StreetGames, Canal & River Trust and British Canoeing have committed to work collaboratively over the next three years to support the development of seven paddle sports hubs across Birmingham.

This collaboration aims to ensure more children and young people across Birmingham have access to paddle sports and that underserved communities have the tools to become healthier, safer and more successful.

Birmingham has 35 miles of canals and open waterways and the seven hubs now located at Perry Barr, Castle Vale, Winson Green, Port Loop, Star City, Small Heath and Selly Oak mean that families across the city will have access to this incredible water network for a range of sporting activities.

As part of the  Spring 2023 Bring It On Brum programme, Birmingham families were offered the opportunity to try Bell Boating across the seven hubs.

“Bell boats are my dad’s invention, it’s a very stable craft and a very easy way to introduce people to the water. We are in the process of developing ideally seven hubs across Birmingham, those seven hubs will be rooted in those communities. British Canoeing is now helping out to improve and build the infrastructure in terms of equipment, boats and resources, so we can amongst other things, serve the HAF (Holiday Activity and Food) Programme” Andy Train, Olympian

Bring It On Brum providers will be given the support needed to ensure that access to these waterways remains sustainable and their holiday club participants have access to Birmingham’s incredible waterways over the next three years.

Take a look at our Into the Green and Blue short film.