Outdoor Education Centre is Active Again

An outdoor education centre is to reopen its doors after a long-term deal has been agreed with a new tenant.

Staffordshire-based, national operator Peak is adding the Chasewater Outdoor Centre to its national portfolio of activity centres after agreeing a deal with Staffordshire County Council.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said: “The outdoor education centre at Chasewater is a great facility for young people to experience new adventures and I’m pleased it’s going to return to regular use.

“I’m also delighted that the new tenant is a Staffordshire-based company with such a strong reputation in this field and that it is committed to working with local groups.”

With a head office in Audley, Peak employs 230 full-time staff across the country, including the Trafford Watersports Centre, Manchester, and the Astbury Watersports Centre near Congleton.

It currently operates in three sectors: outdoor adventures; education at four independent, Ofsted-registered schools where the emphasis is on an ‘adventurous’ curriculum; and is one of the UK’s largest providers for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for schools and businesses.

Managing Director Paul Ball said: “Chasewater Outdoor Centre is a great opportunity for Peak. The new site will work very well with all other aspects of our existing business, and complements the growth of our existing customer base which includes our very own Peak students, students and teachers from local and national schools as well as corporate clients alongside our extensive range of leisure clients.

“The business is all about building a community. We want to work with existing site users, but also help grow participation at the site through holiday clubs, school and youth groups and corporate team building adventures.

“The site will continue to offer a wealth of fun activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Bush Craft, Sailing, Archery, Mountain Biking, DofE and more.”

Complete with dormitories for overnight stays, the four acre Chasewater Centre site also includes areas for teaching, dining and storage amounting to 9,500 sq ft.

Peak is expected to take over the site this month and more information will be available at www.peak.co.uk

Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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