Aims, objectives and history
Canoeing increases physical activity and encourages participants to engage in regular exercise. It takes people outside of their comfort zone and challenges their beliefs in themselves. The Kingston Kayak Club provides a supervised and safe environment to do this within and more active lifestyle’s improves participants’ health and wellbeing.
Codes of Practice, Conduct and H&S
The KKC is affiliated to the National Governing Body of Canoeing ‘British Canoeing’ (http://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk), previously the British Canoe Union (http://www.britishcanoeunion.org.uk). The sport is conducted under the auspices of Sport England (https://www.sportengland.org) and at all time the KKC will undertake to follow the best practice of both organisations. The KKC has attained Club Mark accreditation and the latest certificate is available on this site.
Welfare, Medical Needs & Disabilities
Members are asked to advise the club of any medical needs or disabilities. If medical needs or disabilities are identified the membership secretary will inform the club welfare officers and lead coach. This information will always be dealt with sensitively, but it is important for paddlers enjoyment that appropriate safeguards are put in place.
Community, Environment & City of Culture
The KKC takes pride in the activities that it provides so that anybody can try and hopefully enjoy canoeing. The club actively encourages participants to learn skills in a safe controlled environment before beginning to enjoy the sport in the great outdoors. We have a strong environmental ethos and members are instructed on how to enjoy the countryside in a sensitive and sustainable manner. We are negotiating to allow the use of the premises for a short green energy experiment, which will use low-pressure water and gravity to create non-emission energy.
The development plan is the National Governing Body's Club Mark audit tool. The KKC is currently (May 2016) developing a more user-friendly version of this document, to include development work that is in addition to that required by the NGB.
The KKC gets many request for information, about its structures and governance arrangements. For transparency and the spirit of freedom of information this page indexes those policies, certificates and accreditations which may be of interest. These are reviewed annually at the time of the AGM.