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Top Weekend for Club Volunteers

Tue 24 April 2018

Last weekend 87 volunteers from 42 clubs joined together at Glenmore Lodge, the National Outdoor Training centre for an action packed weekend of development. Delegates chose from a range of 62 different workshops and sessions from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. This annual event aims to support volunteers in clubs, through a range of practical workshops; developing them as individuals for the benefit of your clubs. 

The event was opened by Andy Murray, SCA Head of Coaching and Development who recognised the great work going on in clubs across the country and that the weekend was all about supporting those volunteers. He also highlighted the improved diversity of the delegates.  This year 46% of attendees were female; a record stat and a full age range from 17 to 70+. Half of attendees previously attended in 2017 whilst a third were first time attendees. With such a diverse audience taking part, this event is proving to have something for everyone. 

Delegates then split into the range of practical workshops at locations onsite, on lochs and rivers nearby and a little further afield for the sea kayakers and surfers.

On Saturday evening delegates enjoyed hearing the insprational story from the first adventurers to circumnavigate mainland Britain in an open canoe. What an amazing story it was. Their 2,064 mile challenge highlighted how they had broken the boundaries and inspired many.

Some of the feedback so far:

Workshop topics included:
  • Disability awareness
  • Safeguarding
  • Developing your canoe coaching
  • Beyond FSRT
  • Fundamentals of Movement
  • Rolling Progressions
  • Games Sense
  • Introduction to SUP
  • Leading WWK Trips / Leading Sea Kayak Trips​ / Leading Canoe Trips
  • Practical White Water Rescues
  • Sea Kayak - Personal Safety Skills
  • Sea Kayak Sailing
  • Traditional Canoe Skills
  • Surf Kayak Development
  • Feedback & Coaching Behaviours
  • How to Coach Rolling
  • Strength & Conditioning for Paddlesport
  • Open Water Rescues
  • Coaching Rescues
  • Kayak - Forward Paddling Clinic
  • Improver Rolling
  • Games Sense
  • Putting the Fundamenatals into Action
  • Stroke Work for Canoeists
  • Feedback & Coaching Behaviours
  • It's all about Structure
  • Developing your kayak coaching
  • Fundamentals of Paddlesport
  • Improver SUP
  • Rolling Games
  • Beyond FSRT
  • Using Games to aid understanding

On Saturday evening the new format drop in sessions proved extremely popular; with topics such as SCA Well run clubs clinic,Sea Kayak Sailing, Kayak Welding, Canoe Outfitting, OC1 Rolling, Weather and Sea Navigation.



The SCA is very grateful to all those who attended, and special thanks to the 21 volunteer coaches who delivered the wide range of workshops. Thanks also to Glenmore Lodge for hosting, co-organising and all the logistics and technical support. Finally a big thank you to sportscotland for the financial support to help make this event accessible to club volunteers.