What's on offer?
A week of intensive, top quality coaching aimed at developing all aspects of your freestyle kayaking. The freestyle development camp will be based at Holme Pierrepont, at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The coaching will be done by Sam Ward, and designed to suit your individual requirements, with the aim of transforming all aspects of your freestyle kayaking. During the week we will provide:
Individual coaching on the elements of freestyle that you want to work on.
Expert technique advice
We can break down any freestyle move or combo and provide you with key points and valuable understanding to help get that move dialled .
Long Term Development
We aim not just to help you out during that week, but also to provide you with all the understanding and knowledge to continue your development long after the week is over.
Daily Video Feedback
We will use progressive, positive coaching and resources including extensive daily video analysis.
A Comprehensive Review
At the end of the week we will provide you with an extensive review of your paddling, (we will also send you a digital copy via email), as well as a few video clips showing the key things you worked on.
This camp also gives you the opportunity to transform your competition performance for the better. We can work on any of the following with you:
We can help you prioritise your training to identify key areas for focus and help you put together a training plan that provides higher performance.
How to choose which move to do first? Go big or be conservative? Should you try to link moves or keep it simple? We will tackle all these questions and more to help you put together the perfect run on any feature.
A fundamental part of winning competitions that is often overlooked is whether you are scoring what you think you are. We can help you understand how judging works, and help you build a comprehensive understanding of the latest competition rules.
We will run several practice competitions, and we will help you learn how to maximise your points. We can also explore the use of visualisation and other techniques to help you prepare just before a competition.
Some days you paddle well, and some days you don’t. We can discuss ways to put yourself in the right mindset, feeling positive to make sure your big competition day is day when you’re on fire, not washed out.
Training for a Specific Competition
If you are working towards a certain event, we can run the whole week with that competition in mind, help you put together a run and identify key areas for you to work on.
N.B. For those who are not interested in competition (or certain aspects of it mentioned above) there is no obligation to include all the competition orientated coaching: if you prefer we can work only on technique and the pure pleasure of pulling freestyle moves!
There is a lot more info down this page to figure help you figure out the details. To book yourself a place on the LiLi Freestyle Development Camp, drop us an email at email@example.com .
The kayaking will all be on the Holme Pierrepont white water course in Nottingham. We will use the features that suit the individuals on the camp. More than likely, to maximise learning and enjoyment, we will use a wide variety of features on the course. Holme Pierrepont is a perfect place to work on your freestyle, with a variety of features to practise core skills and some excellent holes to perfect some more advanced techniques. We will try and ensure there is a good balance between fun kayaking, and constructive coaching, and we will also include some off the water sessions to let our bodies rest up when we need it. Something that we believe is very important is making sure that the itinerary is flexible: we will tailor the coaching to suit you, and what you want to learn.
All the LiLi coaches are highly experience and qualified. They live for the enjoyment of kayaking and the challenge and reward of coaching. This makes coaching with LiLi fun and inspiring and it drives the coaches to make every session rewarding and enjoyable.
This week package will be run by Sam Ward: With years of freestyle coaching experience, Sam has built up an extensive knowledge of the freestyle moves and has developed his own methodical and structured techniques for improving freestyle. Sam is currently coaching the Great British Freestyle team. Last year’s World Championships saw team GB pick up several significant placings including 3 Gold medals; following on from that, Sam will once again be out coaching the team at this year’s European Championships in Lienz, Austria. Sam is a current BCU Level four coach, has paddled and coached on over a hundred rivers across many countries and has extensive experience in running safe and rewarding sessions, and in providing a professional, relaxed and fun environment off the water.
N.B. If there are more than four people on the course, then another of the LiLi team will join Sam to ensure you still get plenty of individual coaching.
Food and Accommodation
Camping is available at the National Water Sports Centre Campsite in Nottingham which is ten minutes walk from Holme Pierrepont Whitewater Course, an ideal venue for freestyle and coaching. There are all the necessary facilities in the campsite: toilets, showers, washing facilities etc. The campsite in the summer time normally has a number of kayakers staying there, and that is where Sam will be based. At the end of each day’s paddling we will also review the paddling and footage at the campsite. Most people end up eating and staying at the campsite but if after reviewing the paddling you prefer to eat / sleep elsewhere then that is fine.
Outside of paddling
No responsibility can be taken for participants outside the designated coaching time. If participants are staying on site then they must be responsible for their own welfare and conduct. Feel free to drop us an email if you have any concerns or questions about this or to discuss it further firstname.lastname@example.org .
Who is this suitable for?
The package is ideal for anyone with a solid white water roll and a willingness to learn!
If you are training for a competition and want to up your game, then this week will be perfect to help you achieve your maximum potential.
The freestyle development camps are during the summer holidays and provide a perfect opportunity to get some decent paddling in whilst other unfortunate souls are at work!
A typical week will run as follows:
Sunday evening - Arrive and set up camp (not compulsory)
Monday – Meet at the white water course, A briefing and a chance to discuss goals for the week. Following this, paddling and coaching all day, video feedback at the end of the day.
Tuesday - Paddling and coaching all day, followed by video feedback and review.
Wednesday – Paddling and coaching in the morning, in the afternoon an off water coaching session, and a chance to let the bodies rest up a bit.
Thursday – Paddling and coaching all day, video feedback at the end of the day.
Friday - Competition, scoring and judging practice all day. An individual, comprehensive review of your paddling in the late afternoon / early evening.
Saturday morning - Mini competition.
Please contact us for the next available dates
A 'Two Weekend equivalent' of the camp can be arranged. Please email us for more info and costs for this alternative package, designed to suit those who can't attend during the working week email@example.com
These dates don't suit? We are adding extra dates all the time and we can arrange one especially for you. Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost for the week long Nottingham Freestyle Development Camp is £275.
Includes: A week of expert coaching, video analysis and a comprehensive review of your paddling and an action plan for your future development at the end.
Excludes: Camping fees, white water course fees, personal paddling equipment (available to rent at an additional cost), food, responsibility for your conduct / behaviour outside the coaching sessions.
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Book This Package
To book a place on one of the LiLi Freestyle Development Camps, email Sam at