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Delegates take a walk on the wild side at Cardiff’s new incentive destination

Delegates take a walk on the wild side at Cardiff’s new incentive destination

The UK’s first on-demand white water rafting facility has opened its doors to the corporate market for the first time.

The new £13.3 million Cardiff International White Water centre (CIWW), located in the up and coming International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay, offers delegates the chance to participate in a range of team-building white water activities.

Delegates can take part in full or half day courses choosing either flat water or white water activities or a mixture of both. Activities range from canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting to team building and problem solving.

The centre has been constructed in concrete with moveable plastic barriers to create a range of different courses suitable for users, with a range of competencies. There is also the option for the centre to link up with other activity providers, such as Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre and Canoe Wales, to offer delegates the full water sport experience.

The centre offers three meeting spaces. The wet lecture room which is designed for delegates to come straight from the course in their wetsuits, which can hold a maximum of 20 delegates theatre style, the conference room which can hold a maximum of 40 delegates theatre style and the cafe area can also be hired which can hold a maximum of 60 delegates theatre style.

Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Nigel Howells, said:

“The CIWW centre is the latest addition to the International Sports Village and I’m sure it will mirror the success of the facilities already available, including Cardiff International Pool.

“The CIWW provides a new platform to expand Cardiff’s already highly regarded reputation as a world class sporting destination.


“Having had the privilege of being one of the first to try out the course I am positive it will become a firm favourite with adrenaline seeking corporate event organisers looking across the UK and beyond.”

The 250m course was designed by French company, HydroStadium, who have worked on similar courses for the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics. Construction of the CIWW centre has taken less than two years and will be managed by Cardiff Harbour Authority on behalf of the Cardiff City Council.

Eirlys Thomas, head of marketing networks at Visit Wales, said: “Wales is a sporting nation and proud of it. The CIWW centre is the latest venue from a wide range of sporting incentives that Wales can offer the corporate market.
“Corporate event organisers are always looking to break away from the traditional incentive, team-building options but still want to get value for money. The CIWW centre is an example of the diverse range of options we have here in Wales to wow delegates and offer them something a bit different.”

For more information on prices and availability please contact CIWW centre on 0292082 9970 or .

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