About SCC

We are a family friendly club based on the River Stour in Sudbury, Suffolk. Our main focus is in recreational paddling and we offer a range of craft to hire for new members along with qualified instruction for new members. Our boats range from open canoes, SUP boards and a selection of kayaks offering touring boats or shorter creek boats and even freestyle for the more intrepid.

New Membership

Many people have contacted the club to ask about membership and we are now taking on new members. Please contact us to ask for more information and remember that the weather can mean a cold or hot paddle so wear the right kit and ask advice. Please continue to check this site and keep abreast of new decisions in regards to joining and paddling as a club and hopefully we will be able to accommodate you. Our membership is renewed in February each year so please consider this when joining to make the most of the year on the water!

Stay safe and well!

Equipment Requirements and Hire

The club has a selection of kayaks and canoes that can be hired for a nominal fee and included in this are paddles, buoyancy aids, spraydecks and helmets (if required). We also have a selection of dry cags and waterproofs but do recommend that club members source their own kit once they have decided that paddling is for them. (For summer paddling, just a t-shirt and shorts is often sufficient!)

Costs and Membership Fees

Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Adult: £5:00
Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Child: £3:00

Pool Fee (pool training evenings): Adult

Pool Fee (pool training evenings): Youth



Individual membership: £30:00
Family membership: £40:00
Junior membership: £25:00

There is an additional charge of £2.50 for those adults wishing to join the club but who are not BC members. British Canoeing offers river licenses and insurance for members who do join and it is worthwhile if you paddle at other venues or a wider range of rivers outside of the club. Find out more about what is right for you at https://members.britishcanoeing.org.uk/ 

Paddlers – young and old:

Young paddlers – In addition to our weekly paddles, the club will run special sessions for youngsters  in the warmer months – Paddlepower, which teaches basic paddling skills in a fun and friendly environment. All club coaches and committee members follow the DBS directive and we adhere to the BC Child and Vulnerable Adult policy. We also have three junior reps on the committee and a Junior Officer who is responsible for all aspects of the junior members’ welfare.

Once the basic skills are mastered, unaccompanied children are welcome to join our weekly club paddles where they will be in the company of other keen youngsters. We do ask that contact details are left with the duty officer as children can sometimes get very cold and need to return from the paddle early.

Older paddlers – Our weekly paddle supports developing skills for those new to paddling as well as supporting an environment of sharing good practice across disciplines. The club includes members who have wide-ranging skills in open canoeing, freestyle and squirt boating, sea kayaking, touring and white water and the club acts as a hub for paddlers to find the right focus. We also organise introductions to white water trips, camping weekends and away day paddles as well as internal training and external courses.

Our aim is to have fun, be safe and share skills!

Please be aware that the club takes photos or videos of its members. These may be used on our website, social media, local press, British Canoeing website and elsewhere to generally promote the club or support funding acquisition. Should you be unhappy for images of you or your dependents to be published please inform our Child Protection Officer or a Committee member who each act as Data Protection leads [ see paragraph 2.1 of the Sudbury Canoe Club Data Privacy Policy 2018 ].


  • Club Chairperson (Child Protection officer 2) – Kyrstie J Hall
  • Club Secretary –  Louise Horsely
  • Club Treasurer – John Bianchi 
  • Equipment Manager – Tony Wheadon
  • Equipment Manager – 2nd Nikki McGenn
  • Events Co-ordinator – Peter Narvidge
  • Junior Officer (Child Protection officer 1) – Heather Palmer
  • Risk Assessment Officer/Membership Secretary – David Harkness
  • Risk Assessment Officer 2 (in training) Jamie McGenn
  • Fund-raising Officer – Steve Timms
  • Senior Rep – Fred Welham
  • Junior Rep(s) – Taylor, Dylan and Jack


SCC Data Privacy Policy January 2023

SCC Risk assessment (Friars Meadow) 2023

SCC Risk assessment form River Stour 2023




SCC Covid 19 Risk-Assessment March 2021

SCC Code of Conduct 2023


SCC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (1) 2023

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 and if you are showing symptoms please be mindful of others and stop the spread!

Please be aware that you can still spread the virus even if you have had a vaccination or don’t appear to have symptoms.

Since the club has no facilities for members to wash, members should ensure they have their own hand sanitiser where appropriate.

We all love to paddle but need to be considerate!