The Sharks Canoe Club named the Best Satellite Club in London

A London Sport supported Satellite Club, based in Hounslow, has been named as the best in London in recognition of its work to help get more young people playing sport

The Sharks Canoe Club named the Best Satellite Club in London

by Jemima Jones

The Sharks Canoe Club successfully piloted a scheme with the National Trust in the summer of 2015 at Osterley Park, leading to the creation of a Satellite Club in September of that year.

Funding was provided by London Sport through the Sport England Satellite Clubs intervention. As well as funding, London Sport supports the club with developing and maintaining strong links with local schools to encourage more young people to try canoeing. 

Over the past 12 months over 200 young people have taken part in canoeing as a result of the Satellite Club's work. To support the sustainability and running of the club, The Sharks Canoe Club has made use of a coaching bursary to up-skill participants into coaches.

Neal Underwood, Coach and Development Officer for The Sharks Canoe Club said:

“Satellite Clubs offer a great opportunity to get new people in our sport. The Sharks simply want to offer opportunities to as many people as possible and to enable those people to reach their full potential. I am very proud that we have received this award, it really showcases our hard work and shows that we are achieving what we set out to do, get more people more active.” 

Sharks Canoe Club Award

Joel Brookfield from Sport England, presenting Neal Underwood, The Sharks Canoe Club Coach and Development Officer the award

Director of Community Sport at Sport England, Mike Diaper, said: 

“Congratulations to The Sharks Canoe Club. Given the benefits of being active it’s really important that we do all we can to engage people who might think sport isn’t for them. Thanks to their hard work, The Sharks Canoe Club are creating formidable pathways to help young people in Hounslow become active in the best way that suits them.”

Isaac Rocke, National Trust Sport Development Officer at Osterley Park said:

“Having sporting opportunities has really helped people get more active and unify the local community. I think it is amazing to have so many activities, in such a unique location, like Osterley House. It’s great that the National Trust have formed this partnership to facilitate in the actions of getting more people fit and active in London.” 

The Sharks

Over the last year, London Sport has developed 234 new Satellite Clubs and engaged over 10,000 new participants. Programmes like Satellite Clubs have a profound impact in helping work towards our target of getting 1,000,000 Londoners more active by 2020. 

Satellite Clubs are extensions of community sports clubs, which are usually established in a secondary school or college in order to target the 11-25 year olds. They are delivered by community sports clubs and supported by the network of county sports partnerships and national governing bodies of sport. Read more about the Satellite Clubs programme here.

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