Published on Sunday, 5th November 2017

The Portsmouth Outdoor Centre is an excellent facility that many people do not even know exists. Located near the Harvester on Eastern Road, its primary purpose is to provide access to water sports. Built in the early 1990s, the site has been operated by Parkwood Leisure on behalf of the City Council and has provided a chance for thousands of young people to experience activities such as sailing and windsurfing.


The council has now struck a deal with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Trust for it to take over the running of the centre. This will see it donate £158,000 worth of charitable event per year, including residential courses and outreach to kids from poorer backgrounds - both directly and through schools. As a charity, it should be able to secure funds from private benefactors and the lottery in a way that a public body cannot.


Children living in the UK’s only island city should grow up feeling comfortable on the water. This deal will ensure they have the opportunity.


Tags: Leisure