Posted on 29th June 2020
The Anderton Centre welcomes back children for safe and exciting outdoor activities as lockdown eases
The Anderton Centre, North West Outdoor Education Centre Charity has reopened its doors to offer exciting activities for young people who have faced restrictions during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Anderton Centre, based at Lower Rivington Reservoir, Anderton, Chorley, has introduced stringent safety measures to make the site Covid-secure.
The Centre, which is part of the University of Bolton Group, offers a wide range of water and land-based activities to revitalise youngsters and encourage the rebuilding of bonds with friends.
Now that the Government has announced the latest lockdown measures to be eased, David Germain, Head of the Centre, says it is the perfect venue for children to have fun in the open air after weeks of being cooped up at home.
David said: “We have been hard at work behind the scenes over the past weeks to adapt the site to make it Covid-secure and have introduced rigorous risk assessment procedures.
“As schools start to slowly ease out of lockdown, consideration should be made to children’s physical health and wellbeing, in addition to their formal education.
“We understand how important it is for children to return to their formal education, however, their physical health and wellbeing is of equal importance, especially during these unprecedented times.”
David said: “It is important that we offset the negativity of recent events surrounding Covid-19.
“Children have been restricted from their normal social movements and displaced from their usual learning routines.
“Our fantastic facilities are ideal to help children burn off their energy and boost their self-confidence, whilst enabling them to have fun in a safe setting before returning to a classroom environment.”
The Centre’s team ensures all hygiene and social distancing rules are met whilst onsite.
New measures also include one-way systems and limited numbers of people at sessions.
The Anderton Centre offers high-quality and unique experiences for education establishments, community groups, voluntary and commercial organisations.
Packages are available for individuals and for corporate team development, at a time when many work colleagues have not been together in the office for many weeks.
All activities and trips are managed by experienced instructors who bring areas of the curriculum to life.
Practical applications and skills learnt will complement and enhance future classroom learning.
David added: “We are a charity and rely on support and we have been massively affected in the past three months which is usually our busiest period.
“Research supports the benefit of green space and water for wellbeing and we can provide both in abundance.
“Children will have fun and learn important interpersonal skills such as taking responsibility, building self-confidence and resilience, and become an effective team player.”