The Practical Training Hub


Confucius (a famous philosopher) once said:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

When it comes to training, the sentiment behind this quote is exactly what drives us! We strive to provide an active, practical and engaging training environment to help create the best trained and most confident individuals possible .


What is The Practical Training Hub?

Accidents and emergencies don’t happen in the classroom, so why train in one!

The Practical Training Hub was designed and created to provide a realistic and ‘life like’ training environment so that attendees do not have to ‘imagine’ an instructor described environment/ situation, instead, they can be immersed within an environment especially created to be as close to the ‘real thing’ as can be achieved.

We truly believe that face to face training in realistic environments is the best way for not only participants to learn, but also for them to feel confident, so, it is our ambition to facilitate some of the most interactive and realistic face to face training in the country, regardless of the level of training.

Learn or practice in a unique and realistic training environment

Regardless of the training that you are undertaking, its fair to say that no one wants to sit in front of a trainer reading from power point, however, with training often delivered from a ‘standard’ classroom with limited ‘break out’ rooms/spaces, unfortunately, this is often what is delivered.

The site itself has everything you would expect from a training location including ample free parking, toilets a café and seated area for between sessions along with several training rooms, however, it also has a custom built 3550 square foot multi-room training environment with multiple themed rooms including a staff room with kitchenette, office, bathroom, workspace, corridors and outdoor compound; all to provide the most realistic, engaging and practical training available!

Outdoor training compound

In addition to the large indoor themed training environment, there is also a secure and private outdoor compound which is perfect for bringing a variety of outdoor training to life.

This space is ideal for staging a variety of accidents and incidents, either for learners to consider and discuss rather than have to imagine, or, more often than not, to allow for active participation! The compound also has dedicated training vehicles to allow for scenarios involving vehicles as well as providing an open space to allow for gas fire rigs to be used for fire extinguisher training!

Watch and listen, from a distance

The facility is equipped with audio and visual recording abilities which can be viewed live in a control room by a trainer or other participants and facilitates visual self-analysis and/or critical examination after a set task has been undertaken. This media can also be provided to take away after the session for further review or evidence of competence.

There is also the option to change the audio and visual environment within the facility by reducing lighting levels, having flashing and/or strobe lighting, a variety of background noises and even smoke and/or pyrotechnics; all to make training as realistic and varied as possible.

Everything you need

Training rooms

For when a training room is required, there are several training/meeting rooms to provide a modern environment to learn in with large screen TV’s to allow for visual presentations and videos material to be shown.

Onsite cafe

When not engaged in training, its great to have access to a completely different space to allow for ‘down time’. With the onsite cafe and seating area, you can not only access a different space to unwind, but also be provided with a selection of hot and cold food and drink.

Free parking

Parking, like oxygen, often isn’t important until there isn’t any, however, with designated customer parking directly outside the venue within a large free car park, there is plenty of space for those attending any event.

Meet the team

We are constantly investing in our venue and equipment and aim to provide an outstanding customer experience and always try to be as open and transparent as possible. We want those who we deal with us to not only know our name, but also what we look like and a little about us; this is so that you know exactly who you are dealing with.

Meet TJ

TJ has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the outdoor pursuits sector and the outdoors in general through working for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe as the Chief Instructor for their flag ship centre, working for the British Canoe Union as a Local Coaching Organiser as well as the Institute of Outdoor Learning as an internal verifier; helping to develop outdoor practitioners. In addition to his outdoor experience, TJ has held several senior management roles both within the outdoor industry as well as in his spare time where he volunteers for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where he leads the South West Area paddlesports management team; responsible for helping roughly 4000 volunteers and cadets become active within paddle sports.

TJ has also attended Worcester University where he completed an FdSC in Paramedic Science, qualifying him as a Paramedic. Since qualifying, TJ has worked for a number of years for the South Western Ambulance Service as well as being an active first aid trainer; passing on his knowledge and experience in a pragmatic and practical way.

Meet Laura

Laura has been involved in the outdoors and especially paddlesports since she was 10 as a flat water kayaking; starting off as a racer as a way of keeping fit and making new friends but then competing in sprint K1, K2 and K4 as well as marathon K1 and K2 at a national level and achieved many medals and trophies as well as becoming a national champion in her class in K1 500m.

Laura worked for many years as an instructor, head of stores and assistant chief instructor for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe and also volunteers with the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where she provides activities to children aged 10-18.

Laura is usually the first person you meet when you attend our Newport site and not only keeps everything organised, cleaned and stocked, but also runs the onsite cafe; a lady with many talents!

Not just a training facilitator

Diverse Coaching Ltd

Diverse Coaching Ltd is the company behind The Practical Training Hub, however, we also have two great leisure activities which are great for families, friends, groups and corporate team building, these are R.A.P.T.O.R and Alpha Ops.


This is the UK’s first known electronic interactive paintball range which uses ‘magazine fed’ paintball markers to create a realistic, fun and competitive shooting activity without the dangers of using ‘live’ ammunition or the pain normally associated with paintball.

Alpha Ops

Carry out covert surveillance using high tech equipment, discover the building layout, identify and overcome security measures such as laser grids and pressure sensitive floors and adapt when things dont go to plan! You have two hours to plan and execute the perfect break-in!

You’ve seen how its done in the movies…….but can you pull off the ultimate break-in without getting caught?