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The Phoenix Canoe Club and Outdoor Centre is located next to the Welsh Harp reservoir in North London. Phoenix Canoe Club was formed in 2004 and started the Outdoor Centre working with local schools and other community groups in 2011, providing a growing range of adventurous activities. This has grown year on year to meet the demands of the local community and now provides around 10,000 visits per year.

Our Centre is set in a little rural oasis in the middle of the great metropolis close to Wembley National Stadium, offering a warm welcome to the many young people that take part in our activities. We have modern water sports equipment and a wealth of great coaches and instructors.

We are planning the much needed (and long awaited) redevelopment of our headquarters and grounds in NW9. Our attempt to rebuild in 2020, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and with the current financial climate including Brexit, rising energy costs, cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine, Phoenix is reaching out to the local community, businesses, trusts and foundations for help to get the scheme built.

The redevelopment will provide a modern, purpose-built, accessible and fully equipped outdoor centre as a local community activity hub. As well as increasing capacity for its current water & land-based activities, the function, meeting, training rooms and community café will provide access to the local community, education and business, as well as providing income through private functions.

Working with local community groups and its partners, the Centre will be able to provide a range of leisure and fitness courses. The community café and vegetable garden will provide vocational training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties operated by a partner charity group.

The new accommodation will increase the capacity for both water and land-based activities with the benefits of accessible & inclusive facilities and activities helping to improve people’s physical & mental health, well-being, enriched family connections, employment, community volunteering, training and education opportunities & conservation.

We work with a wide and diverse range of users including primary and secondary schools, further and higher education, SEND schools and groups, pupil referral units, youth and community groups, play schemes, local authorities, charities, local businesses and national governing bodies.

COST FOR NEW BUILD: £2,000,000 plus VAT. Wide range of costs for funding from £10 to £2m.

BENEFITS FOR USERS: Increased capacity for Centre and Club, improved access for people with disabilities, community hub for adventurous activities, lettable function room suite overlooking Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), improved accommodation including changing and shower facilities, climbing wall.

BENEFITS FOR DONORS: Company donations should provide Corporation Tax Relief. For individual donations from eligible donors, HMRC adds an additional 25p for every £1 donated. Sponsorship and naming opportunities. Your funding supports collaboration and engagement in the local community. Technical support and long term supporters welcome. Corporate volunteer days and team building opportunities.

To make a donation, please visit our Givey page.

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Phoenix Canoe Club Limited is a registered charity, no. 1148787 and a company limited by guarantee, registration no. 8002910.  Phoenix Canoe Club and Phoenix Outdoor Centre are trading names of Phoenix Canoe Club Limited.

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