CR Cats Canoe Club was formed over 30 years ago, in 1985, by Johnny Brown. Johnny, the head coach for many years, had worked as a maths teacher at Wallace High School and had run the school Canoe Club in the early 80s.
In 2015, the club was been 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.
In 2018, we welcomed Piotr as a new coach working with the club.
CR Cats owns the Club Site based on the River Devon between Fishcross and Alva and use it for training all year round. The site has basic changing rooms, boat storage and ample parking. The river has some moving water and is a safe environment for learning basic white water skills. There are flood lights to enable training to continue in the winter months.
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.
The club run classes at the club site after school and at weekends as well as during the school holidays. We also run training at Pinskton White Water Centre in Glasgow on Thursday nights and some weekends.
There are camps at Aberfeldy at Easter and Grandtully over the summer as well as Nottingham and Lee Valley for the squad paddlers.
The club is aimed at children aged 8+ and their families. The majority of the members come from the local areas of Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk but members from further afield are also welcome.
Membership fees for 2018 for juniors and students are about £20 per year with a family membership costing £35. There are also coaching fees of £5 per hour.
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.