2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference

The eagerly anticipated 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference took place over the weekend at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire with over 200 Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides in attendance across the weekend.

Throughout Saturday, the keynote speakers engaged the audience in their insightful and thought provoking talks and sketches.

  • Doug Cooper discussed ‘Putting the ‘YOU’ into coaching: Knowing ‘who’ you are as a coach to support, understand and enhance all you do’
  • Liz Burkinshaw explored the creative side through ‘New Skills, New Thinking, New Learning’
  • Ian Pitchford shared ‘Keeping the ‘YOU’ in coaching fresh and safe: Understanding how to care for yourself and keep you safe and at the top of your game’
  • Em Atkins shared a relatable talk on ‘Mentoring – Helping everyone to survive, drive and thrive.
  • Pyranha Kayaks topped of the day with a thought provoking discussion of ‘How long should a Polyethylene (PE) kayak or canoe last?’

During Day 2 of the conference, instructors, coaches and leaders attended a range of classroom based workshops, including ‘Sustainable Coaching’, ‘Coaching for all: Inclusion in coaching’ and ‘Coaching Language’. Over at the National Water Sports Centre, delegates took to the water to participate in a range of workshops including the SUP Safety and Skills, Multi-craft Leadership and White Water Coaching FAQs.

Throughout the weekend, delegates also had the opportunity to speak to a range of exhibitors, including representatives from Red Paddle, Pyranha Kayaks, Gill, Aquapac, the RNLI, Flow Kayaks Ltd and PaddlePoints to name a few.

A great weekend had a by all. Thanks to all of our keynotes and workshop leaders, and of course the instructors, coaches, leaders and guides for making this a memorable weekend.