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Students go the distance to become outdoor leaders

Students go the distance to become outdoor leaders

Outdoor activity students at Coleg Gwent’s Usk Campus took their first steps towards becoming walking leaders when they successfully completed a grueling training expedition.

The second year students, who are training for a Sports Leader L3 BELA Award, covered a three-day 45km route in the Black Mountains from Monmouth to Hay-on Wye.

Students spent two weeks planning the trek and ensuring they were ready to put their skills to the test over the challenging terrain and mountain summits.

During the hike, the group carried their own food, clothes and camping equipment, and braved the chilly temperatures camping out overnight. In bad weather conditions, the group used excellent leadership skills to navigate the safest routes.

Outdoor activity lecturer David Windebank said: "Students completed the training course despite bad weather. The ground was wet, the winds were high and the nights were cold.

“Students showed skill, judgment and fantastic team morale.  Each person in the group has shown what is needed from an outdoor instructor who plans to work in the outdoor industry, and I look forward to finishing the training course with them.”

The BTEC Extended Diploma Sport (Outdoor Activity) students are now working towards their final assessed three-day expedition to complete the training for the sports leader award.

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News article originally published 14th December 2012
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