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SCA Canoeing Disciplines


The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Canoeing in Scotland. The SCA is also a founding member of British Canoeing. 

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.

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 get in touch via our contact page.

How we work

The SCA Board is responsible for high-level planning, governance, and compliance with legislation. SCA Committees deal with specific paddling development and planning and therefore play a key role in the delivery of SCA activities. The Board and Committees are strongly supported by employed staff in areas of Coaching & Development, Performance and Administration. Details of all Board members, Committee members and Staff can be found on the Contact page. Further details of the Committee structure and roles can be seen below. 

Board Vacancies 2018

Opportunities for new SCA Directors in 2018 - applications by Friday 18th May


The SCA is run by volunteers – on the Board, on committees and in clubs. Although the next SCA AGM may seem a long way off the process to appoint Directors to the Board this year is now underway.


There are two SCA Director roles to be appointed this autumn:

- Recreation Director

- Finance Director


Role descriptions are attached below and set out the experience, personal characteristics and time commitment required for each role.


All Director roles require 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.


Directors serve three year terms and applications are sought from individual members willing to serve in the above roles until the 2021 AGM.


Application Process


Prospective candidates should complete and return their application form to Margaret Winter via email or via the SCA office (marked Private & Confidential) by Friday 18th May. Candidates will be asked to complete a declaration of interests using an online form. Interviews are expected to take place in June, so that the list of recommended candidates can be received by the Board from the Appointments Committee at their meeting on 21st  August.


Applications are especially welcome from individuals within groups currently under-represented on the SCA Board, such as women, disabled people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Participation in SCA Director meetings can be via online conferencing as well as by attending meetings in person.

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SCA Committees

An overview of the committee structure can be viewed here, and below are the terms of reference for each of the committees. 

Access & Environment Policy Committee - represent SCA Members’ concerning issues in the access and environment field with other governmental organisations, NGOs and other Sports Governing Bodies, and attempt to influence Scottish policy on access.

Access & Environment Network - represents SCA Members’ concerning ongoing issues in the access and environment field, and take action to resolve issues. 

Coaching & Development Committee - supports and represents SCA members, affiliated clubs and communities with their paddlesport needs and contribute to the delivery of the British Canoeing Coaching Scheme in Scotland.

Discipline Committees - supports and develops each discipline within the scope of the SCA and to provide opportunities for SCA members to participate and achieve success which matches their ambitions and ability.
The current discipline committees are:- Canoe Polo, Marathon Racing, Slalom, Sprint Racing, Surf, Wild Water Racing

Recreation Committee - supports and represents SCA members, affiliated clubs and communities with their recreational paddlesport needs and contribute to the safe delivery of recreational events/activities across Scotland.

Recreation Event Organising Committee – responsible for safe, fun and effective organisation of a specific event, activity or series of activities.

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SCA Plan 2017-2021

The Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2021 was developed between January and September 2016 in consultation with members and partners.

There are 7 areas of focus in addition to the current SCA activities:

These are underpinned by:

  • Good governance
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Sound infrastructure, systems and reporting
  • People who are engaged, committed and well trained
  • Partnerships
  • Safety

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