WLA: Technical support and training for outdoor education

At WLA we provide NGB award training and assessment for outdoor education, including Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Lowland Leader Award, Hill and Moorland Leader Award, Expedition Skills module, Single Pitch Award and Climbing Wall Award. We also offer Gorge Walking, Coasteering and Tidal Validations.

We also provide technical support for outdoor education practitioners.
To make a technical support enquiry please contact Chris Allen: email chris@wlaplay.com or phone 07812 361064.

Hill & Moorland Leader Award

Lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland

Mountain Leader Award

Lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland

Climbing Wall Award

Supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders

Expedition Skills Module

Lead groups on multi day camping expeditions

Tidal Validation

Training and evaluation in evacuation from a non lower down situation

Gorge Walking Validation

Lead or assist gorge walking activities

Single Pitch Award

Supervise safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags

Lowland Leader Award

Lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions

Coasteering Validation

Lead or assist coasteering activities

“Had an absolutely fantastic weekend with Chris at WLA, was well above and beyond anything I could have expected, very informative and fun at the same time and great to meet someone with so much passion and experience as Chris who has contributed so much in the climbing world. Truly inspiring! Will be heading back over again soon for some more action.” Andy Taylor

Technical support

WLA provides educational and health and safety support for outdoor education centres, activity providers, staff and those who work and play outdoors.

NBG Awards

We offer a full range of National Governing Body training and assessment courses, including hill and mountain and climbing.


We provide gorge walking, coasteering and tidal validations.


WLA (Welsh Leisure Activities) has provided outdoor education training, assessment and technical support across the UK since 1992.

WLA is owned and directed by Chris Allen (MA MIA IOSH) and based in Swansea.

At WLA we believe in independent learning.
We support our learners to be able to make confident and competent decisions on risk benefits,
and to become independent participants and practitioners.