British Canoeing recognises and acknowledges the importance of residential outdoor education to the lives of millions of children and young people. That’s why we’re supporting the ‘Save Outdoor Education’ campaign which is calling for the Government to ensure there’s clear guidance in place so overnight school trips can go ahead again in 2021.
Since March, 1.5 million children and young people have missed out on a life changing experience. But, there’s still time to ensure children and young people throughout 2021 do not miss out on this great British tradition.
Lee Pooley, British Canoeing’s Head of Coaching & Qualifications, said “Outdoor Centres provide such a valuable experience for so many young people, by creating opportunities for adventure, developing self confidence, and helping with both physical and mental wellbeing.”
UK Outdoors, the industry body for outdoor learning and activities, has been working collectively to develop robust COVID-safe guidelines for providers as well as a detailed COVID protocols handbook for Government and public health authorities.
All providers have undertaken to, amongst other initiatives, reduce capacity to meet guidelines, maintain social bubbling – a key Government policy - and increase staffing. Jim Whittaker, Chair of Association of Heads of Outdoors Centres and UK Outdoors Member, said “The sector is ready and safe to reopen.”
British Canoeing has been supporting our coaches and leaders, many of whom work within these outdoor educational centres. By providing our qualified coaches and leaders with a robust COVID-19 framework to work within, we are confident that paddlesport activity being delivered by outdoor residential centres will be safe and enjoyable.
Lee Pooley added “For many British Canoeing coaches and leaders their first experience of paddlesport was at an outdoor centre, the possibility of losing such resources would be both detrimental and catastrophic to a young person’s development.”
If you would like to show your support and bring about a review on allowing overnight educational visits please sign UK Outdoors petition: https://petition.parliament.uk...