Volunteer Paddlers Needed For Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race

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Annual School Dragon Boat Race 2017

Volunteer Paddlers Needed: Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race 2024  


This April, Liverpool is hosting the annual Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race and we are recruiting volunteer paddlers to join our team.  


Traditionally, five Confucius Institutes from universities in the Northwest of England have competed in the race. We are pleased to once again extend invitations to the University of Manchester, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Lancaster, and Edge Hill University. This year, we are extending the invitation to institutes from the surrounding region to participate in a nine-team dragon boat race. 


Join our team as a volunteer paddler and celebrate an ancient Chinese tradition! 


Why Join? 


The Dragon Boat festival is a significant traditional holiday celebrated in China and by Chinese communities worldwide. The festival is marked by the racing of dragon boats and the eating of zongzi, pyramid-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. 


By joining our team as a volunteer paddler, you will be embracing a centuries old tradition that celebrates cultural heritage and the spirit of community. Not only that, but you’ll experience the thrill of racing with a close knit team.  


Read about last year’s race here! 


Event Details 


  • Location: Liverpool Watersports Centre, Queens Dock, 110 Mariners Wharf, Liverpool L3 4DG 
  • Date and time: Saturday 27th April 2024 10:00-15:00 
  • Participation cost: FREE! 
  • Requirements: decent physical fitness and a can-do attitude are a big plus. Two free training sessions will be provided for our volunteers to get to grips with paddling. 
  • Registration: Sign up here! Slots are limited so sign up early to secure your spot on the team 
  • Travel and lunch: while the race is free, volunteer paddlers are responsible for organising their own travel to the watersports centre. We will, however, provide lunch for our volunteers. We just recommend that you bring lots of water! 



Don’t miss the chance to be part of a fun and growing tradition that connects universities across the UK. Let’s make this year’s Dragon Boat Race the most memorable one yet!