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Governing Bodies for Paddlesports in the UK

British Canoeing (UK and England)
Canoe Wales
Scottish Canoe Association
Canoe Association of Northern Ireland 

White Water Centers in England and Wales

Artificial white water courses are a great way to get into kayaking, with coaching, equipment hire, and safety often available. Find one near you and get on the water!

National White Water Center, Tryweryn, North Wales
Lee Valley White Water Center, Hertfordshire
Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff
Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
Nene White Water Center, Northampton
Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, Stockton on Tees

Other Charities and Organisations

We are not directly involved with all of the organisations listed below, but believe they do important work and we want to share it.

Save our Rivers work to protect rivers in the UK and beyond from damaging developments and loss of legal protection. Check out their website and Facebook page for more details and info on how to get involved.

Rivers Trust are a group of environmental charities in the UK and Ireland who aim to protect river environments for people and wildlife. For more information take a look at their website and Facebook page.

Good Night Out Campaign train and support nightlife organisations to better understand, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment and assault through their accreditation programme. River Legacy is proud to say that we completed the training in September 2020 and are an accredited GNO organisation. There’s more information available on their website and you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Other funding source for paddlesports

Local councils often have small amounts of money available for sports projects. Other sources include the Asda Foundation, Sport England and ActionFunder for more general projects.

British Canoeing has a wide range of support available for paddlesports clubs.

For projects that improve access or accessibility to water, take a look at the Canoe Foundation. They have a range of grants specifically for access related projects.

Diversity in the Outdoors

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020 River Legacy feel that we have a social responsibility to use our platform to tackle racism and promote inclusivity within kayaking, to allow everyone to enjoy the sport and flourish. A small part of that is educating ourselves and others, so we’ve included some reading here, mostly from a UK perspective, about racism and diversity in the outdoors.