Elite Sports at the National Water Sports Centre

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Elite Sports

The National Water Sports Centre is just 10 minutes from the city of Nottingham and yet feels a world away. Within the site is a 2km Regatta Lake and a 700m White Water Course which were purpose built for elite athletes to train and compete at the highest level.

As the venue for Olympic selection for the Great Britain flat water canoe and kayak teams, as well as national and international events, we pride ourselves on fully understanding the needs of world class athletes in preparation for a major competition.

The White Water Course

The 700m course was extensively upgraded in early 2009 giving the course greater flow and depth, making the waves bigger and more stable and providing much greater flexibility with the addition of state of the art moveable obstacles.

In May 2009 white water course staged the European Canoe Slalom Championships. The event was a huge success with many of the competing athletes regarding the course as "one of the best in the world".

With a head of 4m, the course produces grade 3 white water rapids with a regular flow of 24 cubic meters per second. The course is a remarkable feat of engineering as it is gravity fed, making it truly environmentally friendly with no need for electric pumps. Adjacent to the course there is also a flat water gate training area.

As water is not pumped, the course flows 24 hours a day, it also has canoe slalom training gates permanently in place and being floodlit is always available for training. This is another reason why the course is so highly regarded and Team GB has made it their home.


2km Regatta Lake

At the heart of the centre is the 2km regatta lake with low-level, easy accessible solid concrete pontoon jetties and 5km of perimeter road for safe, land-based training.

With a depth of 4m and width of 140m the lake can be divided into 6 rowing lanes or 9 lanes for sprint canoe or kayak. With a start/finish tower providing excellent vantage points and with regular distance markers it enables you to train using competition scenarios and timings.



We have over 30 years experience in hosting national and international competitions, and have staged some of the biggest competitions in rowing, canoeing and kayaking, such as:
  • World Rowing Championships
  • Great Britain National Championships
  • National Schools Regatta
  • British University Sports Association Regatta



We have also hosted a number of triathlons at the centre as the lake and its surrounding path offer the perfect facilities for competitions. We have links to British Triathalon and we'll be hosing the ETU Junior European Cup and Triathlon England National Club Relay Championships in 2014.


National Governing Bodies at The National Water Sports Centre

Our 2km Regatta Lake and 700m White Water Course attracts some of the top elite athletes as well as National Governing Bodies to the National Water Sports Centre to use our great facilities for both training and events.


British Canoeing

As a national centre for water sports, we are proud to be the home of the British Canoeing; the national governing body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK.

We have some of the top Team GB canoeists from the Olympic and Paralympic squads training here, including gold medallists from Rio 2016. We are also the hosts for a number of British Canoeing’s flat water racing regattas and white water events.

You can contact the British Canoeing at:

British Canoeing
National Water Sports Centre
Adbolton Lane
West Bridgford
NG12 2LU

Tel: 0845 370 9500 or 0300 0119 500
Fax: 0845 370 9501



English Institute of Sport (EIS)

The EIS work with Olympic and Paralympic athletes and sports to deliver sport science, sport medicine, technology and engineering performance solutions. Their practitioners work daily with coaches and athletes as part of their elite performance programmes, having worked with 93% of medal-winning sports competing at the London 2012 Games and 86% of all the Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

As an English Institute of Sport partner site, we have members of the EIS based here looking after the elite athletes using the site from British Canoeing and GB Rowing.


GB Rowing Team Start Programme

Here at the National Water Sports Centre, we are home of GB Rowing’s Talent programme testing camps.

This talent identification programme was created with the aim to build the future of the GB Rowing Team by identifying and developing potential Olympians.  The programme’s most recent successes have been at the London 2012 Olympic Games, with almost a third of the Team GB Rowers having come through the programme.

We also host a number of rowing events that include a high proportion of the GB Rowing Team competing on site; these include the British Rowing Junior and Senior Championships, British Rowing Master Championships and the BUCS Regatta.


Contacting Us

If you have any queries about visiting the Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home of the National Water Sports Centre, then please don’t hesitate to contact us:

National Water Sports Centre
Adbolton Lane
Holme Pierrepont
NG12 2LU
Phone: 0115 982 1212
Email: info.nwsc@serco.com