Last year Leaside had over 11,000 user visits.

Continuing our inclusion policy, we work with a range of young people with Special Needs. Six of the schools that use us are for children with behavioural or learning needs and three of the groups are Pupil Referral Units, for children who have been excluded from the main schools system.

Last year we delivered 156 Recreational sessions to young people after school, at weekends and during school holidays, benefitting 134 young people.

Of these participants 64 achieved at least one Outdoor Activities qualification which the young people are able to put on their CVs and applications to further education:

11 young people achieved their Paddle Power Award
45 young people achieved their 1, 2 and 3 Star Awards
8 young people achieved their First Aid and Foundation Rescue Awards and were trained in the UKCC Level 1 Coach training programme, of which 7 were awarded the Level 1 Coaching qualification. This is a National Governing Body qualification which enables them to gain employment as outdoor activity coaches.

Last year we took young people on 15 outdoor activity trips outside of London, including trips to Cornwall and the River Dart and regional and national canoe races all over the UK. These trips encourage our young members’ sense of confidence, motivation and achievement and for some it is their first time out of Hackney.

In the London Youth Games, Leaside represented the London Borough of Hackney and came 3rd overall.