Magical memories made on expedition to the Welsh mountains for outdoor education students.
Telford College outdoor education students pitted their wits against the power of Mother Nature on an action-packed expedition to Wales – and returned with memories which will last a lifetime.
The 13 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Education) students, from the King Street campus, were pushed out of their comfort zones on the four-day trip.
They took part in a host of activities including white water rafting, surfing, mountain biking, tobogganing, caving, gorge walking, coasteering, and axe throwing.
Tutor Nikki Cameron-Small said: “The trip allowed students to take part in alternative pursuits as part of their final unit of work.
“I am passionate about the importance of participating in outdoor and adventurous activities, as they offer an alternative to the traditional team and individual competitive sports which dominate our schools.
“Participants get chance to challenge themselves against the different aspects presented by each activity, and the natural environment.”
As part of the expedition, students had to develop advanced skills in at least two activities to distinction level, with mountain biking and white water rafting the most popular choices.
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The trip included a tour of the North Wales region and visit to Pen-y-Gwryd at the foot of Snowdon – a classic mountaineers’ hotel where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his conquest of Mount Everest.
Students stepped back in time to see some equipment used for the expedition, and pictures of Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, on the summit. There was also time to visit Plas-y-Brenin, the National Mountain Centre.
Nikki said: “The expedition gave students a chance to see different organisations and a range of provision for outdoor and adventurous activities and alternative pursuits, which educated them on a variety of career and employability opportunities.
“It was a great success, and each of the students grew in confidence and knowledge, raising their aspirations.”
The students, who are all from Telford, say the course has set them up for fulfilling careers – and left them with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Outdoor education student Kieran Stott said:
“I participated in activities that I never could have seen myself taking part in, and got loads out of it.”
Cullum Edge said: “It opened my eyes to what we have in Britain in terms of fun activities, and has broadened my awareness.”
Kai Owen added: “Great teaching and friends have been made. I couldn’t have selected a better course to develop me as a whole person, and not just academically. Memories for a lifetime have been made.”
Jake Burns said the course had inspired him to try surfing again, and look at a career in the outdoors.
And Sam Foskett added: “I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do any of these activities without taking this course; it has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.”
Rhys Harrhy said there was nothing like spending four days making ‘friendships for life and developing an understanding on the outdoor industry’.
Matthew Naylor described it as a ‘great experience’, and Madeleine O’Nyons said: “This expedition and course has set me up for life as I head off to university.”