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

2 March 2019

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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.”

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