Our Impact


Please download our most recent annual report and accounts here.

Our recent highlights:

  • Engagement with over 10,000 unique paying visitors, ranging from those getting qualified at the top end of the coaching pathway for the key adventure sport disciplines to hosting of elite teams taking full advantage of our unrivalled setting in Snowdonia.

  • This included qualifying over 370 leaders, coaches and instructors, who are estimated to directly impact on circa 81,000 participants annually (based on independent research conducted by the Mountain Training Association, British Cycling and British Canoeing).

  • We had a year-round programme of instruction, running 506 web-based public courses, providing some 3,200 course places. Once private bookings (for individuals through to provision for organisations and business, adventure days and schools) are factored in, this number increases to nearly 550 courses with attendance by over 6,100 individuals. Nearly 5,500 customers engaged with our skills courses.

  • We continue to be the market-leader for Mountain Training awards, providing the full range of courses from the entry-level Hill and Mountain Skills to the professional Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. This included the provision of some 257 training and assessment places at the top end of the Mountain Training qualification scheme (i.e. International Mountain Leader, Mountaineering Instructor Award and Certificate), significantly more than any other provider. These course candidates are being trained to directly coach, instruct and leader others, in a wide range of settings, often training others who in turn work directly with a diverse range of customers.

  • We continue to maintain an outstanding record in safety management, with an embedded safety culture recognised by many within the industry as the gold standard.

  • There were over 45 CPD events run, which attracted attendance by over 1,300 delegates, an uplift from the previous year. These events bring together practitioners from across the UK and beyond to share learning, transfer good practice and raise standards. The reach of this is in the region of 60,000 participants. An example included the Duke of Edinburgh Award Wales Expedition Festival, which attracted over 70 residential delegates. Our instructors taught navigation skills, first aid and delivered Lowland Leader Training and Assessment courses to the delegates. The impact of this festival is far-reaching, with each of the delegates going on to work with a number of young people in a wide range of educational and community setting.

  • We supported a broad range of other activity providers from across the UK by accommodating requests to spend time with us to observe delivery in action.

  • We have continued to offer support to the adventure sport governing bodies and the other national outdoor centres, ensuring a strong UK-wide network, with a focus on getting more people active in the outdoors. Staff attended and contributed to a wide range of National Governing Bodies of Sport strategic, technical and development groups, including Mountain Training, BMC, British Cycling and British Canoeing.

  • Delivery of the first Adventure Sports Coaching Conference, bringing together over 50 delegates drawn from academia, research and coaching to examine the role of coach educators and developers in adventure sports.

  • Our total reach in 2017/8 was over 150,000 participants.

  • We made full use of Plas y Brenin’s inspirational environment – from hosting elite sporting teams to working with a local high-end events company. We strengthened our links with Canoe Wales, hosting the Welsh slalom team throughout the autumn period as well as hosting competitive slalom events. In July 2017, we again hosted the Snowman Triathlon.

  • We continued to provide a range of support to memorial trusts focused on adventure activity. This included instruction to 150 participants on the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust courses, which include a youth alpine skills training programme delivered in the Chamonix valley, and Scottish winter mountaineering training. Plus, we continue to work with the James Brownhill Memorial Trust, awarding 8 volunteer leaders within university clubs bursaries to attend the Scottish winter mountaineering programme so they can return and improve the skills of their peers and a further 5 places on part-funded bursaries for NGB mountain qualifications in order to lead university clubs safely.

  • We supported the local mountain rescue teams, providing specific training to the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, in addition to supporting the fund-raising efforts of local community-based groups. Instructional support was provided to a range of local community events including both the Trefriw and the Snowdonia Walking Festivals.

  • Throughout the year we ran an extensive public lecture programme, with a wide range of free public interest talks attracting circa 2,500 attendees. Topics ranged from weekly talks by Plas y Brenin instructors on their adventures across the globe, to those focused on the local history, heritage and environment. This included hosting talks by the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, the Snowdonia Bat Group and a local farmer who is responsible for shepherding in Cwm Idwal.

  • We welcomed a number of local groups to use the meeting facilities at Plas y Brenin, frequently without charge. These included North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation, Clwb Mynydda Gogledd Cymru, The Snowdonia Society, Snowdonia National Park, The National Trust, Friends of St Julitta's Church, Capel Curig Community Council and BMC Cymru/Wales.