Update on Covid-19 Business Funding

Just in case our Members haven’t seen recent information from Welsh Government on funding for businesses affected by Covid-19, here is the latest information we have received from Brecon Beacons Tourism. Although some of it relates specifically to guidance issued by Powys, other Local Authorities should have similar arrangements in place: 1. Economic Reliance Fund … Read more

Post Covid-19 Guidelines and Recovery Matrix for Adventure Sports and Provision in Wales

Following its earlier “Post Covid-19 Recovery Plan for the Outdoor Sector in Wales“, the Outdoor Alliance Wales  (led largely by WATO Members with contributions from SWOAPG) has now produced: The aim of this new document, which has been designed specifically for use by Outdoor Activity Providers, is to provide an ‘at a glance’ guide to … Read more

Hazard to paddlers on Upper Usk and Yscir: fish traps in operation during April & May

Natural Resources Wales has advised us that they will be operating fish traps on the Upper Usk (at Abercamlais on the Sennybridge-Aberbran section) and on the Yscir during the period April-May 2021. Although we anticipate few paddlers using the rivers during this period, anyone contemplating a trip on either river section needs to be aware … Read more

Influential sports bodies lobby Welsh Government for early relaxation of restrictions on outdoor activity for groups

The Welsh Sports Association, Sport Wales and Team Wales have written a joint letter (attached) to the Welsh Government ahead of the next review of Coronavirus regulations on the 12 March. They are seeking relaxations to enable a return to outdoor sporting activity, and a clear timetable for the return of indoor activity, including: “The … Read more

Job Opportunities! The Outdoor Partnership is recruiting 4 Outdoor Development Officers in Mid and South Wales

The Outdoor Partnership is seeking to recruit four dynamic, professional, and highly skilled Outdoor Activity Development Officers in mid and South Wales. For background information on the project, job description and person specification please follow the link https://outdoorpartnership.co.uk/en/about-us/join-the-team Alternatively, contact the Programme Manager mark.jones@outdoorpartnership.co.uk

Additional £30 million for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism in Wales

From Welsh Government: “The Welsh Government has announced a further £30 million for sector specific businesses affected by ongoing coronavirus restrictions. “The latest round of the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) will be targeted at small, medium and large businesses in the hospitality, leisure, tourism sectors and related supply chain businesses. “It has also been confirmed … Read more

Save Outdoor Education Campaign – Muddy Puddle Challenge

A note from the #SaveOutdoorEd campaign… “Just to remind you about our #MuddyPuddleChallenge that we’re running to support the #SaveOutdoorEd campaign and encourage people outside the industry to sign our petition. We’d really appreciate if you could post a pic or video of yourself and/or kids jumping around in muddy puddles with the following caption. … Read more

Letter to Prime Minister about supporting and opening up the Outdoor Learning Sector – add your business’ signature!

A request from the Institute for Outdoor Learning: “As you know we have been running a campaign to raise awareness of the terrible challenges the outdoor education sector has faced over the last 12 months because of COVID and the effective closure of outdoor residential visits by the Government. In mid-March, the Department for Education … Read more