The “For The Love of It” concept was first tested in 2021 at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre, the programme aimed to celebrate the richness and breadth of experience Paddlesports in Ireland has to offer. The initial test was a roaring success, with the challenge being how to translate the concept into a nationwide foundation programme that all young paddlers can access.
This was investigated through a Pilot phase that lasted over 5 months and culminated with the programme launch in Clonmel. Run in partnership with Tipperary LSP and Clonmel Canoe Club, this launch event offered junior paddlers the opportunity to experience 7 different workshops exploring the breadth of disciplines Paddlesports has to offer.
The benefits of the programme were immediately clear, with all young paddlers in attendance being extremely engaged in the workshops, and wanted more of every discipline they experienced.
This event and programme are supported by a strong, coordinated network of coaches, instructors, partner clubs, LSPs and Hubs who embrace the objectives and helped us deliver quality, fun and creative experiences on the day. A massive thank you to all the clubs and disciplines who ran workshops on the day.