More disciplines and levels in use
January 22nd 2015 the EPP core group held it's ordinary yearly meeting in Oslo. Not present this time were Ireland and Slovenia, but the remaining group could welcome Italy into the cooperation.
Italy will in the first place addapt to the EPP 1-3 standards for sea kayak.
Finland moved ahead and has now permission to run white water level 3.
Standards for SUP will be presented at the next meeting in France in October 2015.
Courses across boarders
It was agreed to quit the project with establishing a common courses calendar and in stead add links from the europaddlepass.com to every NGB’s courses calender. And of course remember to share information of interest to other NGB’s.
As mentioned above the next meeting and next benchmark will be held in France (somewhere in Normandie) in October 2nd to 5th 2015
It was the second time that the EPP core group organized a benchmark event. This time it was held in Slovenia, who took care of the gears and the guinea pigs.
Not surprisingly Slovenia sent most assessors and observers - and also `guinea pigs' to the assessments. All countries were represented, except Germany. In addition to the member countries also Norway and Italy participated. It was a successful session where not everyone passed, but a common European understanding of the EPP 3 levels were developed.
After the benchmark event there was a meeting between the member countries. It was a special day because Norway, after a long preparation applied for membership, and was accepted. Now the four Nordic countries are members of the EPP core group and the basis for further cooperation is established. Development continues of course throughout Europe. The plan for the admission of Italy is now in place, and if all ends meet, Italy may become the tenth member at the next meeting in Oslo in January.
If we look further ahead, the next benchmark event will be held in October 2015, probably as a collaboration between England and France. Here we will work with surf kayaking, ocean race and open canoe. So ambitious instructors and assessors can now consider if they can see themselves represent their country in October 2015. The EPP group was so pleased with the effect of the benchmark event, that the need to participate in the future, will be included in the Statutes. In the same revision of statutes, it was decided that the EPP group’s formal office now is in Sweden, so congratulations to the Swedish federation with this new task.
Development projects In the more discipline specific part of the meeting, we continued the work to standardize the understanding of the concept of `leadership' so that it will have the same meaning across countries, and will support the fundamental separation between personal skills (EPP) and the different national leader, -assessor and -instructor systems. We also discussed Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at the meeting, several countries now have experience of implementing the activity, and it will definitely benefit the national efforts. France investigates a new opportunity, with EU support to develop a common European standard for instructors. This work coincides with the French federation’s ambition to break down the barriers for other EU citizens to work as instructors and assessors in the canoeing and kayaking field in France.
Christian Jacobsen, chair
Pictures: Gregor Zadravec
After the assessor has had there fun on the water the partners will then discuss both lessons learned and housekeeping in the EPP. This includes application for a membership from Norway but also the long term strategic plan.
With Norway formally seeking membership the group will reach 9 countries. Italy is also well underway in the process and would most likely become the 10th member.
Link to the left (click picture) is from the 2013 benchmark event.
Christian Jacobsen was reelected chairman and Malene Hjorth secretary.
Also new plans for marketing the EPP system was developed as well as a plan for revamping the presentation of the awards and a new overview of education availiable across Europe.
<- Anders Danielsen new treasurer to the EPP.
Today and tomorrow the EPP core group get together in Helsinki, Finland. 7 out of 8 countries is present. BCU is excused due to a unforeseen situation for their representative. Norway is once again visiting.
On the agenda is
Has been the disciplines discussed. Pictures doesn't do the event right since the whole Saturday was spent on the water doing assessments of gunny pigs.
The meeting continues now with a EPP core group meeting Monday.
October 11.-13. 2013 the Danish Canoe Federation is hosting a benchmark event in Copenhagen. Hopefully with participants from all eight membership countries.
Will you be among the lucky - and skilled - ones, who are going to take part in the development and finetuning of the EPP levels and disciplines? In your own country as well as internationally? And are you willing to communicate this in your network and among your fellow instructors afterwards?
More information coming up here and through your National Governing Body.
At the EPP core group meeting in May 2013 Finland was accepted as a full member of the EPP community. CONGRATULATION and welcome.
It was also decided:
These decisions are only a selected few of the many decision made and integrated into the Strategic Plan. After updating the Strategic Plan many items could be marked as completed and new tasks was delegated.
In other electoral matters it was a full reelection.Denmark was reelected as Chair and Secretary and Ireland as Treasurer.
The next meeting is just around the corner. May 22-23 the members will meet again. This time in Slovenia.
Among other items on the agenda is:
- Acceptance of Finnish membership.
- Feedback from workshop in Nyköping 2012.
- Process for other candidate countries Latvia, Italy, Norway.
- Discussion about including Stand Up Paddle in the EPP standard.
- Status of development in each member country... and many more items.
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