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Coaching Matters 2019 Dates Released

Sat 12 January 2019

We are pleased to confirm the programme of Coaching Matters events for 2019. Coaching Matters are the popular CPD events at venues across Scotland, delivered in partnership with sportscotland National Centre, Glenmore Lodge. Attendance at Coaching Matters counts as Coaching CPD valid for 3 years.

This year we will continue the theme getting to know the paddler and how to aid them on their learning journey. This will include critical areas of information gathering leading to how we then decide to run the session(s). This will ultimately bring us to looking at how we as coaches make decisions about ‘how’ we coach. Throughout the day there will be coaching input and discussions in all craft with implications for the various environments we paddle / coach and lead in.

Specific needs: If there is any way we can tailor the course to meet any learning or physical needs, please contact us as soon as possible.


Please bring equipment to be comfortable in during on the water sessions – getting wet is not planned but we are happy to accommodate if candidates want to do some wet sessions. Please bring a boat in your main discipline (the one in which you hold your primary coaching award);   If this causes an issue please advise as early as possible so we can do our best to help.


To book your place online log in to the SCA Portal, click on the course you want above or phone 0131 317 7314. 

Coaching Matters events have been very popular in the last couple of years and are often fully booked well in advance so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Courses are open to Full or Junior SCA members (including Family Adult / Family U18). Full payment is required at the time of booking.

These events are subsidised by sportscotland and the SCA and cost £40 per candidate.


All Courses Start at 9.00am and will run until 4.30pm. 

Sunday 19th May - Willowgate Activity Centre - Perth

Sunday 9th June - Pinkston Watersports - Glasgow 

Sunday 23rd June - Lochter Activity Centre - Inverurie

Sunday 28th July - Musselburgh Lagoons - East Lothian

Sunday 11th August - Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club - Greenock 

Saturday 12th October - Scouts National Activity Centre, Lochgoilhead 

Sunday 13th October - Glenmore Lodge - Aviemore


0900 - Arrive and registration
0915 - Welcome and introductions
  • Introductions of people
  • Introduction of day
0930 - Paddlesport Pathway
  • A look at the outline of what British Canoeing offer
  • Individual considerations – options / pathways
1030 - Helping our learners to learn
  • Finding the starting point – Information gathering
  • Observation & Analysis – using this to feed coaches decision-making
1230 - Lunch
1300 - Decision Making for Coach
  • Structuring the session(s)
  • Coaching behaviours
Developing Learner Decision Making
1600 - Review & Questions
1630 - Finish