Community Links wants to get more of Newham 'Outdoors in the City'

PUBLISHED: 16:53 18 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:53 18 May 2016

A little girl enjoys abseiling at the OITC centre

A little girl enjoys abseiling at the OITC centre


A new phase of development aimed at extending the age range for activities at the Breke Arkless Outdoors in the City Centre (OITC) has been announced.

Caroline Oakley, who runs the centre, said: “Our facilities now appeal to a broader age range. We have activities for everyone to enjoy.”

“Not only can children and young children develop confidence, self esteem and team work skills, but our activities are also ideal for company team building and staff development days,” she added.

The east London based charity, Community Links, made the announcement to mark the OITC’s 10th anniversary and hopes it will help address the lack of physical activities available in Newham.

Ms Gurjit Kaur Shergill, deputy head teacher at Rockeby School, praised the work that the OITC has done with some of their pupils over the last 6 years.

“They have supported some of our boys with developing their confidence and resilience and with others they have had a massive impact on improving their attendance and academic outcomes,” she said.

The OITC centre, which offers abseiling, orienteering, a gladiator challenge as well as educational aspects of outdoor learning and more, introduced 2,500 people last year to its facilities.

The centre will be offering open community access days for locals to try out its facilities on June 3, July 16 and August 6.

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