The Outdoor Academy staff team’s overall aim is to ensure your day is fun, safe and unforgettable. The team are passionate about the outdoors, have a wealth of knowledge and are highly skilled. They have been chosen for their relaxed and friendly approach, their professionalism and experience.
The Heart & Soul
Dave has worked in the outdoor industry for over 25 years delivering and managing both water and land based activities whilst specialising in outdoor youth development. In 2007, using his extensive knowledge, experience and passion for the outdoors, Dave set up and continues to manage, Outdoor Academy, a leading and successful activity centre in Berkshire.
His dedication in providing a service to engage young people with challenging behaviours and learning difficulties continues to meet education needs and client welfare. Dave’s ultimate passion is spending time in the outdoors developing skills across a vast selection of sports and sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.
As a director of Outdoor Academy, Sharon works closely with the team to deliver a range of exciting programmes. Her passion for the outdoors and positive outlook combined with her vast amount of knowledge equips her to work with all ages and abilities. Sharon has been honoured with a Long Service recognition from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for her commitment and dedication to young people. Sharon is a keen Mountain Biker and travels all over Europe to enjoy the technical terrain.
Jen keeps the finance on track, if you have any questions relating to sales, purchases or general finance queries, then she is your first port of call. For 9 years, Jen was the Business Manager for Outdoor Academy, and although she’s now part-time, she has a wealth of knowledge about the company.
Ed joined us as part of an apprenticeship scheme in September 2019. Ed is keen and enthusiastic for the outdoors, he brings his knowledge and skill from awards such as the Sports Leaders Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are honoured to have Ed as part of the team and we are looking forward to seeing him grow into a qualified outdoor instructor!