Liverpool Watersports Centre is part of Local Solutions, a charity working with disadvantaged groups around the Liverpool City Region and North Wales. At the heart of the centre, is a commitment to make watersports accessible to everyone and this is reflected in the mix of customers at the centre including visitors to the city, local people enjoying the activities on offer and visits by schools and groups working with disadvantaged groups.
The centre started on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in 1979 when Local Solutions procured some canoes and an old narrow boat and started to offer trips along the canal to young people from disadvantaged areas of the city. In 1994, the centre moved to a purpose built building and current home in Queens Dock so that a wider range of activities could be offered to the whole community.
Today, Liverpool Watersports Centre is a thriving centre providing a diverse range of affordable and fun watersport activities to the local community, school groups. The centre is used by groups working with disadvantaged people as a way to boost wellbeing, self-esteem and skills.
LWC is also a key part of the offer to visitors to the city and won the award for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the 2017 LCR Tourism Awards. The centre plays an active role in the events at the docks, including the Pirate Festival and the River Festival. Take a look at our tripadvisor reviews to see how our visitors enjoyed the centre.
Right in the heart of the city centre, with views of the Liverpool waterfront and looking up to the Anglican cathedral. Visitors can enjoy the incredible views, be right at the heart of the city and still relax and enjoy the activities on offer.
Extending our offer for people with disabilities
The centre is currently developing its offer for people with disabilities. This started with running a successful fundraising campaign for the new Wheelyboat involving the customers at LWC. This campaign will now extend to other watersports equipment that will make it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy as many activities as possible
Investing in the local community
As a social enterprise, customers can enjoy the activities at the centre, knowing that profits are re-invested into making watersports accessible to local disadvantaged groups and into the work of the charity, Local Solutions.