Oct 30

Xmas Party Date is Friday 9th December 2016

Details of the format, venue and costs will be announced soon, but in the meantime please put this date in your diary!!

Winter Training

We started our winter training last week, with six of us going for a two mile paddle and then doing some indoor fitness work. We are making a few changes for this week:

On Tuesdays we are now meeting at 5:00pm and on the water for 5:30pm. Indoor training will now start at 6:30pm. You do not need to have paddled to take part in the indoor training, so please pop along and join in! You can see some photos below of the fun to be had! Cost is £1 to cover electricity etc.

On Thursdays there will be indoor training only (no paddle). This will also start at 6:30pm in the boathouse, and again will cost £1.

If you are paddling on Tuesday please be aware that it will be dark, and possibly cold. so dress accordingly and bring a head torch if you have one. The coaches will have lights. The paddle is only open to those who are capable of paddling the distance (which may be round the Island). It is at the coaches discretion if you can paddle with us or not.

Please note that the number of craft allowed is strictly limited and depends on how many coaches are in attendance . Priority will be given to those who have let Neil know they are coming, and then on a first-come-first-served basis. Please text Neil on 07719 582958 to guarantee you place!

There are no restrictions on numbers for the indoor training.

I would have joined in but I had to take the photos!
I’m not sure why Keelie is praying!

Oct 23
In this newsletter….

Club Clothing

If you have recently ordered club clothing, it is now available for collection from Vicky. We also have pre-ordered some beanie hats (see below), and NEW!, some caps. Again, see Vicky if you want to buy one. Don’t forget you can still order hoodies, fleeces, tee shirts and shorts, all with the club logo embroidered, and printed text of your choice.

Lost Property

Shown below are items still in the male and female changing rooms. If they are yours, please contact a committee member. Our boathouse is damp and as can be seen, there is already undesirable growth on the rucksack!

We also have a box of older lost property (not photographed here). If you think you are missing something, please let a committee member know and you can have a rummage in the box!

Tuesday Night Paddle and Training

Don’t forget we are starting winter paddling and training on Tuesday evenings, starting this Tuesday the 25th. Paddling is ON THE WATER at 5:00pm. Spaces are strictly limited as we must have the correct coach to paddler ratio. If you want to paddle, please contact Neil Marley on 07719 582958. Also please remember you must be able to paddle around the Brigg Island in an hour, and you must wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions.

Indoor training starts at 6:00pm and is going to be a mixture of floor exercises and the ergos. Cost for this is £1 to cover electricity, and hopefully some heating!

New Fundraising Officer

We are pleased to welcome Zandra Holden onto the Management committee as our new Fundraising Officer. You can download the full list of Management Committee members by clicking here, or by visiting the contacts page of our website by clickinghere. You an contact Zandra on fundraising@gscc-online.com

River Development Project

Zandra attended her first meeting of the River Development Project sub-committee recently. This was our 6th meeting as we continue to put into place the River Development Plan that was passed at our last AGM. Progress, as it always is with these large projects, is a little slow. We are currently waiting the outcome of a funding bid submitted to the Brigg Biomass Community Fund for a new floating jetty and disabled access. The outcome of this application will dictate the direction of the rest of our fundraising efforts.

The purpose of the project is to increase participation in the racing discipline (Slalom, marathon and sprint) and to have a permanent training pitch for canoe polo. The rest of the project therfore includes installing permanent wires over the river so we can put out slalom poles and polo goals easily. There wil lalso be floodlighting so we can train all year round. We also wish to repair both river banks adjacent to the Leisure Centre, and finally, we want to modernise our fleet of racing boats.

The total coat will likely be in six figures and while we have funding avenues still to investigate (British Canoeing, sport England, Lotto, the new Aldi store etc) any other areas of funding you may know of will be much appreciated. One possibility is to ask local companies to sponsor a racing boat. The cost of such a boat is typically £1300 each. For this, the sponsor will get their company name on both sides of the boat, which will be used in future competitions by our members. If you know of any companies who may be interested in sposoring a boat, please contact Zandra onfundraising@gscc-online.com

Yorkshire Region Slalom Training

The Yorkshire region of British Canoe has a host of slalom training events this winter. We will be supporting as many as we can and if you want to go to one, please contact our coaching officer Neil Marley on coaching@gscc-online.com or 07719 582958

For details of each event, visit the Yorkshire Winter Training webpage by clicking here

Briefly, the winter training calendar is;

06/11/2016 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Washburn Div2 plus
19/11/16 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Oughtibridge
Any div
20/11/02016 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Dry Training Day
Any div
27/11/16 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – HPP
Div 2 plus
11/12/16 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Sowerby Bridge
17/12/16 – 18/12/16 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Lee Valley (provisional)
Div 2 plus
28/12/16 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Wagon Lane
Any div
08/01/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – HPP
Div2 plus
22/01/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Sowerby Bridge
Any div
05/02/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Tees (provisional)
Div 2 plus
19/02/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Matlock
Any div
10/04/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – Grandtully
Div good div 3
05/08/17 – 12/08/17 – Yorkshire Slalom Training – European Trip 2017
Good div 3

Oct 10

Boat Cleaning Saturday 8th October

A big thanks to everyone who helped get the boats decks and paddles cleaned for the pool sessions and also who also did a bit of tidying around the boathouse. Some were there from 9:00am to 4:00pm, then a quick sandwich before coaching until 8:00pm!
Photos can be viewed by clicking here.

FSRT Saturday 8th October

Also on Saturday we ran a Foundation Safety and Rescue course for our future coaches! Well done to all who took part and we look forward to you passing your 2 star award soon so we can get you on your level 1 coaching course!! Photos from the FSRT can be viewed by clicking here.

Oct 9

Fancy Dress Update

First of all, has anyone accidentally picked up an extra head torch after last Thursday? I believe it has red lights. If so please email publicity@gscc-online.com so it can be returned to its owner (Tom shoulder). Thanks.

Second. it has been brought to my attention (thanks Mikey) that the link in my last email  to the Fancy Dress folder in our website Gallery doesn’t work. I think I have fixed it, so to see and download the photos from last Thursday in high resolution click here.

Tanfield Update

Checking back, I don’t think the Tanfield photos links works either, so to see the photos from a couple of weeks ago, click here for Album 1, and here for Album 2

Sorry for these technical issues, I’m still getting grips to the way Google has changed it’s photos albums.



Oct 7
Thursday night was our annual end of summer season fancy dress torch lit paddle, and what a great night! Well done to everyone who got dressed up! We had nearly 50 paddlers on the water and over 90 for the BBQ! This event gets bigger and bigger every year!

The prize winners are shown below, but judging is only a bit of fun and everyone did really well and looked great. We must thank the unknown gentleman who did the judging, he only came down to have a look at the club with a view to joining! Hope we haven’t put him off!

Thanks of course to mums & dads (and wives) for helping prepare all the fantastic costumes and boat decorations, and to the coaches who provided safety cover, and finally to the catering staff for the food and drinks.

You can see all my photos from the night by clicking here. Sorry there’s so many of my team! If you have any photos to add to the album, please message at publicity@gscc-online.com

Regards, The Mad Hatter.

Prize Winners:

Best Dressed Girl: Annabelle

Best Dressed Boy: Daniel Miller

Best Dressed Adult: Martin Heywood

With help from the Queen of Hearts Maddie Heeney and the Cheshire Cat Izzy Parker!

Best Boat & Paddler Combination: The Red Arrows:

Who are: Hannah Taylor, Lucy Cresswell, Holly Cresswell and Anya Gibson

All photos can also be viewed on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGSCC. If you visit our facebook page, don’t forget to “like it”, then you will get all the latest posts on your newsfeed. If you want me to tag you in photos, because our page is linked to my account, you’ll have to be my friend, so send me a friends requesthttps://www.facebook.com/martin.heywood1. From the links above, or our gallery, photos can be viewed full screen, and downloaded at  high resolution, typically 4898 × 3265

Oct 4
On Saturday 1st October we had an introduction to moving water day at Tanfield. Thanks to all our paddlers who participated and to the parents who brought them and no doubt got them ready! (and fed the coaches!)

Photos taken by Martin on the water can be viewed by clicking here
and photos taken by Sally and Donna from the bank can be viewed by clicking here

All photos can also be viewed on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGSCC. If you visit our facebook page, don’t forget to “like it”, then you will get all the latest posts on your newsfeed. If you want me to tag you in photos, because our page is linked to my account, you’ll have to be my friend, so send me a friends request (https://www.facebook.com/martin.heywood1)

Downloading Details

From the links above, or our gallery, photos can be viewed full screen, and downloaded at  high resolution, typically 4898 × 3265