White Water Rafting Day for WTBL residents

Wormley and Turnford Big Local’s Rafting Day at Lee Valley White Water Centre

 On 27 April, 15 people, most of them from Wormley and Turnford, attended a rafting session at Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross. The organisers were a bit worried as Saturday morning didn’t look particularly warm and sunny however almost everyone turned up! This project was led by the Wormley and Turnford Big Local and delivered in partnership with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Breda Higgins, Turnford resident, said:

I'm so happy I participated in the event. I was pushed well out of my comfort zone and I surprised myself on how adventurous I am for an old lady of 60 years. Yes I'm extremely interested in any other outdoor event arranged and thank you so much for the opportunity in doing rafting.

Jack Pringle, Sport Development Officer from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority added:

 It’s great to receive such positive feedback from Wormley and Turnford Big Local following their rafting experience at Lee Valley White Water Centre. The group’s visit is a great example of how the Community Access Fund has provided many with the opportunity to access and enjoy sports, some of which communities across the region would have be unable to participate in without funding.  The fund has also introduced and enabled many to enjoy the wide variety of venues and activities on offer across Lee Valley Regional Park.

Michal Siewniak, Community Development Manager for Wormley and Turnford Big Local concluded:

Although it was cold, windy and rather wet, it seems like all participants had a great time. We were pleased to see so many smiling faces after the whole experience. It was also great to see people of different ages who were courageous enough to give rafting a go. We hope that this is only a beginning of a fruitful partnership with the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. We hope to deliver many more initiatives and activities for our residents.


The Community Access Fund was created by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to enable community, special needs and youth groups to access sports, outdoor learning, attractions and open space provision that would otherwise be precluded by cost. It aims to make a difference to the lives of people across the region and give them a chance to take advantage of the world-class venues and activities that can be found at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and in the wider Lee Valley Regional Park.

There is a broad range of opportunities available, from white water rafting and VeloPark track sessions through to horse riding and ice skating – essentially any activity that can be done at a Lee Valley Regional Park Authority venue can be undertaken, with all costs potentially covered by the fund.

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