• Emma’s Swimming Tips – Part 2: Building Confidence

    Another thing to practice is getting children confident with having water over their faces and their heads. Some ideas you can use in the bath are: Pouring water over different body parts. Playing a game such as Simon Says (or Mummy Says/Daddy Says/Big Sister says…) brings an element of fun to it – “Simon Says […]

  • Emma’s Swimming Tips – Part 1: Blowing Bubbles

      “Learning to blow bubbles is a vital skill which is useful for all levels, particularly when starting to swim unaided and when learning side breathing.” This break has been brought upon very suddenly and while I know we have lots of children who are missing their weekly lessons, hopefully with some of the activities […]

  • Remote Working 101 – The New Normal

      It’s week four of working from home, also known as the 64th March 2020… We’ve just run out of milk, meaning I’m having to resort to drinking black coffee, my solar powered calculator no longer works as it’s too dark in my “bedroom-come-office” workspace, and Alexa won’t even tell me a joke anymore, as […]

  • Woodrow’s Parenting 101 – Getting Crafty in a Crisis

      I never envisaged this situation…  Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is certainly the biggest test of my lifetime and has made me look very closely at all those things and simple pleasures that I, along with many others, took for granted.  As we approach almost two weeks of lockdown, it is fair to say that my family has had its fair share of challenges in trying to keep […]

  • The Women of Woodrow – Skirts and High Heels

    During the first week in my current role, a young male outdoor instructor boldly stated when I introduced myself “You don’t look like a Head of Centre”. “So, what does a Head of Centre look like?” I asked. “For one, they don’t wear skirts and high heels!” he replied very matter of factly.  I smiled and […]

  • The Women of Woodrow – Women in Sport

    Growing up I knew I always wanted to work in sport. An office job just isn’t in my nature, I have to be on the move. My passion for sport was something that set me aside from others – I was always the only girl playing football in the playground, sometimes on my own as […]

  • The Women of Woodrow – Women in the Outdoor Industry

    Celebrated on the 8th March, International Women’s Day has gathered a huge amount of traction over the last few years as PEOPLE. GET. WOKE. The outdoor industry is commonly (and incorrectly) regarded as a boy’s club, with limited space for women. This International Women’s Day, we are challenging this damaging stereotype in an interview with […]

  • Why Outdoor Learning Matters

    If I asked you what some of your fondest childhood memories entailed, many of you would reflect on experiences such as riding your bicycle for the first time; exploring the woods, playing with leaves and conkers, and climbing trees; building secret dens or constructing sandcastles on the beach; scaling a jungle gym or kicking a […]

  • New Challenge Course at Woodrow High House

    What a fantastic couple of days it was at Woodrow for the volunteers from NBCUniversal on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014. Finally a new ‘challenge’ course has been created to enable London Youth to offer more activities to teenage young people who visit Woodrow, adding a more physical challenge to the range of sessions […]

  • Funding Boost For Woodrow Sports Centre

    Woodrow Sport Centre has received a grant of over £33,133 from Sport England through the Inspired Facilities Fund to extend and improve the changing facilities at the Swim School. To date Inspired Facilities has helped over 1,300 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities. The Woodrow […]