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About the Adventure For All Professional Practice Group


The Adventure for All (AfA) PPG was formed through the joining of the independent organisation “Adventure for All” with IOL. The members of AfA are either specialist providers of outdoor leaning for people with disabilities or those with a significant interest in this field. The main activity of the group is an annual conference, usually held at one of the specialist provider centres, where new ideas are shared and best practice is discussed.

To promote participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs as well as to share ideas and agree best practice in the safe delivery of activities. This will be done through the PPG’s annual conference and discussion forums as well as presenting to others at conferences and through articles in Horizons. Representation or lobbying at NGB level will be made where appropriate.

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Adventure for All PPG Committee

Chair - Graeme Hill - Email Graeme

Secretary - John Ford

Committee: - Chelsea North, Ben Walmsley, Amanda Wild, Dave Hollingham, Marcus Cross, Nick Liley




The IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group is committed to shaping and developing good practice in safety, inclusion and participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs.



IOL Accredited Training

Attend an IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group event and benefit from the experience, passion and collective wisdom of professionals in the field.

Climbing for All is a one day course providing an introduction to instructing disabled people in climbing. The course has now been delivered for over 11 years and was developed by Adventure for All and Mountain Training England and Association of Mountaineering Instructors.




Get in touch with the committee to get answers to your question no matter if it is big or small.


Adventure for All Events

Adventure for All News

Outdoor Learning Sector Survey report
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Outdoor Learning Sector Survey report

Reporting context

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across all areas of the Outdoor Learning sector. The sector provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy and is also starting to experience the influence of rising energy costs, staffing challenges and a ‘cost of living’ squeeze on parental spending power. This survey has been specifically requested by the DCMS to provide informed evidence about the immediate and future support requirements of the varied domestic outdoor learning delivery models in the UK. We recognise that whilst education and youth services are devolved issues for Home Nations, ownership or responsibility for outdoor learning organisations and their education and youth services can be UK wide.

Report Summary
Much of the sector is making a good recovery from the short-term impacts of the pandemic. This masks some underlying challenges that many providers anticipate will impact them. The ‘4 big threats’ are Energy costs, Staffing shortages, Parental spending power and Very high inflation.


27% of providers responding to this survey have experienced growth in excess of 20%, compared to pre-pandemic levels. Some of this is driven by a desire by schools to ensure those that missed out in 2020 and 2021 can access the benefits of outdoor learning and may not repeat.

A third of providers have seen turnover decrease in the last year and the confidence levels for the medium to short term are not high. 45% of providers say they are unsure or not confident of future booking trends over 6-24 months, rising to 53% for more than 2 years.

Whilst providers will welcome government funding to support workforce development, resource development and assistance in reaching children and young people, their biggest concern is the funding of outdoor learning activity provision.

Read or download the summary report PDF here

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Adventure for All PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of like-minded organisations and individuals who have a particular interest in including people with disabilities in outdoor learning.

Is membership of the AfA PPG for me?

If you are an organisation with a significant number of participants with disabilities, an individual with an interest in inclusion or wish to target this customer sector, then you are likely to benefit from membership and involvement with the group. In addition, people with disabilities and wider society are likely to benefit from your participation as your experience can contribute to the body of knowledge shared between us and others offering outdoor learning.

Which client groups are included in AfA PPG considerations?

Although the majority of the topics focus on those with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments, these are not exclusive. If special considerations are needed to assist someone participate in outdoor learning then the members are likely to have both an interest and some experience which may be able to help, as there are crossovers of teaching and learning between various impairment groups. Notable work in the past has focussed on those with autism, mental health issues, old age and chronically overweight participants.

What do I get from joining the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a discussion forum where new ideas are scrutinised and best practice is shared. Although there are some e-discussions during the year the main event is the annual 2-day conference (invariably held at a specialist centre for those with disabilities). This is a low cost networking and sharing event where relationships are built so members have the confidence to pick up and ask colleagues for help or advice during the rest of the year.

Can I get specific advice about including those with disabilities from the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of IOL member organisations and individuals, so any advice would be the opinion of that organisation or individual which may or may not be shared across the group. A number of the member organisations do offer disability inclusion advice, and it may be worth contacting these. Alternatively you could attend a conference with the specific agenda item for the whole group to discuss.



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