BELFAST CANOE CLUB-OPEN GENERAL MEETING

We propose to hold a general meeting of the Club at 8pm on Wednesday 6 April.

Belfast Canoe Club has a proud record as the oldest canoe club in Northern Ireland.
It was founded in 1960, and had major influence in the setting up and early years of both CANI and the Irish Canoe Union.  It has had more international competitive honours than all other clubs in NI.

In recent years it has been a loose association of ‘mature’ paddlers and a conduit for scouts to become involved in the sport of canoeing.
Despite small numbers, it has still had disproportionate success in competitive canoeing, always being in the top 3 competitive clubs in CANI.

In order to widen the opportunities for young people to become involved, we would like to re-form the club on a more formal basis, with the objective of promoting canoeing, particularly competitive canoeing, in the Belfast Area. We would like to concentrate on general youth membership, but this requires the involvement of adult volunteers- not necessarily paddlers, and also qualified coaches, probably paid (as we anticipate high demand from young people). We would also like to form a focus for adults interested in competitive paddling

We believe this is a niche which is not adequately covered by other Clubs, and we envisage that some individuals, particularly coaches, will be members of more than 1 Club.

We propose to hold a general meeting of the Club for this purpose at 8pm on Wednesday 6 April.
The venue will be in Belfast- to be confirmed, dependent on the numbers who express interest in coming.

I would be grateful if you would pass this on to anyone who may be interested.

Anyone wishing to come is asked to reply to both me and Damien ( Damien.100@hotmail.com ) by 1 April, so we can confirm venue.

Anyone interested but not available is also asked to contact us.

I am away from home until 1 April, but will be contactable in the evenings only on 07714245376 if you have any queries.

Malcolm Kerry- currently Treasurer BCC
Damien Stafford- currently Secretary BCC

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