CANI News Splash August 2020 Ed. 1

Sport NI Covid-19 Resource Pack

Sport NI have developed a Covid-19 Resource Pack including posters for your Paddle Club to download and use.  To download please click here.

Covid-19 Track & Trace App

Please find information on the Covid-19 Track & Trace App for your Paddle Club to download here. 

CANI Equality Committee Recruitment


CANI are looking for volunteer Equality Committee members for the following positions to help us move to the next stage in our development;

  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Female Lead
  • Ethnic Minority Lead
  • LGBT+ Lead
  • Cross Community Lead
  • Young Person Lead 

The two other roles of Disability Lead and Older Person Lead have been appointed. 

We need individuals who share in our values and vision for paddlesport and who have the skills, qualities, and expertise to help the CANI Equality Committee operate effectively.

Please note: Individuals do not need to be a member of CANI or have experience paddling to apply. 

These roles are voluntary and the roles offer great flexibility to fit around your time as the majority of our work will take place at bi-monthly evening meetings with occasional weekday activities such as conference calls. 

Details of the roles and how to apply can be found here 

Please submit the expression of interest form to Lauren Smythe, Chief Officer, at by 12 noon on Friday 7th August 2020.


The updated CANI Equality Committee Terms of reference and details of members can be accessed here.

Please submit the expression of interest form to Lauren Smythe, Chief Officer, at by 12 noon on Friday 7th August 2020.


The updated CANI Equality Committee Terms of reference and details of members can be accessed here 

The CANI Strategy 2017-21 can be accessed here

Information on equality can be accessed on the CANI website here

New Go Paddling eLearning for New Paddlers

The latest addition to the British Canoeing Awarding Body eLearning library is the new Go Paddling Introduction to Paddlesport!

The FREE eLearning is aimed at new or returning paddlers and works through a range of topics from equipment to environment and safety information too. The eLearning is designed to be an easy to use, interactive program which takes no longer than 20 minutes to complete, and educates new paddlers on important topics before heading for the water this summer.  

For further details click here

Game, Set, Mash!

Mash Direct is giving sports teams the chance to win a £5,000 sponsorship package.


Mash Direct, the award-winning ‘field to fork’ side dish brand, is pleased to announce the launch of their new sports campaign, ‘The Mash Direct Champ-ionships’ on 29th July 2020.  This campaign will give teams across the country the opportunity to win the top prize of a £5,000 sponsorship package which includes a Mash Direct branded playing kit for the forthcoming season.  

Covid19 has seen the temporary closure of many sports teams and prevented people enjoying certain fitness activities.  Mash Direct is launching this campaign to help UK and ROI sports teams to recover and is part of the brand’s overall commitment to support health and wellbeing. 


To enter the competition, individuals will need to click here, fill out a form and enter a short video on the Mash Direct social channels.

NI Sports Forum Announce Partnership with Vira Hygiene

The Northern Ireland Sports Forum is delighted to announce a new partnership with commercial hygiene solutions firm Vira Hygiene. Vira Hygiene provide a range of hand sanitiser and hygiene solutions to help businesses and sports organisations maintain a safe environment for facility users.

As part of this partnership, Vira Hygiene will give a 10% discount for sports organisations when purchasing any of their hand sanitiser dispensers. These dispensers can provide a 50% cost saving to manual dispensers and can be uniquely branded to your organisation or facility.

The Vira Hygiene automatic hand sanitiser dispensers can be easily installed throughout your facility to encourage regular use. Their certified alcohol hand sanitiser kills 99.9% of germs to protect against the transfer of viruses and disease. Vira Hygiene are also an approved supplier of the GAA.

NI Sports Forum Executive Manager, Ciaran Kearney
welcomed today’s announcement.

“We have been working with Vira Hygiene in recent weeks to ensure a high quality sanitising solution is available to sports clubs and facilities. We are delighted to ensure organisations will receive a 10% reduction on RRP specifically for the sports sector and in turn put in place the required steps to ensure a safe environment for participants, volunteers and spectators.”

To ensure paddle clubs avail of this opportunity please contact Vira Hygiene through the specific NISF Portal by clicking here.

Funding Opportunities


Sport NI Hardship Fund- £2k- Final Reminder 


Sport NI in partnership with the Department for Communities re-opened the Sports Hardship Fund to help sports clubs and other organisations delivering sporting activities, who are experiencing financial hardship.  

The Sports Hardship Fund initially opened on 14 April and has provided support totalling £1.245m to help over 600 sports clubs maintain facilities during the lockdown.

Each successful applicant will receive £2,000 for costs incurred from 1st April 2020.

The fund will close for completed applications at 12 noon on Wednesday 5th August 2020.

For further details and to apply click here  

Department for Communities Small Capital Grants Through Co-operation Ireland – Up to £5k


Department for Communities launch Small  Capital Grants Programme for purchase of equipment.

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.  

With a total fund of £800,000, this fund is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide in the community.  

Grants are available of between £1500 and £5000 towards the purchase of items such as IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment and material to support arts and cultural activities.  

Applications are invited from constituted organisations with an annual income of no more than £100,000.  

The amount available will be dependent on the number of partners included on an application: 

  • 2 partner groups – up to £1500
  • 3-4 partner groups – up to £3500
  • 5 + partner groups – up to £5000 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th August.

Further details on how to apply can be found here .