FE learners gearing up for Welsh Colleges Sport (WCS) Snowdonia Challenge 2018
Today, Further Education learners are preparing for the second WCS Snowdonia Challenge. The two-day event, between 14 and 15 May, in Snowdonia National park sees competitors from colleges across Wales taking on a series of outdoor activities including Mountain biking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Fell running and Bouldering. The event is organised in collaboration with the Outdoor Partnership, Gwynedd, Conwy and Ynys Mon local authorities, Welsh Cycling, Canoes Wales, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Welsh Colleges Sport and Sport Wales, who are all committed to supporting post-16 learners to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.
Iestyn Davies Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said “building on last year’s success the partnership continues their commitment to providing outdoor activity challenges and opportunities for learners. What better way than to take full advantage of the natural resources that we are gifted with here in Wales. Through healthy outdoor competition, the partnership is playing their part in ensuring we create a society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised”.
The event will welcome over 80 competitors from around Wales, who will be supported by a large team of college students’ volunteers, acting as marshals, timekeepers, and event coordinators. Also engaged in supporting the Snowdonia Challenge are Coleg Menai Media Students who have the task of recording and producing media from the event that will support their college course.
Tracey Evans, CEO of the Outdoor Partnership added, “We’re delighted to continue with this partnership to provide opportunities for our FE community. It allows us to work with the hard to reach age group and compliments a number of our existing programmes including our ‘pathways to employment’ and volunteering programmes. It’s also an ideal way to directly encourage and demonstrate outdoor activity career opportunities.”
Alun Jones Gwynedd’s Sports For Life Manager added "Following the huge success of last year, it is great so see the event returning to Gwynedd to what I’m sure will be a hugely successful two days, not only utilising the natural resources within the Authority but also the expertise of so many officers – good luck to everyone taking part."
As CEO of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Dafydd Evans, said: 'We are committed to inspiring success by providing excellent education and training to all of our 27,000 learners and the Snowdonia Challenge provides real life challenges and opportunities for our FE learners pan Wales. Committed to our learners’ health and well-being we are looking at innovative ways to engage our harder to reach learners into physical activity, this year’s competition is set to continue to reach out to those learners and I look forward to rewarding the winners at the end of the second day.”
Welsh Government Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas added "I wholeheartedly welcome this successful partnership, which makes the most of our great outdoors to promote health and well-being for post-16 learners. The event is the perfect example of how Snowdonia’s magnificent natural resources can be used to inspire and encourage sporting activities, with all the associated benefits, and I wish all Snowdonia Challenge competitors well - pob lwc".