The Sharks is a community based canoe club operating in West London at Southall, NW10 (Harlesden/Park Royal, Harefield, and Osterley. We provide affordable fun sessions on the water for people of all ages. We enable people to take part in events and competitions. One of our paddlers who learnt with us went on to represent GB in the European Championships.
We work in schools, running after school clubs and core time sessions, we run sessions for groups and people with special needs. We are fully inclusive.
We supply all the kit at whatever level people participate, so cost is never a barrier. People can paddle for fun and recreation or they can compete at whatever level they wish from fun local competitions, regional competitions, many of our paddlers are racing at national level and yes, international level.
Our vision is to provide opportunities for everybody to come along and give it a try, to take up the sport, in a fun safe environment at the heart of their community. We provide all the kit and coaching as well as teaching. We have a number of coaches with international experience. Nothing but the best for our community!
We believe that everybody can participate at the level that suits them, no pressure, lots of fun, but those who want to become serious athletes deserve the support and we will give it, as we have proved.
We earn most of our income through commercial operations with other partners, we use this money to fund our core work in the community, pays for coaches, buys kit and keeps prices affordable. However, the Covid-19 lockdown, means that this year we will not earn the commercial revenue and means we will have a shortfall and we need to raise about £10,000 to see us through the to next Spring. We have plans in place to to operate once we are back to normal, but we are asking for your help to get us through this unforeseen crisis.