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SPORTS COUNCIL BACKS MOVE ON SAFETY AT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRES

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The Sports Council has welcomed what it described as 'the attention being given to ensuring safe practice within th...
The Sports Council has welcomed what it described as 'the attention being given to ensuring safe practice within the provision of outdoor activities'.

Agreeing with the decision of the Department for Education not formally to regulate Outdoor Activity Centres, the Council committed itself to continue its work within the industry to ensure the implementation of an accreditation scheme.

Working closely with the English Tourist Board through its Activity Centres Accreditation (ACAC), the relevant governing bodies of sport as well as the industry, the Sports Council has been moving towards an inspection and accreditation scheme for centres that will be implemented and managed by the industry. The new Draft Code of Practice to be published by ACAC early next year will include details of the scheme.

The primary concern, says the Sports Council, is to ensure that parents, schools, youth groups and individuals can attend outdoor activity courses in the secure knowledge that the greatest possible attention is being given to safe management practice. The adventure should be in the activity not in the provision of facilities or the coaching provided.
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