About Us

Solihull Canoe Club
Solihull Canoe Club is based on the Grand Union Canal in the village of Catherine-de-Barnes in the West Midlands. (Find Us) The Club is a registered charity with the aim of encouraging people to try canoeing and kayaking as well as promoting the sport of flat water racing, both marathon and sprint. 
We pride ourselves on being a friendly welcoming club, open to all.
We meet almost every Saturday, in the morning for the racers and in the afternoon for the recreational paddlers.
The committee members and the coaches are all volunteers. We are affiliated with the British Canoeing and have British Canoeing qualified and trained coaches.
The Club has links with various schools, and youth organisations in order to encourage people to take part in and enjoy canoeing. We have just over a hundred members, ranging in age from 8 to their 80s.
Try Canoeing & Kayaking
Try Canoeing at Solihull Canoe ClunTaster sessions are provided for beginners from April to November and generally take place on the first Saturday afternoon in the month.  Cost is £10 per person.  Please contact us in advance to book a session, because we need to know that we have sufficient coaches available.  Afternoon sessions are generally from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, but in the colder winter months start and finish half an hour earlier.

Coronavirus - We are back to running taster sessions for complete beginners. 

No special clothing is required; sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms worn with a pair of light trainers or pumps are adequate. Paddlers should bring a cagoule in case of poor weather, a towel and a complete change of clothing. Please do not bring valuables if you can avoid it.
We have basic facilities which include our new clubhouse which has changing rooms and a toilet and washbasin. The new clubhouse and the toilet are designed to be accessible for disabled people. 

If you enjoy paddling at Solihull Canoe Club, then membership is £40 for Juniors and £50 for Adults for the year up until 31st May 2023. The rate for an adult and a child from the same family is £70. For family membership it is £105 for a family of three, £125 for four and £140 for five or more. Persons who join halfway through the year get a 50% reduced rate.

You will then be able to paddle at Solihull Canoe Club during the year with no additional payments.

Please note we are members' club. Members can use club boats at club training sessions, club trips and for racing, but we do not hire out kayaks or canoes.  
Marathon Racing
Marathon Canoe Racing at Solihull Canoe Club

As a canal based club marathon racing has always been our principal competition discipline.

The basis of our calendar is the 11 race series of British Canoeing Marathon Racing Midlands Region Hasler Trophy events for which we are geographically well situated (refer Calendar).  These events include classes for three divisions at entry level racing over 4 miles with no hazards, three intermediate divisions racing over 8 miles and three top divisions racing over 12 miles both often including portages around locks or other hazards.  This comprehensive range of classes allows paddlers of all ages to enjoy a very family orientated sport with all abilities from novices to international representative paddlers competing at the same venue.

At the end of the series which runs from September to August teams from the top 6 clubs from the 18 in our region are invited to compete in the Hasler Trophy final against the top clubs from the other BC regions and we are proud to record that we usually qualify.  Paddlers compete in single or double kayaks and canoes and our club has a comprehensive selection of entry level craft to facilitate new members trying the discipline.

 The Marathon Racing Committee also organises a National Championship with trophies for individual paddlers based upon age and gender and for club teams.

 Running alongside the Hasler Trophy events are a series of races for paddlers under the age of 12 competing in the Lightning, a one design junior single kayak, and in junior double kayaks with separate classes for girls and boys in age groups under 10 and under 12.  Points are awarded towards an inter-club trophy dedicated to our founder president Geoff Sanders.

 Paddlers from our club also compete in the famous 125 miles Devizes to Westminster race over the Easter period and a variety of other long distance races.

 For full information see www.canoeracing.org.uk/marathon.


Sprint Racing with Solihull Canoe Club
Sprint racing one of our 2 Olympic disciplines. Race over 200, 500 or 1000 metres in 1, 2 or 4 man kayaks or canoes. 
We have former Internationals, top men's A paddlers and some very promising young hopefuls.
Regattas are a sociable weekend of exciting racing and plenty of trade stands to buy kit from. 
There are 5 national events which have qualifying times  and some local events which do not Contact Andy Cook, Head coach and sprint team leader for more details.

Touring with Solihull Canoe Club
The Club runs an active leisure and touring programme including regular trips designed to cater for a wide variety of interests and abilities. Typically these range from days out on local rivers and canals, through to whitewater and longer summer weekend camping trips. In the recent past we have run trips on the Severn, Wye, Avon, Derwent, Penk, Trent, Soar and Tame as well as further afield visits to North Wales and the Nene Whitewater Centre.

In addition we provide a training session once a month for both new and established members. See the Calendar page for further details. Each of these sessions  is delivered by one or more of our own British Canoeing qualified coaches.

We would like to thank the following organisations who have generously supported the club over the years:
  • Sport England -  Inspired Facilities
  • National Lottery -  Awards for All
  • Birmingham International Airport Community Trust Fund
  • British Canoeing
  • NHS Property Services Ltd (charity day for disabled toilet)
  • Sport Solihull
  • Shirley Sea Cadets
  • Solihull Community Foundation / Taylor Woodrow plc
  • Canoe Foundation
  • Solihull Together Small Grants Fund
  • Lightpower Ltd
  • Solihull MBC
Fund Raising
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