Outdoor centre set to reopen with new owners

An outdoor education centre is to reopen its doors after a long-term deal was agreed with a new tenant.

Children enjoying fun on the water at a Peak-organised activity
Children enjoying fun on the water at a Peak-organised activity

Staffordshire-based, national operator Peak is adding the Chasewater Outdoor Centre to its national portfolio of activity centres after agreeing a deal with Staffordshire County Council.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s director for economy, infrastructure and skills, said the centre was a great facility for young people and he was pleased to see it return to regular use.

He said: "I’m also delighted that the new tenant is a Staffordshire-based company with such a strong reputation in this field and that it is committed to working with local groups."

Peak employs 230 full-time staff across the country and currently operates in three sectors.

These are outdoor adventures; education at four independent, Ofsted-registered schools and as one of the UK’s largest providers for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for schools and businesses.

Peak managing director Paul Ball said: "Chasewater Outdoor Centre is a great opportunity for Peak.

"The new site will work very well with all other aspects of our existing business, and complements the growth of our existing customer base.

"These include our very own Peak students, students and teachers from local and national schools as well as corporate clients alongside our extensive range of leisure clients.

"We want to work with existing site users, but also help grow participation at the site through holiday clubs, school and youth groups and corporate team building adventures.

"The site will continue to offer a wealth of fun activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Bush Craft, Sailing, Archery, Mountain Biking, DofE and more."

Complete with dormitories for overnight stays, the four acre Chasewater Centre site also includes areas for teaching, dining and storage amounting to 9,500 sq ft.

For more information about Peak, go to peak.co.uk

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