Canoeists studying at the University of Nottingham benefit from generous scholarship packages and tailored individual support to help you balance your studies with the demands of elite training.

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Performance Canoe

Why Nottingham?

The university is located within easy reach of the National Water Sports Centre and a close partnership allows our students extensive access to the white water and flat courses located within the park. Student athletes can also take advantage of the state-of-the-art training facilities at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village, including a 200-station fitness suite, High Performance Zone and Sports Injury Clinic.

Student athletes join a rich heritage of success on the water; our alumni have won multiple medals across the last four Olympic Games, including a silver for David Florence at the Rio 2016 Olympics and gold at London 2012 for Tim Brabants MBE, Etienne Stott MBE and Campbell Walsh MBE.

Canoe Slalom at University of Nottingham Sport

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Canoe Programme


Train at the National Watersports Centre

25m eight-lane pool at the £40million David Ross Sports Village


High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Nutrition and Sports Psychology support
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Performance Coaching

Alan Edge

We are please to have appointed Alan Edge as UoN Canoe Slalom Performance Coach from September 2023. Alan was the first full-time National Slalom Coach appointed by the British Canoe Union in 1985 and worked as National Olympic Coach and National Development Coach through until 2007, having been a GB senior team athlete, the Head Coach for GB Teams, supporting multiple World and European Championship titles and the team coach for GB Canoe Slalom’s first ever Olympic medallists in Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000. Following which he left to take up the role of Performance Director with The British Wheelchair Basketball Federation. He then worked with several Olympic and Paralympic Sports up to 2021 when he retired from his role as Performance Director with British Gymnastics during Covid. Alan was also a World Championship Team Gold medallist as an athlete.

Alan will hold this role alongside a further part-time role as Coach Developer with the British Canoeing Talent Programme.