Alex: our SASU manager (Canoe Team)

Alex Ford has been appointed as Manager of the Norfolk Scout Canoe Team.

We’re delighted that following a recent advertisement and selection process that Alex has been appointed as Manager of the Norfolk Scout Canoe Team Scout Active Support Unit (SASU).

We wish Alex the very best in his new role, here’s a brief introduction to him and the SASU.


Alex, tell us a little bit about your Scouting journey.

I have been part of Scouts since I joined Beavers at Wymondham.

When I moved up to Scouts I started to attend Decoy club nights and paddle with members of the canoe team. Along with joining the Norfolk Scout Canoe Team ASU I also joined the Mongoose Network. I have had some amazing experiences and met some great people and made some life long friends. Currently as a County Permit Assessor I enjoy running training and assessment sessions, supporting leaders to develop their skills and working with them to increase their confidence and to help achieve water activity permits.


What do you do outside of Scouting?

Outside scouting I’m a Programme Lead working with Apprenticeships based at West Suffolk College.

When I’m not working I’m either out walking with the wife and dog or on the water on anything from SUP (Stand up paddle boarding), kayak or canoe.

We love travelling and skiing but that’s been a bit restricted this year…


So, you’re going to a desert island for a month what three luxuries must be in your luggage?

  • My surf board as there is always time for a quick surf.
  • Hammock so I can sleep in comfort.
  • Camera to capture the moments and sunsets.


Why did the ASU Manager role attract you?

Having been involved with the Norfolk Scout Canoe Team more and more over the years I have been wanting to support and be part of developing the ASU.

I want to ensure the ASU can continue to make all members feel welcome, and support all groups to get anyone that wants to get on the water to do so safely and having fun.


What are looking forward to in your new role and what are your plans for the next few months?

In order to move the team forward I hope to explore ways to enable more support to be offered to the adults within scouting, to develop their water sports skills and ability to lead groups, gaining water activity permits. This will enable them to support groups within their area, opening up more water sports to more Scouts across Norfolk.

I want to make sure the team is easy to contact and everyone in Norfolk scouts is aware of what the ASU can offer.

As Covid restrictions relax we hope to focus on the areas of safety training refreshers and development plan support.

Why someone might like to join your ASU?

If you are interested in developing your skills on the water or just getting out and having fun getting wet with like-minded people, then contact the ASU now!

Getting wet is not compulsory so if you just want to support scouts and leaders we have plenty of dry jobs too. We are a friendly team and want to ensure anyone at any level of paddle sports gets the support and help they want.


Alex’s email is