Canoe believe this? West Leeds Activity Centre to launch canal activities

canoe west leeds activity centre

West Leeds school children and their teachers will be taking to the water next week as they test and launch a new canoeing activity on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The new canoeing activity will be offered to schools and groups amongst a whole raft of other activities which are already on offer at West Leeds Activity Centre.

A new purpose-built pontoon has been built which has been partly funded by the Canal & River Trust, the wellbeing and waterway charity that looks after the Leeds and Liverpool Canalm and Leeds City Council.

The Inner West Community Committee Wellbeing Fund has also provided additional funding for canoes and safety equipment.

As well as canoeing, West Leeds Activity Centre also offer a wide range of year round outdoor activities for both children and adults including climbing, go-karting, motor biking and much more. There is also a full range of indoor activities and sports on offer.

Councillor Julie Heselwood, Chair of the Inner West Community Committee, said:

“The West Leeds Activity Centre is a fantastic place for both children and adults to experience activities that they might not usually get the chance to.

“I’m absolutely delighted that our fund has been able to help facilitate a new canoeing activity, giving schools and groups the opportunity to canoe in a safe environment in the heart of the city.”

Tom Wright, Development and Engagement Manager at the Canal & River Trust, said:

“Our charity looks after the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as part of a network of 2,000 miles of waterways. Canoeing is one of the great ways to enjoy our canals and rivers.

“We’re delighted to be working with West Leeds Activity Centre to help enable children and young people to learn new skills while discovering their local waterway.”


While you’re here…

Producing your daily dose of West Leeds Dispatch comes at a cost!

There’s the hosting of the website you’re reading now, running our popular e-mail newsletter, membership of independent press regulator Impress, attending summer events, paying for equipment etc etc.

We need at least £200 a month just to break even – that’s money currently coming out of the pockets of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about what’s happening in our communities, connecting you with local groups and organisations as well as holding decision-makers to account and championing local issues.

And all that’s BEFORE we even think about paying something for people’s time – for instance, our editor puts in more than 24 hours a week in his ‘spare’ time to ensure The Dispatch publishes daily.

To put it bluntly, after nearly four years of daily publishing, we are not sustainable!

And we need YOUR help to continue …

For the cost of less than a couple of cups of coffee you can help support local community news and continue to give our communities a voice by taking out a subscription for just £4 per month (that’s just a pound a week).

As a thanks you’ll get your name on a roll of honour on our website. More importantly you will be enabling us to keep bringing you the news that matters about your neighbourhood.

Achieving a bedrock of supporters will give us a firm financial footing and help us plan for the future.

Supporting us couldn’t be easier…

Just follow this link.

Over to you …


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.