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About Active Thames

Active Thames is a partnership programme in place to support the development of watersports on the tidal Thames and inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex. Find out more below.

Active Thames is a partnership programme in place to support the development of watersports on the tidal Thames and inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex.

The following organisations are working together to better serve the watersports community; Active Essex, Kent Sport, London Sport, British Canoeing, British Rowing, RYA, Canal & River Trust, Thames Path National Trail and PLA.

Shared objectives include increasing the watersports offer, supporting the growth and development of the workforce, and maximising the use of clubhouses and the Thames path.

Designed to support physical activity on the water in London, Kent and Essex, this website is for participants, activity providers, coaches and enthusiasts. It is brought to you by the Port of London Authority (PLA), the trust port that reinvests in the river and maintains safety of navigation along 95 miles of river; from Teddington to the North Sea.

The programme is led by Jenny Cooper, Sports Manager. Contact her at [email protected].

In 2016 the PLA launched the Thames Vision, the development framework for the tidal Thames. Sport is a key component of the Thames Vision and an early study estimated that around 19,000 people are active on the river each year, with the potential for clubs to increase their capacity by over 40%.

In 2021 London Sport conducted a survey targeted at anyone who enjoys or organises sport on the tideway or inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex. People were asked about their background, what they think about the potential for blue spaces, and what they consider to be barriers to getting active. As a result of the survey findings we have provided this website and the Active Thames newsletter, improving communication on best practice and advertising opportunities on the Tideway. Sign up here.

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The Active Thames and Boating on the Thames websites are run and administered by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and have been designed to provide support to members of the public who are interested in watersports and activities. Whilst we make reasonable efforts to ensure that information provided on our website is accurate and up to date, we make no representations or guarantees, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy of the content. Therefore, users should ensure that they make their own enquiries of the information provided including coaches, their qualifications (and whether the same are up to date) and contact details as listed on the Active Thames and Boating on the Thames websites. The information and links provided by Active Thames and Boating on the Thames are for convenience only. The directory of coaches and links provided on our website may lead to external sites and any information or statements on these sites are not sponsored or endorsed by the PLA. The PLA cannot be held liable for the availability (or lack thereof) of individuals listed on or content located within any external websites.