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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 & Development, 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.

Director Vacancies

Applications are now being sought from anyone wishing to join the SCA board in one of the following roles:
•    General Secretary - elected post
•    President - elected post
•    General Director - selected by the SCA Appointments Committee

Roles: Each role requires a degree of experience and expertise serving on boards and committees, and candidates will be expected to demonstrate a good knowledge of governance, compliance, finance and of developing and implementing vision and strategy. Appointed directors will serve three year terms, until the 2019 AGM. For each individual role description and person specification, please see the links below. 

Application Process: The SCA Appointments Committee comprises three SCA Directors: Jacqui Stone, Brian Chapman and Eddie Palmer together with Ian Beattie, President of Scottish Athletics. The Appointments Committee reviews each application and takes into account the current composition of the Board, together with the stated intention that at any time, at least 25% of the Board shall be independent Directors, and that there shall be a healthy gender balance on the Board.

Interviews will take place in June and July. 

The list of approved candidates for President and General Secretary roles will be included in the AGM Calling Notice and Proxy Form; all voting members will have the opportunity to vote for their chosen candidate. The successful candidate for the post of General Director will be announced at the AGM. Successful candidates for all roles will start after the AGM in November 2016. 

Apply: To apply for any of these roles, interested individuals should read the Role Description and Person Specification and the SCA Conflict of Interests policy listed below, and then complete the Director Application Form and conflict of interests declaration. 

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 20th May and emailed to or posted to the SCA office (FAO Eddie Palmer, Chair, SCA, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ). For an informal talk about the roles, please contact Eddie Palmer.  

Related Files:

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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