Outdoor education team

The Outdoor Education Team offer young people an opportunity to broaden their horizons. They can develop key capabilities such as leadership, teamwork and self-motivation. They'll build communication, confidence and consideration skills. And improve their ability to learn through progressive participation in adventurous physical activities. These include canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and skateboarding. It's all delivered in an inclusive and youth friendly environment by qualified and competent staff.

The Outdoor Education Team manage and deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the borough, offering young people a unique and well recognised accreditation opportunity.

The Outdoor Education Team deliver a number of mobile activities from including a climbing wall along with water sports and archery across the borough. So look out for us at an event near you.

Details of weekly sessions open to young people are below. Please get in touch or come by and see us at the Urban Adventure Base.

Open Award at the Urban Adventure Base – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Mondays 5-7.30pm

The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. You need to be 13 to 24, and you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.

The DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.

Adventure Club

Wednesdays 16:30-19:30 (10-25 years old), Thursdays 16:30-18:30 (8-12 years old) and Fridays 16:30-19:30 (10-25 years old). During term-time only.

Open access sessions for young people with progressive adventurous activities at its core. Activities include:

  • Canoeing and kayaking (Wednesdays)
  • Mountain Biking (Thursdays)
  • Cookery (Thursdays)
  • NICAS indoor rock climbing (Fridays)
  • BMX and skateboarding (Fridays)

Activities can lead to nationally recognised qualifications and awards including: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS), BCU Paddle Power and more!

  • All sessions are inclusive, young people with physical and/or learning difficulties are very welcome.
  • A consent form must be completed and signed by parents (if under 18) before taking part in activities.
  • All sessions are free to Tower Hamlet’s residents and school goers. A contribution to costs may be applied to some expeditions and off-site visits.
  • All protective equipment related to activities is provided, sensible clothes and a spare change of clothes if padding is recommended.
  • All sessions are delivered by competent and qualified staff.

Data protection

Following the introduction of GDPR in May 2018, read about how and why the Outdoor Education team use personal data in our Sports & Physical activity privacy statement.