Sport students take on the great outdoors - Bridgwater & Taunton College

BTC’s Level 3 Sport cohort have just returned from our annual residential trip to the Sealyham Activity Centre in Haverfordwest, West Wales. During the week students took part in a range of outdoor activities including surfing, coasteering, climbing, kayaking, archery and high ropes. This year was the first year that both the Bridgwater and Taunton campuses went on the trip together, resulting in over 50 students having an experience that they will never forget.

Charley Wright, Sport lecturer said,

“Students took on some huge challenges. They were motivating and enthusiastic throughout and have done themselves and the college proud.”

Starting a new college can be a daunting prospect for students and this trip gives the opportunity for them to develop effective working relationships with their peers that will enable them to be successful on their programme. Students from Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science, Level 3 Sport and Active IQ Fitness Instructing courses benefited from the challenges presented this week, where they are expected to learn new skills and deliver these to their peers.

Steve Adams, Activity Manager at Sealyham Activity Centre said,

“It’s been a pleasure working with the students, helping them to develop their interpersonal skills and activity-based skills, in the various activities that they have helped to deliver this week, and developing their historical and environmental knowledge.”

The experiences shared by students on this trip will bond them for a lifetime, whether it was swimming with seals whilst coasteering, overcoming fears of the dark and working as a team to build a shelter during bivvi, or maintaining composure whilst abseiling or bouldering through small spaces. The students have developed as young adults, learning essential skills including independence, resilience, time management organisation and communication.

Alex Leach, Course Leader for Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science said:

“The trip to the Sealyham Activity Centre is a vital part of the student experience, it enables them the opportunity to develop confidence, build resilience and develop effective working relationships with their peers. It was great seeing students overcoming their fear of heights during climbing and coasteering, develop new skills whilst kayaking and surfing, and developing skills and qualities that will enable them to be successful on their programmes. I would like to thank the staff at the Sealyham Activity Centre for delivering yet another fantastic experience.”

Find out about the range of Sport, Coaching and Fitness courses available at BTC here.

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