Street Paddler is a CATS Sports Diversionary scheme. It was run very successfully as a pilot scheme in Exeter and is now spreading across Devon and Cornwall. Street Paddler is proving very popular with our CATS Branhces!
Street Paddler is run in conjunction with the British Canoe Union (Canoe England) and works with local canoe and outdoor education centres.
How does it work?
- CATS Branches work with multi-agency professionals like youth services, police, schools and local councils to target the right groups of young people and refer them onto the CATS Sports Diversionary scheme.
- The young people are invited to attend a canoe taster session. This allows them to see if they like the sport and want to ‘commit’ to an 8 – 10 week scheme.
- The scheme is often run during peak anti-social behaviour hours and delivers the BCU Paddle Power programme which includes leadership skills, coaching, first aid and rescues.
- At the end of the CATS Sports Diversionary scheme the young people will have gained valuable life skills as well as achieved a nationally recognised award.
- The young people are sign posted back into the community as volunteers.
- some of the outcomes of a CATS Sports Diversionary scheme like Street Paddler include; improvements in behaviour, self esteem, self achievement and self confidence.
We ran Street Paddler in Exeter, and with help from police and youth services, targeted specific areas of young people. These case studies have come from the CATS Exeter Street Paddler Sports Diversionary scheme and are simply incredible.
Street Paddler in Callington/Saltash
You know when you have a good idea, when everyone is doing it!
Thanks to Callington/Saltash CATS, young people have had the opportunity to try Street Paddler and gain a valid coaching qualification from the experience.
Nicola Davey from Callington, took the group away which involved a bit of camping, a very brave thing for Nicola and she writes this fab report about the experience…
The CATS Street Paddler Sports Diversionary scheme has achieved the following status and we are very proud of it!
For more information about Street Paddler or any of the other CATS Sports Diversionary schemes, please contact CATS Head Office on 01288 488086 or via email@example.com