Southall Canal Side Improvements – Have Your Say
Help to improve the Canal in Southall by answering a few questions. Please help us to help Canal & River Trust to improve the Canal environment in Southall. They are carrying out a public consultation and responding to it will help us as well as help the Trust.
Not a Lot Happened For all but a couple of days England was in Lockdown 2.0, so not much action going on.
Return to Paddling – Again
Saturday and Sunday Sessions to Resume On Saturday 5th December Shark paddling Sessions will resume at 1pm at NW10 and at 1pm in Southall, Harefield sessions will start on Sunday 6th December at 1pm.
Covid-19 – A Statement – Updated November 2020
Coronavirus Policy Updated 28th November 2020 With the ending of the current restrictions due on the 2nd December and the return to the Tier System, The Sharks will be resuming normal sessions on Saturday 5th December
Was October Good? We have seen a steady rise in new members at all our sites, so things are definably looking positive for the future, but we still face a period of uncertainty for all of us.
That Was Osterley 2020
1,547 Thank Yous That is the number of people we had in our somewhat truncated season at Osterley Park this year.
Encouraging signs returning Whilst it has been a very difficult year for all of us, September showed some positive signs for the future with more people paddling.
It is always good to be Headline Act!
The Sharks are the talk of other people’s websites There are plans to improve the canalised in Harlesden and when you want a good picture for your website where do you go?
Training Camp Report We held a training camp for our slalom paddlers in Llandysul, Wales, the site is used for events at al divisions in the UK calendar, so an excellent venue, for fun, practice and a weekend away.
You can now Pay by PayPal
Ways to pay for sessions with The Sharks During the current pandemic, we have looked at ways to avoid cash payments and now we have added PayPal as a way to pay for Shark Sessions.
To all our Staff The past few months have been a trying and testing time for all of us, The Sharks were up and paddling within days of the lockdown lifted at first with experienced paddlers and then gradually introducing other socially distanced sessions.
We have a Vision
And that vision is starting to become reality The Sharks have been working to create a permanent home or our own in Southall for quite sometime, we could see the potential of converting disused garages and undercroft in to a thriving Community based Canoe Club with gym and more.
When some things start to look normal Whilst August was not a normal month for any of us, things did at least begin to look as if things were returning to normality and for The Sharks, that means paddling.
On the move in Southall
We have moved, but only slightly From now on the meeting place for our sessions in Southall will be just in a slightly different place, just 200m further along the canal, but providing us with far better options so we can improve what we do.
Want to try canoeing, but not sure what to do? Then contact The Sharks, we are here to help get people started in canoeing, in a friendly fun way, with no commitments or need to but any kit. Call us now on 07951 770241, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Barn and The Sharks
Our Barn paddling with The Sharks Another great day of fun with Our Barn who joined us for a paddling session at Osterley Park.
Osterley From the Sky
Google Earth Picture of Osterley Park See us kayaking on the Lake in the Park, our family fun sessions have been caught by Google Earth
Reboot – Southall
New Sessions and New Times As we further open up the Club following Covid-19, we now have some new sessions and new times at Southall, so that more people can become part of The Sharks.
A Big Thank You to our Amazing Staff July has been a difficult month fo us all, we started to crawl back into activity in June, opening our first post lockdown sessions, which have grown and stabilised throughout July.
We are Back! Although we have a long way to go till we are fully open, after being locked down it is good that our existing paddlers have been able to get out on the water, hopefully July will see more action and more paddlers.
Yes, Harefield is where GB paddlers are training through Covid-19 The Sharks home at Harefield is the place GB paddlers are training, whilst other facilities are shut due to Covid-19.
Sport England – Thank You
Covid-19 Support The Sharks would like to thank Sport England for a donation of £1,000 to help us through the difficult circumstances created by Covid-19 pandemic.
We are Southall
Well Done and Thank You to Everyone Involved The Sharks are proud to be part of the Southall Community and we are proud of the Southall Community.
Not a Month we will want to Remember May usually one of our busiest months, and this year was the warmest May ever, but opportunity and activity were on hold due to the Coronavirus.
Pushing Yourself to the Limit Long Distance Racing in canoes and kayaks takes a number of forms, but it is exhilarating, tactical, fun and rewarding. At entry level races are just a few kilometres on flat water.
Our Top Easyfundraisers
The People who are saving The Sharks Money So far people subscribing to Easyfundraising, the fundraising app that earns money when you shop online, but does not cost you a penny has raised £199.11.
Join in the Fun and the Exhilaration of Canoe Slalom! The Sharks have a thriving Canoe Slalom section, operating from our base in at Troy Lake near Harefield.
What Can We Say? Normally at this time of year we have lots to report, lots of events, sessions and activities going on, but Sadly April 2020 is probably a month that will stay with us for a long time, for all the wrong reasons.
United Nations Sports Climate Action Framework
The Sharks have Signed up The Sharks are proud to announce that we are the first Canoe Club to sign up as a Participants in the United Nations; Sports for Climate Action Framework.
Well for The Sharks, with your help At this difficult time, more people than ever are shopping online.
A Very Strange Month March 2020 is a month very few of us will ever forget, but not everything was bad, in fact the start was very good.
The Plans, The Ideas For a long-time now The Sharks have been looking for a “home of our own” and a base in Southall has been key to where we want to be.
A Home of our Own
Work goes on behind the closed doors We have for sometime been working on a project to establish a home of our own in Southall on Havelock, whilst we may not be able to paddle at the moment, work has been on-going for some time, seeking funds, getting planning permissions and preparing the site.
The Month The Rain Came. The weather in February was disruptive to our canoeing programme, but we need to have some perspective before we complain and think of the people whose lives have really been devastated by the storms.
A review January is not normally the month for people to take up water sports in the UK, but we did have some new paddlers join us at our sessions in Southall.
Another Shark Champion Sam Liddy is the latest Shark Paddler to win a national championship, he is under-sixteen Wild Water racing Champion of 2019, he also won the under-sixteen Wavehopper Championship
Welcome to 2020
What are your paddling Plans for this year? There are plenty of opportunities to get active, to get more involved and there is no pressure to do anything other than what you want to commit to.
December – Review
A quite, but still active month December tends to be a quieter month for paddling, but as always we cary on through the Winter. We did not have any competitions this December, but our regular sessions carried on at Harefield, Southall and NW10, whatever the weather The Sharks are active.
A very wet month November started with Shepperton Slalom, the last competition The Sharks entered this year and for teh first time in a while the water was a bit more challenging than it has been on the Thames.