Local school benefits as Hartpury students teach teamwork to pupils

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Pupils from Longney School, near Hardwicke, negotiated an ‘acid river’ as they completed a series of Krypton Factor style challenges set by Hartpury’s outdoor adventure students.

Twenty-six nine to 11-year-olds from the Gloucester school visited the Hartpury campus to work with seven second year outdoor adventure students, who were able to gain valuable experience working with children and running an event.

Two groups of students, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, took the young people through a series of team and thought-based interactive tasks including ‘acid river’ – gradually removing mats to make it more difficult to find a way across - and transporting a golf ball through a series of individual tubes towards its goal, known as marble run.

Hartpury’s Outdoor Adventure lecturer, Sally Young, said: “The experience that both our students and the Longney pupils have gained during these activities will be invaluable. For the students, it’s a chance for them to work with children ahead of their work placements in France and Spain and for the children from Longney, it was a great opportunity for them to do something a bit different from their day-to-day classroom work and learn all about the importance of teamwork.”

Sally and her students are no strangers to running these events, having spent time in their first year running sessions for other primary schools.

After spending the morning working towards goals in team-based activities, the Longney pupils got a chance to compete a series of sports-based games in a ‘mini-Olympics’ during their afternoon session.

With Hartpury College ideally situated to take advantage of the Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills, Black Mountains, South Cerney and the River Wye, our Outdoor Adventure students have excellent access to a variety of centres and plenty of opportunities for practical experience.

Our BTEC Level Two and Three courses provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of outdoor adventure – principles and practices – as well as opportunities to gain work experience on the Extended Level Three programme.

This year’s graduating students from the course boast 100% employment in the UK, France and Spain, working for a variety of companies such as PGL, Acorn and Rockley.

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