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Inside Prospects: South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre

16 January 2013

What is South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre?

In summer 2012, Prospects acquired South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre (SCOEC), Gloucestershire, on a 125-year lease from Gloucestershire County Council. For over 40 years, SCOEC's core purpose has been to work with all young people to achieve learning through adventure and outdoor education; this will continue. The on-site facilities include changing rooms, classrooms and stores, while activities take place in the extensive grounds and on its 47-acre lake. A handover ceremony to mark the new ownership took place on 16th November and was attended by Centre staff and students from Cirencester College.

What kind of activities does the centre offer?

The Centre offers a range of activities for individuals and groups of young people and adults, to learn new skills in the great outdoors. These include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, power boating, snorkelling, archery, orienteering, and established programmes of dragon boat racing and raft building. The activities are offered to the public at weekends and the Centre is also used for corporate team building exercises.

What next for South Cerney?

Through a £500,000 investment from Prospects, SCOEC hopes to develop and extend the use of the centre to a wider range of users by improving its facilities and accommodation. The new vision for SCOEC includes the creation of the first 'Prospects Green Centre' where environmental learning, interest in the countryside and rural crafts will be promoted.

Who is in the South Cerney team and where is it based?

The team is based at the Outdoor Centre itself in the heart of the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire. A new manager, Matt Pritchard, was recruited in December 2012 to help oversee the growth of the business from its traditional roots. He heads a team of six full-time staff: Simon Holloway and Helen Woodham, both managers; Michael Watling, Michael Knight and Sam Egleton are instructors and Sharon O'Keeffe is the team's administrator. There are also sessional/casual staff employed during the peak season (April-October).

More information about South Cerney can be found at www.southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk, or contact Matt Pritchard, matt.pritchard@prospects.co.uk

 

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