COACH seek companies to tender for Outdoor Activity provision

By September 1, 2016News

The Trustees of COACH (The Centre for Outdoor Activity & Community Hub) are tendering out a licence to provide outdoor education and community activity from it facilities.

We welcome proposals from interested parties. More information about the project can be found on this website

COACH has:

  1. A large boathouse that contains an extensive range of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, katakanus and rowing boats.  Access to the river is via new access steps above and below the weir.
  2. Changing Rooms and toilets
  3. A café
  4. A large meeting room
  5. A small meeting room (evening use as a café during the day)
  6. An indoor “Outdoor” classroom
  7. An office

COACH has access to a low ropes course at Castle school and has approximately 30 Mountain Bikes at the school as well.  Strong links have also been developed with SASP, the County Sports Partnership, who have loaned equipment.  The neighbouring 65 acre Longrun Meadow is a rich resource for a wide range of activities: sporting, environmental and team building.


The Trustees are looking for an outside provider to run a wide range of educational, community and corporate activities.  We have strong support from the Taunton Learning Partnership, which consists of the 28 local schools, FE colleges and independent schools.  They are keen to use COACH for a wide range of activities, both sporting and environmental.  They appreciate and value the impact outdoor learning can have on the personal and social skills of their pupils.  Our vision was that COACH would be an educational centre during the day and host a wide range of community activities in the evenings, weekends and holidays.  There is also a great potential to tap into the commercial and corporate markets.

It is proposed that whoever is awarded the contract support local apprentices and the host community sports clubs at COACH

Expressions of interest are invited by Friday 23rd September.  Your proposals should include your vision, previous experience, your business plan and how you see your organisation working in partnership with COACH.  We appreciate that programmes and delivery will evolve over time.

Please email proposals to Dave Bullock –

Please don’t hesitate to call Dave on 07834 590883 if you require additional information or wish to have a look around the site.