Coaches & Helpers

Most of our coaches and helpers started their paddling journey with PaddlePlus. The core belief of the club is that if you received help when you needed it, you give help when your own skills allow. Coaching is delivered in many ways at the PaddlePlus; formally organised sessions, ad-hoc coaching if we see you need help or some guided learning whilst on a trip.

Our fully qualified coaches and helpers contribute to all on-water activities, keeping members safe, happy and learning skills when needed.


Fay Hefford - Coach

Fay Hefford

UKCC Level 1

Sheltered Water Coach (L2) Pending Assessment
Dean Macken - Coach

Dean Macken

UKCC Level 1

Sheltered Water Coach (L2) Pending Assessment
Ryan Torrance - Coach

Ryan Torrance

UKCC Level 2

White water kayak coach

Andy Oughton - Coach

Andy Oughton

Level 3 Canoe Coach, 5* Leader Canoe

East Mids Regional Coaching Representative

Kyle Laywood - Coach

Kyle Laywood

Paddlesport Instructor

Duncan Jack - Coach

Duncan Jack

Paddlesport Instructor
Bee King - Coach

Bee King

Paddlesport Instructor

Callum Staples - Coach

Callum Staples

UKCC Level 1

Richard Oldham - Coach

Richard Oldham

Mitchell Crane - Coach

Mitchell Crane

Paddlesport Instructor

Geoff Deacon - Coach

Geoff Deacon

UKCC Level 1

Sheltered Water Coach (L2) Pending Assessment

Joshua Oldham - Coach

Joshua Oldham

Paddlesport Instructor

Richard South - Coach

Richard South


Nathan McDonagh - Volunteer

Nathan McDonagh

Vice Chairman
Steve Mountford - Volunteer

Steve Mountford

Anton Magrath - Volunteer

Anton Magrath

Boat, Kit Repair & Transport Coordinator

Trip Leader

Shaun Monkman - Volunteer

Shaun Monkman

Assistant Secretary
Richard Oldham - Volunteer

Richard Oldham

Transport Coordinator
Nathan Hefford - Volunteer

Nathan Hefford

Social Media Coordinator

GB Freestyle Team Member

Michael Rigby - Volunteer

Michael Rigby

Anneka Jones - Volunteer

Anneka Jones

Publicity Officer
Niamh Macken - Volunteer

Niamh Macken

Junior Representative

The PaddlePlus committee, officers, coaches and helpers are all volunteers.