We want great competitions for people right across the sport to enjoy both as competitors and spectators, which means offering a range of varied formats levels which people can enter whatever their level of competency, ability or experience.
We want a progressive, engaging & enabling competition framework & national calendar that allows structured flexibility, in order to maximise competition & racing opportunities for all, and sustainable competitions across the country.
We want to provide the necessary tools to make these competitions easy for organisers to manage and competitors to enter.
The National Competition Framework will continue to evolve and grow in response to the changing requirements of clubs and individuals. The rolling competition calendar will show flexibility so that organisers and competitors suffer less from events outside their control.
By taking a holistic look at our framework we will encourage and support existing competitions to develop as they wish, whilst encouraging new competitions that support the demand at all levels of experience. This includes actively looking at new emerging competition formats, and at events on and off the water, recognising both current and emerging needs. We will learn from other sports and share best practice with our organisers to ensure cost effective delivery and the best possible experiences, including (for example) new scheduling ideas, formats and styles of racing to support different market sectors and competitor pathways. Rankings systems will be continually looked at to ensure everyone can find their level.
We will continue to streamline all processes around competitions, such as how to become an Affiliated Competition, and only ask for information that we need. We will encourage and work with competition organisers, existing and new, to work together to make sure that all competitions meet their goals and be both environmentally and financially sustainable.
We understand that everyone is different: we have both traditionalists and modernists within the sport, and we can accommodate both. We want to remove any barriers that might put people off getting involved, while at the same time allowing people who enjoy what they have to keep doing so.
In short, we want to offer something for everyone: to be everyone’s sport. Flexibility in our competition framework, and a desire and stated aim to facilitate for event organisers, means that competitions play their part in helping grow the sport, at the same time as satisfying people who have enjoyed what they do for years.