Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

News - update on all things Alpkit

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre

By Hati Whiteley
23, Oct, 2017

Subsidised climbing and Archery sessions for school pupils at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre

Whether we were always the first choice for the basketball team, or left squirming at the end hoping that someone would take pity and pick us, we all seem to have fond memories of P.E classes here at the AK Foundation. After all, it was an opportunity to run around, be active, and wear ourselves out!

All the same, sometimes we used to wish that P.E would take us out into the mountains, up over the fells, swimming down a river, or at least to the local climbing wall!

So when Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre approached us for funding to get kids out of the classroom to learn skills for the outdoors, we jumped at the chance to give them a hand!

The pupils gained confidence from learning new skills that they wouldn't learn in the classroom

Outdoor education is hugely beneficial to young people. Often involving memorable and inclusive activities which boost social skills, communication, independence and confidence, outdoor education sessions equip kids with skills and practical that they couldn’t learn in the gymnasium or on the basketball courts.

However, many schools do not have the on-site facilities and resources required to provide such activities, which is where Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre in Rochdale comes in. The team at Hollingworth Lake decided to run subsidised sessions for schools; introducing more young people to adventure sports by removing financial barriers to learning.

In the climbing sessions, the pupils learned movement skills, knot tying and belaying

The project was a success, all the activities were fully booked and the school groups had a brilliant time. Students learned movement skills, belaying and knot tying in their climbing classes, built their strength and accuracy in archery, and experienced a completely different side to sports education.

The activities had a marked effect on some of the participants as pupils who normally shied away from taking centre stage in their PE classes enthusiastically took to climbing and archery sessions, gaining confidence as they learned.

In the archery sessions, students were taught archery technique and developed their strength and accuracy throughout the sessions.

All in all, the students thoroughly enjoyed their taste of outdoor education, coming back to keep practicing after the project had finished with aspirations to complete their NICAS 1 & 2 awards. Some of the schools involved are also planning to bring their pupils down for watersports sessions in the near future. We look forward to hearing about their adventures, to stay in up to date with what the team at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre are getting up to, visit their website, like them on Twitter.

The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that enable people to overcome the obstacles preventing them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things. 

  • Google+

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

General News

Keeping It Wild
More green time, less screen time
Hike for Freedom
hiking away from extreme cruelty
Flying towards DofE
Helping Air Cadets on the path to DofE
Farmers For A Week
Giving inner city children a taste of farming
The Green Spaces
Supporting Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
MACS on the sea
Sailing trip for teenagers with MACS
More than a drop
donating to the Alpkit Foundaiton
Double positivity
Personal training for outdoor learning

More from News

Elsewhere on Alpkit

More from Deeds

More from Develop

More from Spotlight

Be the first to hear about our newest products and promotions

Join AlpCol's Espresso newsletter for that hit of Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Greatness

CLOSE

By adding your email you consent to our terms and conditions