London Borough of Barnet

Young people make a splash

Published Tuesday 14 August 2012

Hot on the heels of Team GB’s success on the water, Barnet Council’s Youth Support Service is helping young people try their hand at canoeing on the Welsh Harp Reservoir.

The ‘fun on the water’ programme is just one of a range of new activities available through this year’s Futureversity programme, offering opportunties to inspire young people aged 8 to 25.

Taking place at venues across the borough, this summer’s fully booked activities programme has offered four fun packed weeks of courses run by professional and experienced tutors.

Other activities from the newly expanded programme include beat bounce fitness training programme, cheerleading and motorcycle workshop, Brazilian dance, and rock school. Young people can get the chance to learn a new skill such as kitchen basics, give a new sport like archery or hockey a go, or boost their creativity in a new area like animation. They can also experience a range of learning opportunities at Middlesex University.

The courses run during the school holidays and are available for anyone who lives or studies in Barnet.

Phil Atkinson, Chairman of Phoenix canoe club said: “It’s great to host some of the activities for Barnet from our club base on the Welsh Harp reservoir.  The young people have had a fantastic time on the water trying out a host of craft, learning new skills and playing games afloat.”

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Families, said: “Our expanded Positive Activities scheme has proved a huge hit with young people in Barnet this year. As well as giving them a chance to learn a new skill or sport, these courses offer young people from all walks of life a chance to engage, learn and socialise in a safe and fun environment.

“At a time when resources are being continuously reduced these courses show how a little can go a long way with such positive outcomes and impact.”

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