Training

Juniors

The Royal Academy launched for juniors in September 2017, providing high-quality coaching and training for junior paddlers to progress through the ranks.

Ability groups

A = Abraham: Advanced – typically handicap <20

B = Brabants: Intermediate – typically handicap 20-35

C = Carrington: Improver – typically handicap >35

W = Walker: Beginners – all new junior paddlers MUST have attended and graduated from this four week course.

The programme 

WALKER

DAYTIMELEAD COACHWEEKS 1, 2 & 3WEEK 4
Wednesday18:00 - 20:00Natalie Day/
Sue Bovington
Club night Club night
Friday17:00 - 18:00Phil CarterWorkshops Workshops
Saturday09:00 - 10:00Sue BovingtonBeginners' Skills               TT & Graduation                

CARRINGTON

DAYTIMELEAD COACHSUMMERWINTER
Wednesday18:00 - 20:00Jess Hanchett/
Natalie Day
Time trials & club nightLand training & club night
Friday17:00 - 18:00Phil CarterFun/skills/workshopsFun/skills/workshops
Saturday10:30 - 11:30Jess Hanchett/
Natalie Day
Season-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Sunday09:00 - 10:00Jess Hanchett/
Natalie Day
Club crew boats or raceClub crew boats or race

BRABANTS

DAYTIMELEAD COACHSUMMERWINTER
Monday17:00 - 18:00Nicole Williams/
Mark Clive
Season-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Tuesday17:00 - 18:00Nicole Williams/
Mark Clive
Season-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Wednesday18:00 - 20:00Nicole WilliamsTime trials & club nightLand training & club night
Friday17:00 - 18:00Phil CarterFun/skills/workshopsFun/skills/workshops
Saturday10:30 - 11:30Nicole WilliamsSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Sunday09:00 - 10:00Nicole WilliamsClub crew boats or raceClub crew boats or race

ABRAHAM

DAYTIMELEAD COACHSUMMERWINTER
Monday07:00 - 08:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Monday17:00 - 18:00Nicole WilliamsSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Tuesday07:00 - 08:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Tuesday17:00 - 18:00Nicole WilliamsSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Wednesday07:00 - 08:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Wednesday18:00 - 20:00Nicole WilliamsTime trials & club nightLand training & club night
Thursday07:00 - 08:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Thursday17:00 - 18:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Friday07:00 - 08:00tbcSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Friday17:00 - 19:00Phil CarterFun/skills/workshopsFun/skills/workshops
Saturday10:30 - 11:30Nicole WilliamsSeason-specific trainingSeason-specific training
Sunday09:00 - 10:00Nicole WilliamsClub crew boats or raceClub crew boats or race

Punctuality

The time stated above is the time at which the training session starts. Children should arrive 15 minutes before this time to get changed and ready.

Non-club training/coaching

The sessions outlined above are the only formal club coaching/training sessions. Any other sessions are by private arrangement only and are not covered by the club’s governance.

Coach allocation

The ‘Lead Coach’ is responsible for the session, though may have other coaches helping.

Allocation to groups

Paddlers will be allocated to a group by the coaches. The principal criteria is their ‘handicap’. This is published on the club noticeboard and refers to their speed on time trials.

Group names 

Attila Abraham – one of Hungary’s most successful kayak racers, winning Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze. And conveniently having a name with the first letter ‘A’.

Tim Brabants – Great Britain’s first Olympic Gold medallist in kayak racing – and member of Royal Canoe Club. Luckily his name begins with a ‘B’.

Lisa Carrington – New Zealand’s most successful female kayak racer, with the running total standing at two Olympic Gold medals and five World Championship Gold medals. She probably doesn’t realise how important the first letter of her surname is.

Jess Walker – From starting at Royal Canoe Club at the age of 11, Jess is now a three time Olympian, twice making finals as well as winning junior world and senior European championship medals. We don’t care what her surname starts with!