LOPC has been inspected to ensure that our work is meeting recognised standards for safety and quality.

We are pleased to announce that we passed all these inspections with glowing reports and now have the following:

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority License for Climbing, Trekking and Watersports
  • British Canoeing Activity Provider Quality Mark
  • Adventuremark Accreditation
  • Ofsted Registration for 5 - 16 year old childcare
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider - Expedition Section
  • Official Go Canoeing Provider
  • National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Awarding Centre

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Holder

LOPC has been awarded the Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) for the standard of activity provision delivered to School groups.

The LOtC Quality Badge is intended to assist schools in identifying external LOtC providers who deliver good quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively.

What does this mean for Schools using the Centre?

Both Leicester City and Leicestershire County Local Authorities recommend the use of the LOtC Quality Badge to all their Schools, Establishments and Groups.

They do not require information from LOtC Badged Providers that duplicates details provided by the Quality Badge Criteria.

More information from the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel can be found here

More information on the Quality Badge can be found here

Adventure Activities Licence

Adventure Activities Licence Holder

The aim of adventure activities licensing is to provide assurances to the public about the safety of those activity providers who have been granted a licence.  In this way it is expected that young people will be able to continue to enjoy exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks of death or disabling injury.

A licence indicates that the provider has been inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, with particular attention being paid to their safety management systems with young people, and has been able to demonstrate compliance with nationally accepted standards of good practice in the delivery of adventure activities to young people, with due regard to the benefits and risks of the activity.'

More information can be found here

British Canoeing Activity Provider Quality Mark

British Canoeing Quality Mark Holder

All centres promoted by British Canoeing undergo a rigorous approval process and are awarded our Activity Quality Mark. They provide the highest standards in safety, coaching and activities. Centres employ professional qualified staff and provide a structured way to get started through beginner courses and starter sessions.

More information on the scheme can be found here

Adventuremark (AAIAC)

Adventuremark Holder

Adventuremark is a non-statutory safety accreditation scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing regulations. AAIAC has appointed Adventure Activity Associates Ltd. to operate Adventuremark on its behalf.

The Adventuremark accreditation allows LOPC to demonstrate to our customers that the potential risks of adventure activities have been inspected and found to meet the AAIAC Provider Accreditation standards which define “good practice” in the adventure activity industry.

More information can be found here

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider - Expedition Section

DofE Approved Activity Provider

An Approved Activity Provider (AAP) is an organisation which has been granted a licence by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to provide Expedition, Residential and/or Volunteering opportunities to participants.

The AAP licence is a quality standard on an organisation's activity meeting the programme and sectional requirements of the DofE.

In order to hold a licence, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will have been satisfied that the respective programmes offered by AAPs will meet the requirements of the DofE Expedition, Residential and/or Volunteering section.

More information can be found here

Official Go Canoeing Provider

Official Go Canoeing Provider

Go Canoeing works with a number of high quality canoe providers that deliver a wide range of fantastic Go Canoeing Guided Tours. Perfect for everyone, no matter what their interests or ability, Guided Tours are a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

More information can be found here

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Awarding Centre

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) Awarding Centre

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

LOPC is accredited to provide Level 1 and 2 courses.

More information can be found here