W11 - Growing participation by working together

Growing Participation by working together:
two National Governing Bodies of Sport
share how they have collaborated to support
schools to provide wider opportunities for
young people
Debbie Jackson
Dan Hetherington
Rob Wright
– Senior Development Officer, Canoe England
– Indoor Rowing Lead, British Rowing
– Assistant Head, Plymstock School
History – the background
• TEAM Watersports represents the joint sports development departments of Canoe
England, British Rowing and the Royal Yachting Association. Since 2001 we have
worked together closely on a number of initiatives, in a range of locations.
In addition our sports have consistently delivered on the international stage
• An opportunity to clearly promote joint working
• Taking advantage of networking opportunities
• A deliberate change of engagement approach
• Joint help & inspiration – YST,BR,CE
•YST - £20K
•BR - £20K
•CE - £20K
• April 2013 - March 2014
• To be reviewed annually
Criteria – School Selection
• YST Partnership school
• YST regional staff insight
• Strong support from School Senior Management
• Robust and honest application
• BR/CE Strategic link to 2013-17 plans
• Geographical Spread
9 schools • Yorkshire Rodillian School, Leeds; Wickersley
School, Rotherham
• South East -The Regis School, Bognor Regis ,West
• South West - Plymstock School , Plymouth(lead
status), Ashton Park School, Bristol
• North East - Roseberry School, Durham
• East Midlands - Prince William School, Oundle;
Rushcliffe School, Nottingham
• East - Turnford School, Waltham Cross,
Watersport Hub School are defined as:
• Beacons of best practice in canoeing and rowing delivery through
advocacy and development in schools, by committing to work directly
with a minimum of 2 other schools and a designated local Watersports
centre and/or local club
• They will develop and drive young people’s participation in
indoor and outdoor opportunities by increasing sustained participation
and providing clear inclusive pathways for young people into
community clubs as both participant and young
• They will develop young people, school staff and parents as coaches,
leaders and volunteers in Watersports deploying them to support
competition development and growth through School Games
Plymstock School – Lead Status
Provide 1 to 1 support to all hub schools to achieve action plan outcomes including ▫ Inform and advise on curriculum, competition and club development
▫ Support transition offer from school to community
To act as a sounding board to provide guidance and support to watersports NGBs on educational
resources and young leader development programmes
Contribute to the development of the Hub School induction and orientation process
To link with future Lead Hub schools in other sports to share good practice to support the
development of the Hub School concept.
To compile best practice e-mail to schools on successes in Watersports development
To provide regular feedback/quality assurance on the development of Watersports Hub schools to
The Partnership
Delivery and Development
Technical Support
Project Management
Advocate For Watersports
Watersports Programmes
NGB Support
Participation and Volunteering
Staff Support
School Support
Workforce Development
Resources and Materials
Resources and Materials
Pathways Into Community Sport
Workforce Training
Link to other YST
Whole School Impact
Pathways - Community and
Whole School Impact
What’s in it for the School?
• Yr 1 £1,600 support grant (measured against agreed outputs and
• Up to £2,500 worth of Instructor and Leader training (In-kind)
• Potential for up to c. £2000 worth of additional support (including Lead
School, NGB staff and YST staff support) (In-Kind)
• Bespoke Watersports resources developed in partnership with hub
schools (joint competition resource development)
• 2x Athlete Role Model visits/yr worth c.£1,000
• Media support to increase PR opportunities for the school (via
NGB/YST channels)
• Attendance at international/national events as spectators and
• Equipment Package
The School must
• Build and sustain strong community links by working
in partnership with at least 2 identified local
Watersports clubs (and/or Outdoor Education Centres)
to create a ‘transition club’ and other school-club links
which enhance the quality and quantity of opportunities
and pathways
• Deliver 2 youth leadership/young volunteer training
days per year for local schools
• Identify one member of staff to attend and contribute to
an annual staff development workshop for ‘Team
Watersports’ on ‘working with Education’
The School must
• Provide opportunities for a minimum 150 young
people to access additional opportunities in
indoor/outdoor rowing and canoeing and train and
develop a minimum of 20 young people and 5
parents and/or teachers in coaching and leadership.
• Implement Level 1 School Games competition
by co-ordinating and managing the rotation of the
‘Indoor Regatta in a box’ to encourage L1
competition, and host 3 ‘Indoor Regatta’s’ for local
schools each year
9 schools
1350 young people engaged in Watersports
180 young leaders
45 adult leaders
27 Level 1 School Games
18 school club/centre links
18 ‘leadership/volunteer days’ for Young
• 9 ‘champions’ of Watersports from within
To date Canoe England and British Rowing have ran their U Canoe Activator Tutor Training course and
Indoor Rowing 4 Young People courses at a few Watersport Hub Schools
U Canoe is the new young people’s programme for 14-25s that aims to plug the gap in current provision,
encouraging new participants to the sport. The programme offers two different ways to achieve this, U
Canoe Wired (indoor) led by young people for young people and U Canoe Unleashed (on the water)
using fun, participant led resource cards and learning through play.
'Indoor Rowing for Young People' (IR4YP) is a programme offered by British Rowing to provide training
on how to deliver high quality sessions using an indoor rowing machine, giving confidence and leading
onto Explore Rowing on the water.
Candidates have learnt how to use the machines, the resource cards and opportunities to continue.
Comments included, ‘I’m hooked’ and ‘Who knew canoeing could be so fun’.
These enthused Tutors are now able to deliver training to selected young people within their Watersport
Hub Schools by loaning ergo machines from the National Governing Bodies, inspiring them to encourage
more to go rowing and canoeing, leading onto participation for life.
To find out more about the programmes www.canoe-england.org.uk/ucanoe or
There is currently a joint Watersports Leader course in planning which will combine the two training
sessions along with how to run an indoor competition
Cases of Good Practice
• Held 2 primary indoor watersports events at the academy (70 primary students
• All year 7 students at the academy took part in a kayaking or canoeing activity as
part of their resilience camp at Mixenden reservoir.
• Made links with Leeds Rowing Club for 2 teachers to go on the water and have
INSET training by their qualified coaches for sculling.
• Primary indoor event held including; labelling the kayak, kayak touch challenge plus
activities from the School Games cards.
• Year 8 students taken to Pugneys Outdoor centre canoeing each Wednesday
afternoon as an enrichment activity.
• Year 7 & 8 students taken to the Ardeche region of France where they completed a
24km descent of the Ardeche river in one day and an 8 km kayak trip on a separate
Cases of Good Practice
• Held a Launch Regatta to celebrate their role as a National Watersport School in
partnership with the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership, The
Youth Sport Trust, British Rowing and Canoe England.
As a school they will learn how to engage young people in water sports and will be
responsible for using the sports to impact on students’ attainment and on whole
school improvement..
• The Launch Regatta saw over 70 pupils from Prince William School, The King John,
Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School, Oundle School and Sir Christopher Hatton,
ranging from 11 – 18 years of age competing as part of team and individual races.
• Prince William School, will now be working closely with Oundle Town Rowing Club
and Proteus Canoeing Club, Peterborough to develop stronger sporting and
education links between the School and clubs.
• Will also be running NGB indoor programmes; IR4YP & U Canoe Wired
How does this link to our 2013/17
• Relationships - Both sports are benefiting from each other’s
experience (Canoe England helping British Rowing with access to
water sport centres, which in turn can help reduce the burden of growth
on clubs).
• U Canoe & IR4YP – opens access to more YP through linking to
• Opens the route to develop new indoor and outdoor competition
formats and challenges as an ongoing opportunity to continue for life
• Supports other programmes the sport is already a part of such as the
School Games
• Paddle – Ability & Row-Ability
• Satellite Clubs
• Accredited Clubs/Centres
• Could lead into future developments of forming European style water
sport clubs where members take part in both sports
• Increasing regular participation!!!
What should an Athlete Visit Look Like?
• Help and inspire young people to try the sport and
where it can lead to
• Explain how you got into it, and how this programme
gives a great chance to try both watersports
• Explain why you enjoy the sport and how it changed
your life as a young person
• Talk a bit about the diversity of your sport (coastal,
surf, racing, indoor, ocean etc.)
• Give some practical tips to the young people on the
• Award medals at events
•Review of Data Reports - our impact to date
New Participants
Number of new
involved in
Partner secondary
Partner primary
Number of pupils
with SEND
Review of Data Reports - our impact to date
•Lowest number per Hub = 30
•Highest Number per Hub = 1200
•Number of Schools working across –
Between 3-82
•Balance of primary to secondary pupils
Workforce Development
Number of young people trained
in watersport coaching or
Young people with SEND?
•Engagement of Parents
•Courses Required
•Supporting Young People
•Linking to clubs
Number of teachers or other
adults trained in watersport
coaching or leadership
•Level 1 Competitions = 111
•Level 2 Competitions = 4
•Level 3 Competitions – Rowing 7, Canoeing 2
•How have you influenced this?
•How many are “new” competitions?
•How will/can you use Launch to support more schools engage in
Watersports competitions?
How Can My School Get

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