CANI News Splash September 2020, Ed.1

Jake Cochrane wins Silver Medal at European Slalom Canoeing

 Championships in Prague with Irish Team

The Irish team of Robert Hendrick, Liam Jegou, and Jake Cochrane  

(Picture courtesy of Lindie Naughton)

Congratulations to Jake Cochrane from Northern Ireland who won a silver medal in the Men’s C1 Team category with his two other Irish team mates, Liam Jegou and Robert Hendrick, at the European Slalom Canoeing Championships in Prague on Sunday 20th September 2020.  Jake  also achieved 12th place in the Men’s C1 event.  

Two other athletes from Northern Ireland, Alistair McCreery and Eoin Teague, competed at the event.  Eoin was 16th in the Men’s K1 event and Alistair was a member of the Men’s K1 team who finished in 12th place.

Well done to all of the athletes!

See a full report at here 

Dawn Coulter 

CANI regrets to inform members that Dawn Coulter passed away on 21st August 2020.

Dawn was CANI’s Administration Officer from 1994 to 2002.

Our sympathies go out to Dawn’s husband, Robert, her two daughters Katherine and Rachel and her wider family circle.

Sport  NI Covid Safe Sport Pack

Sport NI, in partnership with the Department for Communities, have opened the COVID Safe Sport Pack Programme for expressions of interest from eligible organisations to receive a pack. The programme aims to assist Sports organisations with their management of the ease of lockdown and a safe return to sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who can be support

Any organisation that has a primary role in delivering sport and physical recreation can apply to our fund to request a Covid Safe Sport equipment pack. 

These organisations include:

  • Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport NI (with an office base in NI) 
  • Constituted local sports clubs affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport NI
  • Community & Voluntary sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation as their primary activity. Sports and Activities must be recognised by Sport NI. 
  • Registered NI charities that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation as their primary activity. Sports and Activities must be recognised by Sport NI.

For further details see here 

New British Canoeing Safeguarding Refresher eLearning

British Canoeing Awarding Body and the National Associations, including CANI, are committed to helping everyone in paddlesport accept their responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk from harm and abuse, and ensure appropriate training and education for coaches, leaders and deployers. 

As part of our continual work British Canoeing are providing an online resource to refresh your existing safeguarding knowledge in a convenient and interactive way. It comprises of two elements, a core training module which revisits and consolidates your previous safeguarding training, as well as an additional social media awareness module.

The course costs £10 and can be accessed by clicking here.

Sport NI Safeguarding Children & Young People Online Workshop

An online Safeguarding Children & Young People workshop will take place on Wednesday 7th October at 6.45pm to 9.00pm.

To book please click here.

Tollymore Instructor Development Programme 2020/21 

Tollymore are recruiting for two trainees to join their team on the Tollymore Instructor Development Programme – November 2020 to August 2021. 

Sport Northern Ireland supports Tollymore National Outdoor Centre (TNOC) as the national centre for outdoor activities in Northern Ireland. The programme provides  participants with a wide range of opportunities for training and personal development.


The Instructor Development Programme is a residential programme and successful applicants will be required to live on site, with catered accommodation provided by  Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

Closing date noon 5th October.

For further details see here.

Funding Opportunities for Paddle Clubs

Tesco Bags of Help

During October, November and December Tesco will be providing grants of up to £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. 

Three community projects in each local area are voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.


This theme could cover a large mixture of local causes.  Examples include: 

  • Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and well being of children, particularly mental health.
  • Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support well being through physical activities.
  • Non- statuary educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.Vulnerable at risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.

Find out further details and apply here.

KFC Foundation 

The KFC Foundation has launched its first ever small grant funding call. KFC want to make grants to support grass roots organisations in the heart of their restaurant’s communities. It is open to organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work and social skills.

Grants of between £200 to £2,000 are available to benefit young people aged 11 to 25 years old.

Expressions of Interests are open until 25th September 2020.

To find out more and apply click here.

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