CANI News Splash October 2020, Ed.1

Free Sported Membership for Paddle Clubs & Groups
– Apply Now!

Sported are a charity that exists to help the inspirational people who are working every day to improve the lives of young people and tackle the problems that matter in their local community.

Sported specialise in supporting the survival and growth of local community organisations using Sport for Development. The Sported network extends to nearly 3,000 sport clubs, youth groups and small charities, spanning the length and breadth of the UK. All use the power of sport and physical activity to prevent and counter the most pressing societal issues impacting young people today – youth violence, community cohesion and mental health, to name but a few. 

Despite their impact and importance, austerity and public spending cuts have left the future of many community groups hanging in the balance. Sported protect these groups and build their capacity to help even more young people in their community. They do this by providing free support services and matching the group leaders with skilled volunteers to improve their working knowledge and expertise in the key operational areas vital to securing funding, becoming sustainable and attracting new participants.

Sign up your Paddle Club or group free today by contacting Judith Rankin at!

PHA Coronavirus Message

Everyone has their part to play in stopping coronavirus spreading

  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Wear a face covering where needed. Remember, you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Wash hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and dispose in a bin.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 – immediately self-isolate and seek testing.
  • Download and activate the StopCOVID NI app from Apple or Google Play to your smartphone.

Or, if under 18

  • Download and activate the under18 app from Apple or Google Play to your smartphone.
  • If you are identified as a close contact you should self-isolate for 14 days, even if you have received a negative test result, because it can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of infection to develop.

NSPCC Parents in Sport Week 2020

It’s the start of #ParentsinSportWeek2020. Find out what should be in place at your child’s sports club to make it a safe place for all children to enjoy here.

15% Cotswold Discount for CANI Members

Cotswold offer members of CANI a 15% discount on Cotswold Outdoor, Snow & Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need.


To avail of the offer CANI members should email the CANI Office at for the discount code.  CANI members will also have to sign up to Explore More here before the discount can be applied. 


This offer can be used in-store and on-line.  When shopping in-store CANI members will have to show their valid membership card as well as sign up to Explore More. 

The offer is valid until 30th September 2021.

Please Note: The discount code is for personal use only.

Sport NI Hardship Fund

On Thursday 1st October 2020, Sport NI, in partnership with the Department for Communities, launched the application stage for the third phase of Sport Hardship Funding.

This wave of funding covers an additional requirement that sport clubs and organisations have put forward to Sport NI. This Sport Hardship Fund application will prioritise new applicants; for funding of £2,000 and now includes club and organisations who ‘block book’ (hire) their facilities as well as owning or leasing facilities. Returning applicants may also apply for a £1,000 top up to their award if they have fully expended the initial £2,000 they received in the first wave of Sport Hardship Funding. 

In the event that the 3rd call is oversubscribed, we will assess new applicants first (on the basis of date/time of submission). Repeat applications will be assessed on the basis of date/time submitted.

Who can apply?

Eligible organisations delivering sport and physical recreation can apply to our fund if experiencing financial hardship. A full detailed list of those who can apply and further details can be found on the Sport NI website here.

The Sport Hardship Fund applications close at 12pm on Thursday 5th November. Applications after this date will not be considered.  Limited funding is available.

Applications can be made via this link

Sport NI Covid Safe Sport Pack

Sport NI, in partnership with the Department for Communities, have launched the applications for COVID Safe Sport Packs. The contents of the packs are designed to reflect current scientific evidence around the most effective methods of reducing the infection of COVID-19 including;

  • Increased hygiene measures (including hand hygiene)
  • Use of PPE when social distancing cannot be maintained
  •     Links to education material around best practice and minimising infection spread

These packs are designed to help sports clubs meet Government and PHA guidelines around a safe return to sport and assist in providing materials for the implementation of risk mitigation protocols for COVID-19 infection control. 

There will be initially 2500 packs available, allocated on a first come first given basis. No deadline had been set for applications; however, Sport NI advise you to apply as soon as possible. 

Further information on the packs and all return to sport information can be found on Sport NI website here.

The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) are delighted to announce that we are recruiting for a two year coaching apprenticeship as part of the sportscotland funded “Coaching Futures” programme.

This opportunity is open to any Slalom or Sprint athletes who are in the process of retirement or who have retired in the last 3 years and is a fantastic opportunity for an athlete to begin a career in coaching. 

The priority within the Coaching Futures programme is the development journey of the apprentice coach.  As such the SCA will work closely with both British Canoeing and sportscotland to provide a well supported bespoke development programme for the apprentice. 

If this opportunity is of interest then please click here for further details.

Deadline 23rd October at 12pm.