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Goole Paddlers

Enjoying Goole's Waterways

In the summer of 2016, the Waterways Partnership was awarded £8,610 from Sport England to deliver a project offering indoor and outdoor canoeing opportunities for young people in Goole – all free of charge. 

The Goole Paddlers Project included outdoor sessions, which were run from the Yorkshire Waterways Museum using the Aire and Calder Navigation. Sessions were led by qualified coaches, offering young people a safe, fun and interactive experience of being on the water. 

Young people also had the chance to try canoeing in an alternative way - through indoor sessions using British Canoeing’s U Canoe Wired programme. These sessions provided a ‘dry’ introduction to the sport, using the latest kayak ergometers and software. Participants were able to enjoy various interactive games, learn good paddling technique, challenge their friends or just canoe.

The purpose of the Goole Paddlers project was to promote canoeing as a positive activity for young people and to encourage recreation on the Aire and Calder Navigation. We are continuing to support local efforts to establish a canoe club, which would be a first for Goole and the surrounding area. 

In addition, this project also links to a major national initiative – The Desmond Family Canoe Trail. The Canal and River Trust is developing this coast-to-coast canoe route with a donation from The Desmond Foundation and support from British Canoeing. When finished, the trail will connect Liverpool to Goole using the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation. It is due to arrive in Goole by 2019. By running the Goole Paddlers project, we have been helping to build interest in water-based activity prior to the trail’s arrival, putting the town in a good position to capitalise on the social and economic benefits it is expected to bring. 

The Goole Paddlers project was led by the Waterways Partnership with support from East Riding of Yorkshire Council's sport, play and arts service, Goole Local Growth Partnership, the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, British Canoeing and Canal and River Trust.

We are very grateful for the funding and support that Sport England has given to this project.

Further information

For more information about the Goole Paddlers project, contact Annabel Hanson, waterways partnership coordinator:

Telephone: (01482) 391678

For more information about the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, please visit the Canal and River Trust website:

The Desmond Family Canoe Trail (external website)

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This project has been generously funded by Sport England.
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Young members of the Kingston Kayak Club
Young members of the Kingston Kayak Club
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Indoor kayaking session
Indoor kayaking session using British Canoeing's U Canoe Wired programme. Photo courtesy of British Canoeing
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Paddling on the Aire and Calder at Goole
Paddling on the Aire and Calder at Goole © Canal and River Trust