 2014:

  • Director
  • General Secretary
  • Clubs Director

Nominations for these posts closed on 3rd October 2014.

75th Anniversary Dinner

The SCA was formed in 1939 and marks 75 years of paddling success in 2014 with a celebratory dinner on Saturday 15th November 2014 at the Queen’s Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth PH2 8HB. The Guest Speaker will be Albert Woods OBE, President of British Canoeing.  Albert has a wealth of experience of our sport at every level and is the most entertaining of after dinner speakers. Tickets are priced at £25 per head and include a welcome drink and three course dinner. Tickets can be purchased from the SCA Office on 0131 317 7314 (8.30am – 3.30pm weekdays) no later than Thursday 6th November 2014. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new to this unique event. 

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SCA Proposal to Restructure

In 2012 the SCA Board reviewed the current structure of the board and committees to see how things could be improved to make the SCA even more effective. This also followed advice from both sportscotland and UK Sport and the publication of independent papers and proposals on the subject of effective long-term, strategic governance in sport. The seven principles of good governance outlined by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, have provided an input into the process. Due to the fact that the SCA receives a significant amount of public sector investment standing still is not an option.

It was planned to consult with members during 2013 with a view to voting for changes to the Articles of Association in the past year. Due to several significant changes in board composition last year the board decided that more time should be spent developing the proposals and consulting with members before the proposals were brought to a General Meeting.

This work to review and improve SCA governance was highlighted in the foreword to Scottish Paddler in January and April in 2014 and there was a full double page article setting out the principles of restructure in April 2013. Feedback was sought from SCA members via an online survey to which 134 people responded and an invitation was extended to the membership to meet with the board prior to the April 2013 board meeting. More recently a further online survey was conducted in July and August 2014.


1 Jul 2014 Proposals for restructure published in Scottish Paddler and on SCA website
1 Jul – 15 Aug Online survey for comments and feedback
15 Aug – 30 Aug Review feedback/suggestions and amend restructure proposals if necessary
17 Sep Review and approve revised proposals at SCA Board meeting
1 Oct Publish any revision to proposals on SCA website
15 Nov Presentation and discussion of proposals at SCA Autumn Conference Day (the date of the SCA AGM)
Nov/Dec Sign off and approve final proposals at SCA Board meeting
2015 General Meeting to vote on revised structure including revised Articles of Association. Commence implementation of revised structure


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