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Local leisure provider to deliver outdoor education
Tuesday 21st October, 2014

Leisure and culture provider, WLCT, has been chosen to deliver Wigan Council’s outdoor education provision as part of a deal to transform services for young people.

WLCT officially took over responsibility for providing land and water based outdoor education in the borough earlier this month. Activities include kayaking, canoeing and climbing and are open to adults as well as young people.

The move will have little impact on the current activities with those already booked unaffected.

Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and families at Wigan Council, said: “We are really pleased that WLCT will be ensuring these activities are still available to children and young people in the borough. This move forms part of the council’s wider ambition to transform services as part of the Deal for Young People, which launched earlier this summer in an effort to ensure young people have access to a range of activities designed to improve their wellbeing and personal and social development. Through the youth forum and our own youth groups we’re working closely with young people to ensure they have their say on the changes.”

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT, said: “We are delighted to be providing outdoor education as part of the new deal for young people in Wigan Borough. This work will help enhance the lives of young people through a variety of exciting and challenging activities and assist us in our ambition to get the borough active and healthy.”

Unlike many Local Authorities nationally, Wigan Council has continued to invest in activities for young people for the past few years but financial pressures on the service means there is a need to do things differently.

As part of the changes, a new website will be launched in the next few weeks to help direct young people to activities and events across the borough. The council will continue to support Wigan Youth Zone, and will continue to deliver a range of youth work provision such as the popular X-Zones, which provide activities for young people on Friday evenings.

WLCT will work closely with groups including Wigan Canoe Club, Wigan Sailing Club and Lancashire Wildlife Trust, as well as local schools to ensure that young people have the opportunity to take part in the activities.

WLCT will also offer Corporate Away Days, GCSE courses in kayaking, climbing, sailing and windsurfing from their base at Scotmans Flash, Rushdene, Off Poolstock Lane.

To find out what activities are available from WLCT, call 01942 828 271.

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