Pioneer Centre

Activity Centre


The Pioneer Centre in Shropshire, part of Action Centres UK Ltd, sees thousands of youngsters pass through its doors every year. They come here to take part in high ropes, climbing and many other outdoor activities and education.

The estate team and senior management agreed that Gripsure’s non-slip decking was the right choice for this busy destination in Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster. Around 254 linear metres of Gripsure Classic decking, with three non-slip inserts, has been installed around the front of the shop area on site and within the low ropes course area. The latest addition adds to other areas of Gripsure decking already completed at the residential centre. These include sections on accessible ramps and steps into staff and activity lodges

Josh Thompson, Head of Centre, said he was pleased with the new low-maintenance, durable decking, which has the highest safety rating on the market.  It’s really good and hardwearing and does exactly what it says,” said Josh. “We have had various bits of decking put in recently. Lots of research goes into price and details and we’ve always stuck with Gripsure.

The Pioneer Centre is part of Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and Action Centres UK, a diverse organisation set up to help and educate young people, mainly through leisure-time activities. Pioneer is situated in stunning countryside on the edge of the Wyre Forest and offers young people the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

There are 18 activities on offer here, including abseiling, climbing and giant swing. Groups of up to 320 guests can also stay on the 25-acre, Canadian-themed site. There are seven en-suite accommodation lodges, which allow smaller groups to remain separate, secure and individually cared for.

Safety is a priority in the centre, which prides itself on its reputation as being a ‘home from home’ for many of the 20,000 or more guests that stay here every year. We have to ensure the area is safe for visitors, which is why we went with Gripsure decking,” said Josh. “We’d definitely recommend them to other businesses.