Paddle powered pupils get the Olympic spirit

William Alvey school year 5 pupils having a go on canoes on the River Slea with members of Slea Paddlers.

William Alvey school year 5 pupils having a go on canoes on the River Slea with members of Slea Paddlers.

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SLEA Paddlers canoe club will be holding a series of canoe and kayaking sessions over the summer, thanks to funding from Sportivate.

Due to the success of their Go Canoeing Day, the club, which is based in Sleaford, recognised there was a demand for local people wanting to try a new and exciting sport.

Paul Pattinson, Slea Paddlers’ Sportivate co-ordinator, said: “We have grown steadily in numbers over the past six years since the club was formed.

“Canoeing and kayaking can be challenging but also very rewarding. Our programme of six sessions will follow the British Canoe Union’s Paddler Sport 1 Star syllabus in both a mixture of canoes and kayaks. Equipment will be provided by the club and all our coaches are fully qualified and CRB checked.”

Sportivate is a national programme, managed by Sport England and delivered by Lincolnshire Sport Partnership, which funds six-week sport sessions to encourage teenagers to take part in sport.

A programme of six sessions will run between 2pm and 3pm on: July 8, 22, August 5, 19, September 2 and 16.

The sessions will take place on the River Slea between Eastgate car park slipway and Cogglesford Mill. There are 10 spaces available and there will be a charge of £1 per session.

For more information and to get a registration form, click the Sportivate link on the club’s website at, or contact Paul on 07880 757946.

* William Alvey School children from Sleaford have also been down on the river with the club trying out canoeing for the first time.

The school is running an Olympic theme this term and encouraging all pupils to try different Olympic activities.

Year Five pupils were invited to try canoeing in two sessions with the Paddlers under supervision of Paul Pattinson. It was arranged through club member Miriam Holden who is a teaching assistant at the school.