Youth Club – Programme

How it works



Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Climbing, High Ropes, Orienteering both onsite at Shadwell Basin and off site on day trips and week long expeditions.

Session Times

Wednesday& Thursday evening sessions 5.15pm to 8.30pm. Sunday sessions 10.15am-1.00pm and 1.45pm-4.30pm.  Holiday Projects: 10.00am registration (9.30am for summer holiday project) – activities 10.30am-1.00pm and 1.45pm-4.30pm.


The Pathways is the structure of our awards scheme which develops skills and knowledge of the sports and includes areas of learning that develop life long skills. It is colour coded and starts with the Green Level then Blue, Red and finally Horizons.  Pathways sessions are set to develop skills whilst young people gain experience in outdoor activities. Beginners and those developing basic skills take part in Green & Blue sessions on Wednesdays. Intermediate and advanced level participants take part in Red & Horizons sessions on Thursdays. Multi Level activities take part on Sundays.  Girls Can activities take part Wednesday evenings and some Sundays – you need to have registered with us using our parent consent form and sign up for sessions via the doodle calendar which will be emailed to you if you have in advance of each session.

Red & Horizons

We have put together a training programme for those interested in developing 3 Star paddlesport & Leadership skills, training for sailing and helming as well as power boat training.  This takes place on Wednesday evning/Sunday’s throughout the autumn and winter programme.

Our Values

We have a set of Values which we encourage young people to learn about and adopt: Respect, Friendship and Confidence are key elements of personal progression whilst Equality and Humility are expected as a youth member. Motivation is important as the activities require attention and focus. Your success is important to us and there is a structure for you to Achieve in a relaxed and fun way which develops Courage and the ability to succeed. As you progress you will begin to develop Leadership skills, and then be able to help others to learn.

Our Moto: I Can – I Try – I Succeed

Our bodies primarily work with instruction from our brain.  When we have a positive attitude it can put us in a better position to perform in anything. So even if you are worried or nervous it is even more important to believe you can.  Therefore if you say “I Can” before attempting things you will have a much higher ability to succeed. So when working with young people we develop this approach as there is a much higher level of success in many areas.


Please check the information on the trips section for the specific trip you are interested in so that you are prepared for that day/week.  Most importantly book and pay for your place in advance we no longer take payment on the day of the trip and therefore you will not be able to attend.


Please see the Events section below for holiday projects, residential and special event dates throughout the year ahead.


You must bring an appropriate set of clothes (bottoms & top) for Adventure activities including a base layer, mid layer and waterproof depending on the weather.  The Centre will provide specialist clothing for water based sessions such as water shedding salopettes and cagoule and mid layers and waterproof jackets for trips where possible.

Parent/Guradian Consent

You will need to have a completed consent form to take part in the activities, these can be downloaded from the Youth Activities page on the website or can be picked up from the Centre Reception and filled in on the day by a parent or legal guardian. We can not accept forms filled in by any other adults including relatives.

Life Skills

Apart from our Pathways Awards and National Governing Body achievements our main goal is for you to become the best person you can be.  Outdoor activities is a great way in enabling this as it has so many challenges that stretch and strengthen you as a person. These along with our Values will develop your personal skills which you need to have a fulfilling life.


£3 per session –  £5 per day

School Holiday Programmes – (£20 per week /£30 two or more siblings)


Youth Activities – Pathways ProgrammeExplore skills and discover your journey




Christmas Pantomine (Tuesday 19th Dec – last booking date – Wed 6th December) £20 per person


Sunday 3rd

Am: Kayaking Skills session

Pm: Mountain Biking


Wednesday 6th

Outdoor / Indoor Climbing


Sunday 10th

Christmas Paddle to Greenwich – There are only a few places left so if you have not paid £5 in advance to book your place please do so by Wed 6th December.

Bring your Santa hats and very warm clothing (lots of layers) as we paddle on the River Thames to Greenwich, we plan to get off at the beach at Greenwich and then buy some chips to keep us warm, bring some extra money.  You will need to bring some snacks and drinks etc, we will provide the hot chocolate at the end of the day. Usual Sunday times apply.

There will not be any other activities running on this date


Wednesday 13th

Adventure Film Night – An inspirational film set in the real outdoors – Film Tbc.


Sunday 17th

Am: Mountain Biking Olympic Park – 10 places you must pay and book in advance £5

Pm: Mountain Bike Maintenance course Level 1, then activity planning ideas for Jan to March 2018


Tuesday 19th

Christmas Panto £20 + Secret Santa £3 prezzie to put in Santa’s Sack – Meet at Shadwell at 5pm

Please put your own name on the present you bring so that you can not select it back.

If parents wish to meet at the Hackney empire and or pick up please let me know in advance.  We aim to meet you at the main entrance between 6.30pm-6.45pm when we will then get seated the show begins at 7pm. Please bring sweats etc if you are being dropped off.  Pick up is usually at 9pm i’ll update this time when I know more. Otherwise pick up at Shadwell is 9.45/10pm.