We welcomed 215 students from all Brindley Heath Junior School year groups on Friday 18th September to take part in a team challenge day with outdoor education providers A Sporting Chance.
Based at Woodfield House in the grounds of our school, .A Sporting Chance created and delivered a full programme to encourage the youngsters to embrace the outdoors and engage in activities that developed both their ability to work independently and as part of a team.
To enable every child at the school to benefit from the activities, Brindley Heath Junior School’s Parent Teacher Association subsidised the cost. Jason Willetts, Brindley Heath’s Headteacher, was delighted with how the day went. He said, “We had a fantastic team building day at Wolverley where all children took part in a broad range of engaging outdoor learning experiences. It enabled children to further develop their social skills as well as developing focus, concentration, perseverance and self-reflection. It was a memorable day for both pupils and staff!”
Many of the fantastic array of activities, which took place across Wolverley’s 27 acre site, were completely new for the students and included mountain biking, trampolining, skiing on Wolverley’s dry ski slope, archery and orienteering. Additionally, the A Sporting Chance team worked with the children to develop skills they wouldn’t learn in the classroom, such as outdoor cooking, shelter building, fire lighting and bushcraft.
Bryn Thomas, Headteacher at Wolverley CE Secondary School, commented, “Having A Sporting Chance and the Woodfield House Outdoor Education Centre based on our school grounds is a fantastic addition and certainly adds to our unique learning environment. We were delighted with the way the students engaged in all the activities and were impressed with how determined they were to succeed in everything they did. With students enjoying the beautiful weather and glorious surroundings, a brilliant day was had by all.”
Gavin Haynes, Director at A Sporting Chance and former Worcestershire cricketer, added, “In 40 years of playing sport, both at amateur and professional level, I have never been involved with such a tremendous team effort from both A Sporting Chance and Wolverley CE Secondary School. This team effort, combined with the staff at Brindley Heath Junior School, created a fabulous and enriching experience for the children.”
The Woodfield House Outdoor Education Centre is able to provide a wide array of activities and enrichment programmes for local schools and community groups. Further information can be found here.