Youth Club – Programme

General Information

Activities include: 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 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.

Pathways: Pathways sessions are set to develop skills whilst young people gain experience in outdoor activities. These times are set out of school holiday projects. 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 also on Wednesdays. 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 in a variety of craft. Dynamic training sessions will take place. Sessions will focus advanced paddling techniques, rescues and rolling, stamina training, and tasks to produce higher level paddlesport performance. We will be using the River Thames from as well which will develop moving water skills and sea kayak journeying.

Trips:  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.

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

Clothing: 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.

Cost: £3 per session, £5 per day, (£20 per week /£30 two or more siblings)

Youth Activities Programme


Summer Holiday Project

Monday 31 July until Friday 1 September (Monday – Fridays).

Session times are 10.30 – 1.00 & 2.00 – 4.30.


Join us for five weeks of fun and exciting activities this summer.  We will be running a programme of different outdoor activities for 9-18 year olds.

Activities include

Kayaking & Canoeing, Sailing, Climbing & High Ropes and Mountain Biking.  Towards the end of the week there will also be local trips including activities on the River Thames. On Fridays we will have a friendly competition in the morning and then finish with an awesome challenge which usually involves getting very wet! If you visit daily or weekly you will receive Pathways Award Certificates


Daily and weekly places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.  Weekly places can be booked on Monday mornings, registration opens at 9.30. If you book weekly you must arrive and register before 10.00am each day so we know you are here, otherwise your place may be given away to someone else. Youth members who attend the regular Youth Club throughout the year can book in advance.

Cost: £3 per session, £5 per day, (£20 per week /£30 two or more siblings)

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.


The Pathways Scheme is a progressive structure that develops skills and knowledge of the sports and includes areas of learning that develop life skills. It is colour coded and starts with the Green Level then Blue, Red and finally Horizons.

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.


Apart from our Pathways Awards and National Governing Body achievements our main goal is for you to be the best person you can be.  Outdoor activities is a great way in enabling this as it has so many ways in developing the essential skills of life needed.

When you take part at Shadwell we hope you enjoy the activities programme and develop your personal skills as well as becoming confident as a person and gain skills which will help you as you develop in life.