Discount to try out white water rafting

Interested in trying outdoor pursuits like water sports? A special discount to celebrate London 2012 is being offered at the National Water Sports Centre to try white water rafting.

Nottinghamshire County Council is offering visitors the chance to try out the white water course at off peak times from April. Prices will fall from £45 to £30, for an individual rafter and £270 to £200 for a group raft on the ‘Off Peak’ sessions.

The sessions give thrill-seekers three runs on the white water course under the expert eye of some of the country’s most experienced raft guides.

It is a further boost for the white water course in Holme Pierrepoint which last month featured on the new Get Involved series, in front of an audience of ten million viewers on TV channel Sky Sports News, which aims to encourage people to try a range of different sports across the UK.

Elsewhere, the National Water Sports Centre plans to freeze prices for a number of key activities such as gym membership and trying a range of other water sports. The Sports Hall on site is also available for hire at competitive rates for community groups.

Steve Bradley, Group Manager for Cultural and Enrichment Services at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “One of the reasons for introducing the discount is to celebrate Olympics year and promote water sports to new audiences. Another is to try to encourage even more use of the white water course in off-peak times.”

Coucillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community who approved the charges said: “While it is a challenging economic climate for everyone at the moment we have worked very hard to keep water sports as affordable and accessible as possible for people and encourage people who have not tried the sports to have a go.

“We are pleased to be able to hold prices on a range of services we offer.”

Other plans include keeping the centre’s gym membership fees the same as 2011/2012, and acting on feedback from customers, the centre plans to introduce women-only sessions and a new kids club on the ski tow cableway for the 2012/13 season.

For more details about the new fees for a range of activities at the National Water Sports Centre, visit its website: