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Canoe Slalom - Canoe Scotland


Canoe Sprint - Canoe Scotland


Canoe Slalom - Canoe Scotland


Canoe Sprint - Canoe Scotland



Applying for Performance Support for 2019-2020

Applications are now open for the SCA Performance Squads 2019-2020 season.

We are looking for ambitious young paddlers to join the squads. Guidelines for the required performance standard are provided here. Anyone considering application, please read the documentation and contact Head of Performance and Pathways, Jon Schofield, If you have any further questions.

Please use the link below to submit your application, You can download a pdf version of this form to help before filling in the online version. Please note, we will only be accepting online applications and encourage the submission of supporting documents emailed to with the subject being "(Your name) SCA Performance - Athlete Application Supportive Documents

Performance Support Application Form 2019-2020

Applications close midnight 23rd September 2019
Applicants will be informed of the outcome midday 1st October 2019


Vacancy: Performance Coach - Slalom

The SCA and BCC are partnering to jointly recruit a slalom coach  to enhance the coaching provision at BCC whilst also delivering SCA Performance Programme activities for specific sessions and training camps. This new position, made possible through sportscotland investment, will help deliver further success in Slalom in Scotland by strengthening the slalom performance pathway.

Further information including the job description, person specification and application form

To apply, please submit online by 12 noon on Friday 27th September 2019.



SCA Performance runs programmes in 2 Olympic disciplines, Sprint and Slalom canoeing. Rio 2016 saw the introduction of Paracanoe in the Paralympic programme and we aim to support the identification of Scottish athletes to join the British Canoeing Programme centrally delivered in Nottingham High Performance Centre.

SCA Performance aims to enable Scottish Athletes joining British Canoeing World Class Programme and going onto win Olympic & Paralympic medals

Our team is consistently reviewing the way we deliver support to Scottish Athletes committed to World Class progression. For this coming year and cycle, we have reinforced our flexible approach to 5 areas of support services:

  1. Coaching & Performance Planning
  2. SIS (Sport Science and Medicine) support
  3. Programme of activities Training / Racing camps
  4. International Exchange
  5. Winning Student

The aim of this approach is to enable a semi-centralised programme allowing athletes to build the appropriate training environment to reach their goals.

For some athletes, it may mean embracing an all-inclusive approach delivered at the SCA training centre. For others, it might be engaging with identified support areas to complete the support they receive locally.

If you want to have an informal discussion about the programme and how you can be supported, do not hesitate to contact Jon Schofield, SCA Head of Performance and Pathways


Our mission is to provide the right environment and support for Scottish Athletes and Coaches who are committed to World Class Achievements


Our strategy focuses on 4 pilars

  1. Ensure that Performance support continues to feed athletes onto BC WCP through a semi-centralised Performance Programme
  2. In alignment with British Canoeing What it Takes to Win (WITTW) model,  implement a quality profiling process consisting of education module, support plan and impact review
  3. Create an education system that supports the development of Performance Coaching 
  4. Ensure Local Performance Environment have the capacity and quality required to deliver Athletes to receive support from the SCA Performance Programme


SCA annually publish the SCA Performance Programme document (see download section), signed off by the Performance Group to define the Performance Pathway, the selection and retention criteria, the performance support available and the hedline operation and application process.

SCA Performance Programme is based on a semi-centralised approached and operates from October to end of September the following year. The aim of the semi-centralise approach is to strengthen our pathway to allow young athletes to train in their local environment and gradually access relevant performance support to achieve enhanced competition outcome.


MenSkil - "preventing threats to sport integrity among young high level athletes though development of mental skills"

The SCA is working collaboratively with two other European organisations to research the affect of mental health in high performance athletes. The MenSkil project ultimately aims to: 

  • increase our knowledge about mental health in a sports context
  • support volunteers, coaches and managers to support athletes
  • improving training and competition conditions taking into account mental health 

The project will be implemented over a period of 18 months, between January 2017 and June 2018. To achieve the above mentioned objectives, research will take place through two main pieces of research, followed by sharing of good practice and implementing the recommendations found.

The Erasmus+ Programme of the EU are co-funding the project, and the other partner organisations are Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI) and the Centre Regional d'Expertise et de Performance Sportive (CREPS) D'ile de France.

For more information, please visit the project website here