EXHILARATING and awe-inspiring are some of the words used to describe the London 2012 Olympics Games and the legacy left has helped inspire a new activity programme in Shoreham.
Kayaking and canoeing, which saw the UK achieve four medals last year, are among the many options on offer at Adur Outdoor Activities Centre (AOAC), in Brighton Road.
John Haffenden, chairman of the charitable trust, said: “The centre is very excited about the prospect of building on the Olympic legacy.
“The wide range of activities that are available for all ages means that the enjoyable atmosphere, coupled with learning, provided by the team of dedicated staff, is a fantastic facility for the area.”
Located on the banks of the River Adur, the centre puts its kayaking and canoeing emphasis on coaching the young to be the new stars of the future, although all ages and abilities are encouraged to become involved.
The British Canoe Union (BCU) courses that AOAC run allow progression from the complete novice through to being confident on fast-moving water and achieving award status with BCU assessment days in levels one and two – the route to being a potential medal winner of the future.
Centre manager Adam Tucknott said: “We can take young people from the age of eight, and have a wide range of focused sessions to develop both individual skills, as well as being a fantastic group and team-building experience, making new friends along the way.”
The 2013 programmes include for the first time archery, another Olympic sport which has grown in popularity since last summer.
AOAC has developed its own course, with qualified instructors.
The centre also has a purpose-built, 10m indoor climbing wall with more than 80 graded climbs to cater for all abilities.
Open to the public seven days a week, the climbing wall allows both juniors and senior citizens to enjoy a physical activity that challenges and develops skills, whilst being a safe environment.
The centre’s junior climbing club, RockHoppers, runs every day and encourages those aged eight to 16 to take up the sport, following the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS), where achievements in a series of five levels are accredited.
AOAC believes the London 2012 Olympics Games were exhilarating and awe-inspiring, with something to thrill and delight all generations.
Whether a school-age child or more gentile retiree, everyone was talking about London 2012, which is why the legacy it has left has been reflected in its 2013 programmes.
The centre has just launched a new website at www.aoac.org.uk for more information on how to get involved.
As well as climbing, archery, kayaking and canoeing, the programmes offer mountain biking, raft building, low ropes, orienteering and team building.