Team Copeland

Our Club

Copeland Canoe Club was founded in 1981. Its aim is to promote the amateur sport of canoeing. We have been an affiliated member of the British Canoe Union - now British Canoeing (BC) since 1983. We became a Community Amateur Sports Club in 2004 and a Clubmark club in June 2009. We have continued to be accredited with Clubmark and became a BC Top Club in 2012. In 2015 we achieved the "Paddle-Ability" bolt-on to our Top Club status. This has now been renamed the BC "Quality Mark". We were re-accredited in October 2016.


Membership is open to all, trial membership is available for up to 4 sessions before we ask you to join (ie from the fifth session onwards). This is at a cost of £6.00 per person per pool or outside session from September 2018. We ask visitors / trial members to give us some basic personal details so we have medical and emergency contact information, just in case it is needed...
See below for information on how this is handled.

Membership fees for 2018 are the same as 2017, for full details see the membership prices page.

  • Junior: (Under 18) £17.00
  • Student (Over 18, living at home, in fte): £17.00
  • Senior: (18 or over) £23.00: (60 or over) £17.00
  • Family: £34.00
    A family would normally be two or more related people. (Preferably one over 18)
  • Membership fees are annual, per calendar year. If you join part-way through the year fees are reduced. We ask non-members to join after a period of 4 weeks (ie the fifth session).This is to comply with our insurance conditions. Please see the club subscription prices page (link on the right) for more detail if you wish to join part-way through a calendar year.

    These fees cover affiliation to British Canoeing and contribute to the running of the club and the purchase / maintenance of club equipment. Club members have some Public Liability Insurance because of the Club's BC affiliation, Coaches also have a measure of employer`s liability insurance.

    Pool Sessions

    From September 2018:
    Per session per person: £5.00 members / £6.00 non-members.
    Families pay a maximum of £10.00 or £12.00.

    Pool fees cover the hire of boat, paddle and spraydeck if needed. Those attending pool sessions are assumed to be able to swim 50m. If this isn`t the case, please let us know so we can help you. This information will be kept strictly in confidence.

    Personal Information and Privacy

    This is our description of how and why we handle your personal information.
    Copeland Canoe Club takes your privacy seriously. We will only use your data for our administration needs.
    How your information will be used:
    When you become a member, or renew your membership with Copeland Canoe Club, you agree to the use of your personal data for administering your membership and for us contacting you with club notices relevant to your membership.
    We will ask you how you wish to be contacted (our preference is email).
    Occasionally we may want to send you communications not associated with your membership administration. We will ask you permission to do so.
    You may unsubscribe at any time.
    The club occasionally takes photos of, or videos, its members. These may be used on our website, social media, local press, British Canoeing website etc. They are also used to generally promote the club. We will ask you for permission for this. We ask you to confirm this choice if a child is involved.
    Event Entry
    We will also enter events on your or your child's behalf if you ask. We will only use personal data relevant for administering the event entry with the event organiser.
    Your details are held in an encrypted form on computer. Sensitive personal information such as any medical information you have chosen to give us that might affect your ability to paddle is shared with coaches on a "need to know" basis to help ensure your safety at club events.
    We ask for details of someone to contact (eg a next of kin) in the unlikely event of needing to get in touch urgently. You should ensure that they have been asked and are happy for us to do so.
    We will only retain your data for as long as we need to in order to administer your membership.
    Sharing with British Canoeing (BC)
    We will share your details with British Canoeing if you are not already a BC member. This is to provide insurance for your club activities. If you are a BC member, they will provide you with access to an online portal to administer your details. BC will contact you to invite you to sign into and update your Go Membership portal. Among other things, the portal allows you to set and amend your privacy settings, and also sign up to their member newsletter if desired. You can also delete your account.

    Code of Conduct

    Our Code of conduct for all members is on the list on the right and can also be obtained from the policies - downloads page.

    Club Officers 2017-18

    • Chairman: Mark Jones
    • Secretary: Alastair Yates
    • Treasurer: Tony Foster
    • Equipment: Mark Hillon
    • Welfare Officers: Joe Stalker and Estelle Kay
    • Safety Officers: Joe Stalker and Alastair Yates
    • Pool Coordinator: Coaching team
    • Website / Calendar / newsletter production: Alastair Yates
    • Junior Coaching coordinator: David Topliss
    • Adult Coaching coordinator: Simon Kay
    • Competition Officer: Robert Stalker
    • Volunteer coordinator: Andy Bennion
    • Membership Coordinator: shared between Chairman and Secretary
    • School Liaison coordinator: Mark Jones
    • Junior Rep: Josh Kay
    • Paddle Ability Rep: Andy Bennion