Nominate The Sharks Please
British Canoeing are asking for nominations for awards and The Sharks are seeking nominations for the Engagement Category, because we think engaging with the wider community is important. Awards and Online Nominations (britishcanoeing.org.uk)
It is good for the Sport, it is good for the Club, but most important of all, it is good for the Community, we are committed to the Community we serve and want to be part of that community, in the same way that we want our local community to be part of us.
We think the best way we can show British Canoeing, that we are the best at engagement, is if we simply get loads of nominations, so please use the following link to nominate us. We have until 4th October to get as many nominations is as possible, so please, click and nominate.
In order to give you some information about how we have engaged and what we are doing, please read below and also take a look around our website. Please feel free to use any of our pictures or videos, but please if you have your won you can use and share please do., we also have videos on YouTube.
The Sharks Engagement with the wider community
Our aim is to get people of all ages and all backgrounds active in paddle sport, The Sharks are the most diverse canoe club in the Country, we have no barriers.
In order to reach as many people as possible we work with as many organisations as we can, these include statutory organisations, such as local authorities, schools, regeneration partners. We have reached out to many local non-statutory organisations, such as Scouts, cadet units, churches and faith groups (yes, we have had a number of faiths coming down, bringing their members to participate), as well as other community groups. We have also worked with the business sector to bring canoeing to new developments and to bring funds and resources into the sport, as well as providing opportunities for their staff to participate.
In 2021, we set ourselves a target of reaching out and working with 21 different organisations, we have achieved this: http://www.thesharks.org.uk/project-21/project-21-engagement/ and gone well beyond. In addition to the partnerships listed on the website:
- We are engaging with two local universities, Brunel and West London, to provide opportunities for students to participate in paddle sport, these discussions have been going very well, but got delayed due to the Pandemic.
- Have been speaking with Queens Park Rangers Football Club on linking in with their very successful and award winning Community programme.
- Have established links with three more schools, who we hope to start working with. Additionally we were working with two others, Featherstone Primary and the Nishkam School prior to the Pandemic, we will resume these partnerships in 2022.
- We are also working with developers to secure a canoeing base in Hayes Town Centre, it is agreed in the plans for redevelopment, all we need is for the work to start, well to be finished, but starting will be worth celebrating.
- We are a regular feature at the Hayes Canal Festival
- We work with communities in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Hounslow.
- We work with people of all abilities, with special needs schools and groups.
We have been working with the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) for a number of years, this as enabled us to locate a container in the Harlesden/Park Royal area of NW10. Having established this facility, we are working with OPDC, to improve and expand the facilities and offer we can make. As part of this partnership we are working together to reach out to local schools, businesses and community groups in order to replicate the numbers we are getting in Southall.
We also run regular come and try it sessions for various events in conjunction with the OPDC.
Our numbers are impressive, in addition to our regular club sessions we are reaching a large section of the community, over 3,300 at Osterley this year and we have not yet finished. This also includes regular attendance from the Sybil Elgar School for Autistic children.
Southall with our partnership with Three Bridges Primary School Let’s Leap Holiday Club and Let’s Go Southall has been brining in nearly 100 paddlers a week. As we have said already expecting to expand this for next year.
On top of this we have had two-hundred Scouts form various troops down, next year we will be running regular Scout sessions for those wishing to get their canoeing badges.
We are very keen on charity work and have been a bit hampered this year, but have still raised over £8,000 for registered charities, over the years we have supported members raising money for Charity: http://www.thesharks.org.uk/project-21/project-21-charity/. Some of this is with national charities, and some with local, particularly proud of the Pandemic, social distanced fund raising with the wider Southall Community: http://www.thesharks.org.uk/charity-event-please-help/.
We also work with environmental organisations and other volunteer groups to help maintain and protect the environment and specially the waterways. Working on clean-up projects and helping organisations such as Thames 21 and the Colne Valley Regional Park, most recently with the removal of Floating Pennywort, which was featured on the BBC’s Country File programme. http://www.thesharks.org.uk/countryfile-comes-to-harefield/.
During the depths of the Pandemic we kept engaging with our members and followers encouraging them to be positive through activity, we sent out regular newsletters, post on social media, set up chat groups on WhatsApp and promoted activities to do, working with local council sports development team to promote activities of the London Youth Games team. http://www.thesharks.org.uk/london-virtual-inclusive-youth-games/. As well as promoting some initiatives of our own. http://www.thesharks.org.uk/section/training-zone/.
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