On Friday 18th December, Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, made a socially distanced visit to TNR Outdoors in Llangollen to meet with the directors and to discuss the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on outdoor adventure and training experiences.
TNR has three business areas: TNR Coaching, TNR Outdoors and TNR Targets. TNR Coaching specialises in running first class coaching and training courses. TNR Outdoors provides high quality outdoor adventure experiences in Llangollen, North Wales and across the UK, Europe and sometimes further afield. And TNR Targets is a recent venture: a specialist, purpose built indoor target sports centre on the top floor of TNR’s premises in the converted 19th Century Industrial Mile End Mill in Llangollen.
During the visit, Mr Baynes, who is also a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Outdoor Learning, discussed some of the issues facing the industry and the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic as well as TNR Outdoors’ future plans for the Mile End Mill premises.
Tom Robinson, Director of TNR Outdoors, said:
“TNR is run by my business partners, Richard Witheridge, Adam Robson and myself. We share a passion for the outdoors and for giving our customers the best experience they can have. Founded in 2015, we wanted TNR to be different, we wanted to offer activities to suit every budget so we looked at offering a wide range of time scales from an hour to a day to a full week.
“In 2019 we relocated to our current location, Mile End Mill on the A5 in Llangollen, the gateway to North Wales. We were the first tenants since 1983 and as such it was in a poor state of repair. We invested heavily in the building's infrastucture, repairing windows, completely renewing the electrics and building our office, a toilet, a shop and of course our fantastic target sports facility. We continue to improve everything we do from the equipment we use, the facilities we have and the experiences we deliver.”
Simon Baynes MP said:
“I was delighted to make a socially-distanced visit to TNR Outdoors and see the impressive facilities they have on offer. I understand that like so many industries and sectors, the pandemic has impacted their activities. So I was grateful to be able to gain a greater insight into just how important this sector is for our local people and economy.
“I was particularly impressed to hear about the training that they provide in Llangollen for the emergency services from not only Wales but across the UK. They are one of only four emergency services training centres in the UK, and therefore play a vital role during the Covid-19 crisis.
“As a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Outdoor Learning, I know just how beneficial facilities like TNR Outdoors are, not only in providing educational opportunities, but also for physical activity and mental health. And I want to thank the team at TNR Outdoors for welcoming me to their venue and for showing me just how much the site has to offer.”