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Clubs & Coaching

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PLA Sports Manager Jenny Cooper talks to an athlete

Welcome, coaches and clubs​

This page is dedicated to help make coaching easier. You can access free resources and advice, add your coaching profile via the database, and promote activities through the Activity Finder.

Active Thames Webinar

Paddlesports with a visual impairment

Catch up now: Hear from blind and visually impaired paddlers and their coaches who took to the water this summer with the help of Active Thames funding. Tower Hamlets Canoe Club hope their project and this webinar inspires other clubs to consider how they can become more inclusive.

The Active Thames 2021 survey asked coaches “What do you consider to be the biggest barriers to being an effective coach?” A lack of additional coaches was listed as the most common barrier.

Following the pandemic, some people left casual coaching positions in favour of more secure employment. We have provided this database to strengthen the coaching sector and make it more simple for activity providers to access support.

Read the survey.

We’re working to connect watersports coaches with more opportunities to work with athletes in London, Kent and Essex!

In just a few minutes you can list your areas of expertise and allow Active Thames site users to find and contact you about training options.

Get started!

Free support for coaches and clubs

Did you know that there are several organisations providing FREE support to coaches and clubs? Here’s our pick of some of the best:

Enabling organisations to support more disabled people to be active with programmes and resources. Find out more

British Canoeing is the national governing body for paddlesports in the UK. Find out more

The governing body for the sport of rowing (both indoor rowing and rowing on water). Find out more

CIMSPA offers a free hub of on-demand training and benefits to provide support for those in sports and physical activity. Find out more.

Providing free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow, and become more sustainable and successful. Find out more

The RYA is the NGB for cruising, sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft. Find out more

The UK’s largest network of community groups. Helping community groups survive, to help young people thrive. Find out more

Determined to give everyone in England the chance to benefit from sport and physical activity. Find out more

Improves the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often. Find out more

Providing free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow, and become more sustainable and successful. Find out more

Active Partnerships

Active Partnerships are regional partnerships which work collaboratively with local partners, including clubs and delivery providers. They aim to create a more active nation and use the power of sport to transform lives. Sign up to receive their newsletters and to make sure you can access their support. Don’t be shy in reaching out to connect with their sport development officers.

Active Essex is the Physical Activity and Sport Partnership for Essex, Southend and Thurrock,  working collaboratively with local partners to ensure the power of physical activity and sport can transform lives. Find out more

Active Kent & Medway​ aims to boost participation in sport and physical activity, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of Kent residents. Find out more

To achieve a happier and healthier city, London Sport works in partnership with London’s local authorities and other organisations to provide opportunities for less active adults to be active and for young people to develop a positive physical activity habit for life. Find out more


Here are the members of the our team working directly with clubs and activity providers to increase safe use of the Thames.

Jenny Cooper, Sports Manager

Michael Spice, Assistant Harbour Master

Adam Montgomery, Assistant Harbour Master

Adam Montgomery,
Assistant Harbour Master

Planning to host an event? Visit our events page for more information.

Interactive Map

Find clubs and activity providers in London, Kent and Essex. Sort by moorings, access points and your nearest chandler for boat supplies – use the search function to the right of the map.

Want to add your organisation to the map? Send the name, location, website, and contact details via this form and we will update it.

Navigating in the upper tidal Thames
Navigating in central London
Navigating in the lower tidal Thames

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.

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