After School and Saturdays
We are open after school every Tuesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and every Saturday morning 9.30am-12.30pm for kids to come and enjoy our canoeing and mountain biking activity in a safe, friendly and positive environment.
You don’t have to have any previous experience and we provide all the necessary equipment. Young members at Leaside get a wide range of benefits.
If you are Under 19 for just £35 a term (or £50 a year) you get to hang out at our centre with friends on a Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday mornings.
You’ll also be able to go on exciting trips to places like Cornwall, Wales, the River Dart and the Lake District!
You can come and learn how to canoe just for fun but our instructors will also train you up to gain your UKCC One, Two and Three Star Awards and you can even go on to learn how to become a coach yourself! Many of our young members have gone on to work in the leisure industry.
Leaside also has a racing team – we have trained young people up to become Olympians and this could be you.
Come down to Leaside on a Saturday morning at 9.30am and we’ll take you out for your first canoe for FREE! Remember to bring a change of clothes and a spare pair of shoes.
“The evening and weekend sessions are where you see what a great success Leaside is. People of all ages and backgrounds come together as friends helping, teaching and laughing with each other - people that they would not normally mix with. Using kayaking as the vehicle, kids can become good at a sport. Kids that are often bullied for not liking popular sports, like football, can come to the club and express themselves in a way that a lot of their school friends cannot understand. It also gets them off the streets, giving them something to focus on and a place where they can hang out.”
Matt Craig, one of our young volunteers and a beneficiary of Leaside’s work
Young members on their white water trip to Slovenia April 2013