A number of useful outdoor related websites
  • English Outdoor Council

    English Outdoor CouncilThe English Outdoor Council (EOC) is an umbrella body for organisations involved in the provision of outdoor education, recreation and development training.

    Its work involves :

    Lobbying for opportunities for outdoor learning for all young people, including those who could not afford to experience these without financial support.

    Promoting the benefits of progressive outdoor experiences.

    Arguing for a balanced view of risks and benefits and an adventurous approach to life.

    Encouraging high quality, sustainable provision, with proportionate safety assurance.

    Maintaining a future focus on behalf of the outdoor sector.

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning

    The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) encourages outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting the good practice of outdoor professionals. By representing and lobbying on behalf of their members, they can help ensure the development and progression of outdoor learning.

  • Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee

    The Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) is supported by CCPR and SkillsActive.The AAIAC is representative of a wide range of stakeholders from the adventure activity sector. It works with the industry to identify and disseminate good practice, and to advise government and its agencies accordingly.

  • Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel

    OEAP outdoor adviceThe Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) comprises of the nominated representatives of the Chief Officers of Local Authorities in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. It provides a forum for sharing and developing good practice in Outdoor Learning / Learning Outside the Classroom. They offer advice and support to enable and encourage outdoor learning.

  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

    The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) came into existence in April 1996. It is currently sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. The Health and Safety Executive is currently designated as the AALA.
    Adventure activities licensing ensures that activity providers follow good safety management practices.
    These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks of death or disabling injury.

  • Outdoor Industries Association

    The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) is the trade body for manufacturers, retailers and other organisations that provide products and services for the outdoor leisure pursuits market in the United Kingdom.

  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. They believe that every young person (0-19yrs) should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.

    Whether you are an education practitioner, headteacher, governor or organisation that provides LOtC experiences, this website offers a large range of resources developed with the support of many experts in the field learning outside the classroom. The site is designed to support anyone working with young people aged 0–19 provide high-quality educational experiences.

  • Learning Away – Paul Hamlyn Foundation

    In 2009, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation invited proposals from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK to work with us in developing and piloting innovative residential learning programmes.

    Learning Away was founded on the belief that high-quality residential experiences can provide extremely powerful learning opportunities for children and young people – and indeed, for adults as well. When we considered that less than a fifth of a young person’s waking time is spent in school, the opportunity to engage them with the much more intensive, rich and deep learning experiences that residentials can offer was compelling.

National Governing Bodies
  • The British Caving Association

    The National Body for Caving in the UK

  • The Royal Yachting Association

    The UK National body for all forms of boating under sail or power including disabled sailing.

  • The British Canoe Union

    The governing body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking in the United Kingdom.

  • Mountain Training UK

    Mountain Training is a number of related organisations which share a common purpose: the provision of education and training in the leadership, instruction and coaching of climbing, walking and mountaineering activities in the UK.

  • The British Mountaineering Council

    The British Mountaineering Council is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.