Top award for Wokingham Waterside CentreBy Jon Nurse
May 25, 2012
A waterside centre has been awarded special status by its governing body.
Wokingham Waterside Centre in Thames Valley Park has been awarded Top Centre status by Canoe England, becoming one of just five sites in the South East to be recognised for its standard of services.
The centre opened in 2001 and ran courses in the evenings and weekends, before expanding in 2005 to take on two members of staff.
Centre manager Belinda Blackwell said: “Since then it has gone from strength to strength. We have gone from a blank canvas to a top centre which is quite an achievement.
“This is a mark to show our very high standards and it means we will get additional support from the Canoe England development team as well as putting us in a better position when we apply for grants. It’s a real asset.”
The centre celebrated its accreditation on Thursday, May 17, with users of the facility.
The accreditation will last for three years, before a full inspection could extend it further.
The centre, on the bank of the River Thames, is home to The University of Reading Canoe Club, Wokingham Canoe Club and a Marsport Canoes and Kayaks shop.
Many community groups such as Cubs, Scouts, Guides and disabled groups meet at the site between 9am to 9pm.
Water sports on offer include canoeing, kayaking, katakanuing, bellboating, dragon boating and raft building.
The self-funding charity has two British Canoe Union accredited coaches and is currently advertising for a new level three coach.
Visit www.wokinghamwatersidecentre.com for more information.