Welcome to CR CATS Canoe Club

We are a family club aimed at children aged 8+ and their families and welcome anyone who wants to come and try out Slalom Canoeing. The majority of the members come from the local areas of Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk but members from further afield are also welcome.

We offer Summer Taster sessions for families and children aged 8+ during July and August

We offer Winter Taster sessions in Bannockburn High School in January and February.

We run classes all year run at our club site at Alva.

New members

New members are always welcome to come along to our classes.  We run a summer program to introduce paddlers to canoeing and they can them join in regular classes thereafter.  You will be granted free membership of the club during your initial taster sessions.

Contact Us

Club e-mail addresses

Secretary             CRCATS.secretary@gmail.com

Treasurer             CRCATS.treasurer@gmail.com

ChairPerson         CRCATS.chair@gmail.com

Coaches               CRCATS.coaching@gmail.com  

Welfare                CRCATS.welfare@gmail.com  

Events                  CRCATS.Events@gmail.com   

Pinkston admin    CRCATS.pinkston@gmail.com

Social Media and Websites

We also have a facebook page CR Cats where we post information and results, which can be accessed here.

Further information about the sport, where and when events are and all the national rankings for paddlers racing in Canoe Slalom can be found at www.Canoeslalom.co.uk

To enter events on line, please use www.canoeslalomentries

Find Us

The club site is on the River Devon between Fishcross and Alva (Map OS Reference is NS894960).  If coming from Alva on the A91, turn right once you have left Alva (signposted Fishcross).  Our club site is on the left hand side with the entrance set back of the road before the slalom site. If coming from Kincardine Bridge, follow signs for Sterling Mills on the A908 but turn left at Fishcross onto the B9140 and then first right signposted for the Equestrian Centre.  If using SATNAV, use postcode FK10 3AW (This is on the other side of the river but within sight of the slalom site). It is also on Google Maps.

Site Facilities

The site was purchased from the Scouts may years ago with the help of National Lottery funding.  Since then, we have built up the site putting in floodlights for winter training and containers for changing rooms.   We were the first winter training site in Scotland.

We have a shelter at the river bank and access points at the top and bottom of the course.

There are gravel car parks either side of the club containers.   Please do not drive on the grass.

There are basic changing rooms with heating, a water supply and also toilet facilities.

We have floodlights to enable training to take place during the evenings.

We have an office where events can be run and teas and coffees can be made.

About Us

Charity Status 

CR Cats are now registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation from 17 April 2019.
You can find us on the Scottish Charity regulator, OSCR
Our charity number is SCIO SC049230


Club History

In 1978, Johnny Brown (who was the a teacher in the Wallace High School Maths Dept) had just finished his rugby career and was interested in the Wallace High School weekly outings paddling. He joined the Wallace High School Canoe club run by Drew Michie (a PE teacher), then gained his Senior Instructor qualification at one of the SCA courses which Drew Michie ran twice a year in Central.

The Canoe Club at Wallace High school had been running since Drew Michie arrived in 1974.  Drew ran expeditions abroad in 1975, 1976 and 1977 to France and competed in the international Slalom competition in Sort in Spain.  The school had a large canoe squad and in the 1977 Scottish Youth Slalom, Wallace High School won several medals. The Scottish Youth Squad had 9 out of 12 places taken by Wallace Pupils.

In 1979, Drew Michie was appointed Central Region Sports Development Officer from a  teaching post in Wallace High School.      Johnny Brown inherited the Wallace club in 1979 and ran the club until he left in 1984.  John Brown continued to run the Wallace High school expeditions abroad with trips to paddle in France in 1981-1984 and took this new group of paddlers to many of the Scottish Slaloms.

In 1980 Sports Scotland introduced a Sub National Grant Scheme to develop sub national squads in a range of sports.  In Drew Michie’s new role, he was interested in developing canoeing further and set up Central Region Canoe Advanced Training Centre (nicknamed CR Cats). It was based at the University and a flat water slalom course erected at the far end of the Loch on campus. Alan Eastwood was the first coach.

Johnny Brown started using the River Devon Slalom site whilst at Wallace High School and when he left Wallace High School in 1984, he became involved in running CR CATS.

He continued taking trips to France and Europe over the next 30 years for paddlers from CR CATS and all over Scotland.


Sport Scotland Support

In 2015, the club was very fortunate to receive a grant from SportScotland through the Direct Club Investment scheme to enable the club to employ Janet Peck as a part time coach.  Janet Peck joined us in June 2015 and in the 3 years she has been here along with our existing coaches Neil Caffrey, Davy Dickson and Paul Kelly, we have been able to offer many more canoeing opportunities at all levels.  We have a thriving group of young paddlers.

In 2018, we welcomed Piotr as a new coach working with the club.

Club Site

Around 1982 the old Devon Colliery site new Alva was on the market and owned by Central Regional Council. Drew and other Council Officers were asked about which parts might be retained for Council use. At that stage a group of Fife paddlers had set up an informal slalom training location around the bridge there. This site was identified by Central Region for further development (called the River Devon Canoe Site) and work for it was investigated.

In the mid 1990s, with the help of Isaac Walsh, the local scouts, Central Regional Council and National Lottery funding, planning permission was granted to install paths and floodlights on the site making this the first all year round facility in Scotland.     The local Scouts then sold the site to the club enabling the club to install boat containers and changing rooms on the site.

The river has some moving water and is a safe environment for learning basic white water skills.

In 2019, there will be 3 Division 3/4 slaloms run at Alva.

Canoe Slalom

Our club specialises in the Olympic Sport of Canoe Slalom. As well as teaching children all the basic white water skills, we will also teach them slalom skills and they will have the opportunity to race in slalom competitions.

The club holds a couple of competitions at Alva each year in June and September.





Code of Conduct; for the Club, for the Paddler, for the Coach

Please read our Privacy Policy and Complaints and Comments

Child Protection Policy available on request – CRCATS.welfare@gmail.com



Registers, Fees and Training Groups

RegistersPlease complete the register for each CR CATS class held.  If you are not sure whether a register has been done, please do one anyway.  2 registers are better than none!

Fees : Fees for 2020 can be viewed here. Regular paddlers are paying their annual fees spread over 10 months from February to November.    You can track your fees to date to see if the monthly amount is in credit or debit.

Training Groups

Paddlers will be promoted as they reach the next level.

Squad : Competing in Premier or Division 1 in 2020

Catie, Claire, Ellen, Leah, Rebecca, Olivia

Cameron, Jack, James , Jonny H, Matthew, Murray, Ross F, Ryan, Vito

Junior 2 : Competing in Division 2 in 2020

Aimee, Hannah

Alex, Arthur, Logan, Robert, Ross C

Junior 1 : Competing in Division 3 in 2020

Adeline, Emma, Esme,  Francesca, Sophie, Florence

Aidan, Alistair McD, Alistair T, Archie, Callum McD, Gregor J,  Mattie, Ruaridh

Paddlepower+      Competing in Division 4 in 2020

Bethany, Eleanor,  Mia, Zooey

Bruce, Jack, Findlay, Marcus, Nevis, Sam

Paddle power : Entry level classes

All paddlers who have just started are in the paddle power group.



Slalom Kit

Club Kit

The club have CR CATS hoodies, T-shirts, soft shell jackets, bags and water bottles.

These can be ordered here – CR Cats Kit Order 2018



Hiko Kit

Our club members, Davy and Teresa Dickson have a Canoeing shop selling Hiko Slalom kit.  They are based in Linlithgow but are happy to bring kit to training and events for paddlers to try sizes.  They offer a discount for club paddlers.




The club have various boats that paddlers are welcome to use – these include all the kayaks for new paddlers as well as C1 and C2 boats that all paddlers can use.

The club also have some  JEM Racing Vortex and Spitfire boats that can be leased.

Boat Weight Letter
Vortex 45 kg A
Spitfire 45 kg B
Spitfire 45 kg C
Vortex 50 kg D
Spitfire 50 kg E
Vortex 50 kg F
Vortex 55 kg G
Spitfire 55 kg H




For Sale – New Kit 

If any club members have any kit for sale, we are happy to post it here.

Red Yak Torkel Helmet – Red – small                  £22


Peak Neoprene Pants – size xsmall                    £26


Peak neoprene strides – xsmall                           £25


Peak Neoprene shorts – xsmall                           £21


Sandiline Neoprene Shoes – EU 39 (UK 6)        £16

Hiko Shoes – Size 4                                              £16



Yellow 40L kit bag – £8 NEW


For Sale – Used Kit 

Peak Shoes VGC – Size 5 – £8

Peak shorts – large  – £10

Lomo shorts – large – £10

Diamond Blue shorts – large – £5

Peak pants – small – £10

K1 Sandiline deck – as new – £30

K1 Peak Scottish speedskin cagdeck – size small – excellent condition –  £40

C1 Sandiline Grey deck – £20



C1 Peak Deck – as new – £25

C1 Peak Shorty Cag , size Medium, Deck in very good condition £25

Sandiline BA –  1 medium – £15


medium K1 blue Peak cagdeck – good condition £35


Medium Peak GB C1 and K1 cagdeck – both well used £10

Our coaches and Club Member Successes


The club are very fortunate to have some exceedingly good and committed coaches. Our regular coaches are :

Johnny Brown, Davy Dickson, Janet Peck, Paul Kelly, Wojciech Sekula, Jock Young, Morna Campbell, Michael Brown and Andy Douglas.

Coach – Johnny Brown

Here is our club founder and Johnny Brown coaching with the British Team at Krakow in 2015, being presented with the British Canoeing, Ed Ecclestone Award for 2015 and resting between paddlers whilst coaching at Lee Valley.

The Ed Ecclestone award is presented each year to a volunteer who is, without fuss, quietly getting on with their role in slalom and putting a lot into the sport. Well Done Johnny your efforts have shown through the many successful athletes you have created.


Johnny ed eccleston award

Coach – Janet Peck

Our club coach, Janet Peck winning coaching awards at the 2018 and 2019 Clackmannanshire Sports Awards.

Coach – Paul Kelly

Paul has been coaching with Strathallan and CR CATS since his children started paddling over 10 years ago.  He hadn’t coached slalom until then but got involved, worked with the existing coaches and his support has been invaluable over the years.

Coach – Wojciech Sekula

Wojciech started coaching with CR CATS when he returned to Scotland in July 2019.  He is proving to be very popular with our paddlers.  He is coaching at Alva on Tuesday nights and Pinkston on Thursday nights.


Coach – Neil Caffrey

Neil has coached CR CATS paddlers for 9 years now.  Here he is in his racing days and with his daughter Iona.


Club member Successes


We are very proud of the hard work and success of all of our paddlers and our club.

Many of our paddlers have won Scottish titles, British Titles and represented GB at Junior, Under 23 and Senior Championships as well as the Olympics.

Our GB athlete – Fiona Pennie

Fiona started paddling with her mum at a few months old and was in her own boat aged 5.  She took at 1 star course at Stirling university when she was 9 and a slalom taster session at Alva later that year.  She won 1st J15 and still has the trophy amongst her many notable trophies in her cabinet.    She excelled at many sports but decided Slalom Canoeing was for her. Fiona won the Gold medal at the 2013 European Champs and Silver medal at the 2014 World Champs. She has represented GB at 2 Olympics and is still racing at GB level at 37.    She trains full time in Lee Valley, home of GB Canoeing.

The right hand photo is from Fiona competing at the 2016 Olympics where she finished 6th.

Our GB athlete – Sophie Ogilvie

Sophie started canoeing aged 10 as part of a “come and try it” at Denny High School. She showed huge commitment and potential from the start.  Here is Sophie Ogilvie aged 19 racing at 2018 Lee Valley selection, aged 11 with a Scottish Schools prize and with Rebecca Ogilvie after Lee Valley race in 2018 .  Sophie moved to Lee Valley in 2017 to train full time.

Sophie represented GB for 3 years as a Junior and last year as an Under 23 and Senior.  Sophie won a Gold medal at the European Senior Champs in 2019.

Our GB athlete – Jonny Dickson

Jonny Dickson started canoeing aged 6.  He has raced for GB as an Under 23 K1M at the European champs in 2017 and 2018.  He has now moved to Lee Valley to train full time.

Jonny finished 7th at the 2019 European Junior Champs and 4th at the 2019 World Junior Champs.

Jonny’s dad, Davy has written the following

Thanks to everyone for the support they have shown for Jonny’s first Premier race win at the weekend – it’s much appreciated ! I wanted to try and share some knowledge that we have gained on Jonny’s journey in canoe slalom so far. Hopefully this will help our younger paddlers and parents along the way on their journey’s.

While winning a Premier race as a junior may seem an incredible achievement – it is important to remember that Jonny did his first slalom race at our club site Alva 11 years ago when he was only 7 years old. It has been a very challenging and turbulent journey so far and he is still just really at the start of his racing career.

Canoe slalom is an incredibly challenging sport – physically, technically and mentally. Perhaps the biggest challenge young paddlers face is overcoming the fear of the white water – whether it’s the horse shoe fall at Fairnilee, Pinkston on 3 pumps, the top fall at Tully or the muncher and plug at HPP – everyone who takes on the challenge of the sport , at some stage has been terrified of these features and has had to step out their comfort zone and rise to these challenges. Eventually they master them and end up wondering what all the fuss was about. Some may learn quicker than others but if you stick at it – you will get there.

Success and learning is not a linear process, the journey is turbulent and full of highs and lows. It’s incredibly difficult for young athletes but also for their parents who just want their kids to be happy and achieve their goals. Be patient – the sport is incredibly technical and there is an awful lot to learn. Youngsters grow physically and mentally at different rates – don’t compare yourself and journey to others because they may be at a different development stage than you – even if they are the same age.

The most important thing is to enjoy the sport of canoe slalom and give yourself time to learn and develop in the sport – not everyone will go on to win the Olympic games but you will definitely have fun and grow as a person for the experiences and learning you have gained on your journey in this incredible sport.

feeling proud.”


Our GB athlete – Bradley Forbes Cryans

Bradley started paddling aged 10.  He raced for GB as a Junior and in 2018 won Silver medal at the World Under 23 Canoe Slalom Champs in Ivrea, Italy.  He will be representing GB at the Tokyo Olympics.

Our Olympic Paddlers       

Name Class Year Event
Craig Brown C2 1996 13th Atlanta Olympics
Campbell Walsh K1M 2004 Silver, Athens Olympics
Fiona Pennie K1W 2000






Bronze, Bratislava Junior Worlds

17th Bejing Olympics

Gold European Senior Champs

Silver World Senior Champs

7th Rio Olympics

Bronze European Senior Worlds

Bradley Forbes-Cryans K1M 2013










Liptosky, Junior World Champs

Bourg St Maurice, Under 23 European Champs

Senior Worlds and Europeans

Lee Valley -Senior Worlds Bronze Team medal

Senior Worlds and Europeans

Senior Worlds and Europeans

Brazil – Senior Worlds Gold Team medal

Ivrea – U23 Worlds Silver medal

Seu D’Urgell – 4th in Senior World Champs

Will compete in Tokyo Olympics



Our World and European Championship paddlers


Name Class Year Event
Sophie Ogilvie C1W 2014






Skopje, Junior European Champs

Krakow, Junior European Champs

Solkan, Junior European Champs

Hohenlimburg,  Under 23 European Champs

Under 23 World and European Champs

Senior European Champs Gold Team medal

Rebecca Ogilvie K1W 2015


Krakow, Junior European Champs

Brazil, Junior World Champs

Isla Kelly C1W 2014



Skopje, Junior European Champs

Krakow, Junior European Champs

Solkan, Junior European Champs

Andrew Houston C1M






Atlanta, Junior Worlds

Solkan, Junior Europeans

Skopje, Under 23 European Champs

Krakow, Under 23 European Champs

Michael Brown C1M








Atlanta, Junior Worlds

Solkan, Junior Europeans

Bourg St Maurice, Under 23 European Champs

Liptosky, Under 23 World Champs

Skopje, Under 23 European Champs

Krakow, Under 23 European Champs

Rachel Houston C1W 2014




Penrith, Junior World Champs

Skopje, Junior European Champs

Krakow, Under 23 European Champs

Hohenlimburg,  Under 23 European Champs

Aiden Water C2 2016 Krakow, Poland, Junior European Champs
Aidan McAleenan C2 2016 Krakow, Poland, Junior European Champs
Jonny Dickson K1M 2017




Hohenlimburg,  Under 23 European Champs

Bratislava, Under 23 European Champs

Liptovsky – 7th European Junior Champs

Krakow – 4th World Junior Champs and Gold Team medal



Summer Holiday 2020 Taster Camps

Welcome to CR CATS Summer 2020 Holiday Camps.  These are running from Monday 13th July to the end of the school holidays.

If you would like to book a space please complete this form.  You can also e-mail CRCATS.Summer2020@gmail.com if you want to find out more information.


These camps are for primary 4-7 paddlers and S1-S3 paddlers who are interested in trying out a new sport and having fun.  Some parents may also be able to join in if they wish.

No previous canoeing experience is necessary

During the camp, you will have fun on the river and learn a variety of canoeing skills.

With our qualified coach, you will work your way through the Paddlepower Passport Award Levels 1 to 4 and get a certificate showing your progress at the end of the camp.

All equipment is provided.

There will also be classes running in the autumn if you wish to continue paddling.


The sessions are at the club site on the River Devon between Fishcross and Alva (postcode for Sat Nav FK10 3AW).The site has basic changing rooms and ample parking. The river offers a safe environment for learning basic white water skills.


Camps and Classes Overview

We run taster classes to introduce paddlers to canoeing and we also offer a holiday program of taster camps in the Summer holidays for all children aged 8+ who would like to try out canoeing.   No canoeing experience is required to join the club.

All equipment is provided i.e. boats (kayaks and Canadian canoes), paddles, helmets, buoyancy aids and spraydecks. As the children progress and decide that they want to compete regularly, they are expected to start buying their own equipment. However, there will always be club equipment that can be borrowed when required.

For paddlers in Division 2 and above, there will be paddling opportunities during the holidays and at weekends at Grandtully, Pinkston and other UK training sites through Central Squads – click here to see Central Squads page for more information.



Here are the classes and camps being offered by the club.

The timetable for classes can be viewed on the calendar – click here 

The current schedule for 2020 showing CR CATS and Central Squad paddling opportunities can be viewed in excel here –  2020 Coaching program

2. Alva classes

We run weekly classes at the club site at Alva on Tuesday and Saturday all year round.  During the winter, classes are  dependent on the weather..  These classes are suitable for all levels and cater for paddlers new to the club up to those in the squad.

Tuesday class 5:15 – 6:30 for Paddlepower, J1 and J2 and Squad paddlers
Tuesday class 6:30 – 7:45 for Squad and J2 paddlers

Saturday classes 10:00 – 11:30 and 2:00 – 3:30 Technical sessions with Janet for any Paddlepower, J1 and Adults.

Please click here and complete the doodle poll to attend any Tuesday or Saturday Alva classes in March and April

You can see the Alva river levels here.  You can train at Alva if the water level is below 1.9 metres.

3. Pinkston Classes

We offer weekly classes at Pinkston Watersports Centre on Thursday.  These classes are suitable for those in the Squad  and those who are Junior 2+.   There will be opportunities in the summer for Paddlepower and Junior 1 paddlers to paddle at Pinkston on 1 and 2 pumps.

Click here for more information.

4. Family Trips

There will be Park and Play trip to the River Tay at Stanley during the summer term on Sunday 10th May and Sunday 31st May.  If the River Teith outside Callendar is at a suitable water level, the trips may change to be a River Trip to the Teith instead.

Janet will take the trailer with boats and paddles for all those families who cannot transport boats yet.

These trips are primarily aimed at Paddlepower and Junior 1 paddlers but all paddlers are welcome and we would be delighted if paddling parents also take part. 

4. Easter 2020 Paddling

There are various paddling opportunities scheduled for the Easter holidays – Spey River Trip and Aberfeldy camp for Paddlepower, Junior 1 and Adults plus Holme Pierrepont and Grandtully camp for Junior 2 and Squad paddlers.

Click here for more information.

5. Summer 2020 Camps 

There is a summer taster program for any children from the local schools who would like to try out canoeing.  Click here for  separate Summer Holiday 2020 taster program page for more information.

There are various paddling opportunities scheduled for the Summer Holidays –  trips to France as well as classes at Alva, a Pinkston Camp and a Grandtully camp for all levels.

Click here for more information.


Central Squads

CR CATS paddlers in Division 2 and above are eligible to join Central Squads.

Some of our Division 3 paddlers will get the opportunity to take part in some of the development squad days at Alva as ‘invites’.

Central Squads operates above whatever the club organises and enables our better paddlers to attend training camps at Pinkston, Tully, Holme Pierrepont and Lee Valley along with paddlers from other Scottish Clubs.

It is run by Jane Gibson from Strathallan CC and welcomes paddlers from CR CATS, Breadalbane, ESKC, Aberdeen, Pinkston Panthers and Forth CC.

The website is http://www.centralsquads.co.uk

Doodle Polls

Please complete the doodle polls for the training days and camps you would like to attend.

These are used as a basis to organise coach resource.  Please can you keep these up to date with your plans and if you need to update your attendance because you can now attend or can no longer attend, please update the doodle poll and add a comment.

Numbers for camps will be finalised 4 weeks before any camp.  Withdrawal after this may be charged as these camps need to cover the coaching costs.

Central Squads Program 2020

The current Squad program with the CR CATS program and Summer 2020 camps added can be viewed here – 2020 Coaching program

The training plans for March to June will be determined in January 2020.

HPP water levels can be viewed here – the centre close the course at 2.2m

Central Squads contacts






Please complete the register for each Central Squads session held.  If you are not sure whether a register has been done, please do one anyway.  2 registers are better than none!



You can see different views of the calendar using the options on the top right hand side of the calendar.

If you have a gmail account, click the ‘gmail’ link , otherwise click the ‘web’ link.

Central Squad calendar  :  gmail link  or weblink
HPP GB Slots                      :  GBlink


Holme Pierrepont – Access to the GB Exclusive Slot 

GB have kindly allowed paddlers in Premier and Div 1 to access the exclusive slot at HPP (i.e. the one between 08:00 and 10:00).


The paddlers (or parents if paddler under 18) MUST complete this form a few days before the first time they wish to paddle on the GB exclusive slot so they can be added to the approved list by British Canoeing.


Part of this paperwork says – I have received a HPPWWC Site Specific Induction and am aware of the Generic Canoe Sport and HPP Slalom Course risk assessment.  The lead coach will ensure that the paddlers are aware of the risk assessment once they are at HPP.


All participants must manually sign in and out for the Exclusive Pre 10am slot at the Green Cabin, if any person does not complete the sign in or out sheet the NWSC will reserve the right to remove you off the water.


Please note any mitigating actions displayed on the board in the Green Cabin.

Pinkston Training

Pinkston Classes

Please indicate which Pinkston Thursday sessions you plan to attend using the doodle polls at the bottom of this page.

To join in with the CR CATS Pinkston sessions on a regular basis, you need to be a full or associate member of CR CATS.


The session cost per paddler is Water £6 and coaching £2.  These sessions are run to break even for the water fees.  We, therefore, need about 12 people to cover the pump costs for an hour and about 18 people to cover the pump cost for 1.5 hours.


The Session Times are

  • Standard :  18:30 – 20:00
  • Reduced     19:00 – 20:00
  • Extended    18:00 – 19:00 and 19:00 – 20:00

The latest session times will be shown in the blurb at the top of each doodle poll.  We will try to send out an e-mail if the time changes.

Doodle polls

Withdrawals and charges

Please can you let us know by adding a comment to the doodle poll or e-mailing CRCATS.pinkston@gmail.com if you find yourselves unable to attend due to illness/other commitments.

Notice                                                      Charge

more than 7 days notice or ill               no charge
between 2 and 7 days notice                may be charged
less than 2 days notice or no-show   always charged


Priority and Waiting List

To ensure the quality of the training session, if classes are oversubscribed (more than 13 for 1 hour and more than 18 for 1.5 hours), a waiting list will apply.   All paddlers will be notified if we have a waiting list so that if spaces are cancelled, those on the waiting list can get a space.

Group                                              Priority

Regular CR CATS paddlers           1
Adhoc CR CATS paddlers             2
Regular other paddlers                 3
Ad hoc other paddlers                  4

Summer 2020 Paddling

There are various camps being organised through Central Squads.  Camps 1,2,5 and 6 are open to all club members.

Please complete the Summer trip 2020 doodle poll  for any camps you would like to attend.  

Camp 1 : St Pierre de Boeuf  – Monday 29 June to Saturday a.m. 4 July

Aimed at Div 2/3 paddlers although Div 1 and Prem paddlers are welcome in a coaching and paddling capacity.

Camp 2 : Sault Brenaz/Yenne  – Sunday 5 July to Friday 10 July

Aimed at Div 2/3 paddlers although Div 1 and Prem paddlers are welcome in a coaching and paddling capacity.

Camp 3 : Krakow ECA Cup – Saturday 11 July to Sunday 19 July

Aimed at Division 1 and Prem paddlers and is a great opportunity to compete at a ECA Junior Cup race.

Camp 4 : Bratislava ECA Cup – Monday 20  July to Sunday 26 July

Aimed at Division 1 and Prem paddlers and is a great opportunity to compete at a ECA Junior Cup race.

Camp 5 : Pinkston Camp – Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August

Aimed at all paddlers as we will run 1, 2 and 3 pumps

Camp 6 : Grandtully Camp – Tuesday 11 August to Thursday 13 August

Aimed at all paddlers as will have groups for all levels



Easter 2020 Paddling

Easter 2020 Paddling


Janet will be leading a River Trip on the River Spey near Aviemore on Sunday 4 April.  This is a fantastic river Trip for all our paddlers – it starts of fairly easy to build confidence and gets a bit faster as the river progresses.

Please sign up on the doodle poll

The cost will be £10 per paddler.


We will be running a camp at Aberfeldy during the  second week of the Easter holidays.

This camp is suitable for all paddlers who have done a few outdoor sessions.    There will be different groups for the different levels.  The camp will cost £25 for the 2 days.

Camp – Wednesday 15th April and Thursday 16th April

Slalom – Friday 17th April –  Div 3/4 Slalom

On the Wednesday, all paddlers will paddle at the Aberfeldy site in the morning and afternoon.  On the Thursday, all the paddlers will paddle at Aberfeldy in the morning and then a River Trip in the afternoon.

Boat transport will be provided via Janet’s trailer.

There is accommodation close by at Moness Resort – http://www.moness.com.  They have an offer on in the January sale where you can stay in a 1 bedroom cottage which sleeps 4 people for 2 nights for £99 (this is for the Wednesday and Thursday night) using code JANSALE.

Please sign up on the doodle poll


HPP CAMP (via Central Squads)

There will be a camp at HPP on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April for all paddlers in Division 2 and above.

Please sign up on the doodle poll

GRANDTULLY CAMP 1 (via Central Squads)

There will be a camp at Grandtully on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April before the Grandtully Prem race.  This camp is open to all paddlers in Division 2 and above.

Please sign up on the doodle poll

GRANDTULLY CAMP 2 (via Central Squads)

There will be a camp at Grandtully on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th April and Friday 17th April before the Grandtully Division 1 race.  This camp is open to all paddlers in Division 2 and above.

Please sign up on the doodle poll

Alva 2020 Races

Alva Slalom  – Division 3/4

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2020

Saturday 12thSeptember 2020

On behalf of CR Cats, I would like to welcome everyone to our slalom site on the River Devon, Alva for this year’s Division 3/4  Races. I hope you all have a very enjoyable day, especially those competing for the first time.

If you have any queries, please e-mail CRCATS.EVENTS@gmail.com

The PDF for this year will be updated for 2020 but here is all the 2019 information – Alva Slalom – September 2019

Slalom site 

The slalom site is on the River Devon between Fishcross and Alva (Map OS Reference is NS894960).  If coming from Alva on the A91, turn right once you have left Alva (signposted Fishcross). The slalom site is on the left hand side with the entrance set back of the road before the slalom site. If coming from Kincardine Bridge, follow signs for Sterling Mills on the A908 but turn left at Fishcross onto the B9140 and then first right signposted for the Equestrian Centre.  If using SATNAV, use postcode FK10 3AW (This is on the other side of the river but within sight of the slalom site). It is also now on Google Maps!!


There is camping in the field (£2.50 per person per night). For those not camping, parking is £1 to help cover the costs of the toilets. There is a water supply and there will be toilet facilities.

Please park cars on perimeter of field and leave space in the middle for the kids to play.   

There will be a cafe serving food, drinks and cakes from 10am onwards. First Aid available during competition times.


Friday         : The course will be set by Friday early evening.

Saturday    : Free Practice in Morning. First Runs noon(No official practice runs).


PLEASE enter online – you can do this even if it’s your first ever slalom.

You can enter online at www.CanoeSlalomEntries.co.uk 

If you are entering a race for the first time, here are some handy instructions for how to enter – Guide to entering your first race

If you need any help entering online or have any questions, please just email: CRCATS.Events@gmail.com and we’ll help you out.

Entries will be accepted on the day until 10:30am, but it would be much easier for our stress if paddlers entered on line.  If you enter and then find you can’t come, we will refund your entry.


Div 3 and 4: 1st,2nd, 3rdand junior prizes

On the day

For Div 4 Paddlers: Come to the entry desk (it will open at 9:30am). If you have entered online, please tell us your SCA number, or completed day membership for the SCA (£5). We will then give you your bib. We will also be accepting on the day entries for Div 4 at this desk.

For Div 3 Paddlers: If you have entered online and paid for everything and have your bib. Have fun, you don’t need to come to control!


Please can I remind you that competitors who finish their run must stay on the water to act as safety for the next two Competitors.