The Outdoor Partnership work with the people of Wales to take up outdoor activities as a life-long pursuit. Their vision is to achieve an active, healthy and inclusive Wales, where outdoor recreation provides a common platform for participation, fun, achievement and employment. The Outdoor Partnership’s mission is to improve opportunities for more people in Wales to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.
What are the main aims of The Outdoor Partnership?
The Outdoor Partnership aim to improve opportunities for local people and communities to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.
Working directly with local people and local communities, they aim to inspire children and young people to be active in the outdoors in a sustainable way. To make sport more inclusive and accessible to all (which is an aim for Sport Wales), TOP work directly with disadvantaged groups. These include long term unemployed, NEETS, people with impairments, women and girls, people suffering mental ill-health, inactive people, and those living in isolation and poverty.
How does The Outdoor Partnership’s work help Sport Wales to achieve an Active Nation?
Both Sport Wales and The Outdoor Partnership want to achieve an active Wales which is reflected in the visions of both organisations. Both also want to encourage lifelong participation in sport with The Outdoor Partnership focusing on outdoor activity.
The projects of The Outdoor Partnership have provided over 100,000 outdoor activity opportunities for health and well-being; trained over 4000 volunteers; helped over 500 unemployed people back into work; established over 80 community outdoor clubs and groups with over 7000 members participating; and provided sustainable opportunities for over 1000 disabled people.
How can The Outdoor Partnership support the wider network of partners in our united Vision for Sport?
The Outdoor Partnership’s Coach Education Programme, now in its 10th year, supports new and existing volunteer leaders and coaches in outdoor activity clubs across Wales, as well as Disability Inclusion specific training such as Climbing for All, Sailability, Surfability.
They help fund National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) qualifications as well as pre-requisite training, first aid, CPD workshops (e.g. Safeguarding, fund raising) and mentor support in preparation for NGB awards.