Regent Students Test Their Fears
Kajal Grant, Ryan Bray, Omar Butt and Karl Hastings, four of Regent College’s Sports Ambassadors, were selected by Alice Kempski, the College Sport Maker, to attend the 2013 Cooperative StreetGames Young Volunteers (CSYV) residential trip this Easter holidays.
StreetGames, a national charity dedicated to developing sport within disadvantaged communities and making sport accessible to all young people, recognise the work done at Regent College and support its Sports Ambassador volunteer project. In addition to funding the residential, the CSYV programme can help young people access training and qualifications in order to support them in taking responsibility and ownership for the delivery of sport in their community.
The trip, which took place in the Lake District in Cumbria, consisted of two nights and three days of outdoor pursuits and team challenges encouraging the development of confidence, self awareness and communication . In addition to the Regent College students, around 40 other young volunteers from all over the UK were in attendance. Split into groups, each representing different countries, the volunteers had to quickly get to know one another to come together in their teams to complete various mental and physical challenges. Activities included orienteering, rock climbing, high ropes, a timed hiking race, and a rowing course. A particular highlight was that of the ‘Pamper Pole’ – a real test of a head for heights. Once you had climbed to the top of a telephone pole you have to stand up on the top of it - a tricky move! You find yourself squatting on a disk too small for both feet, perplexed by the sight of your toes against the backdrop of the ground which is so far away! If you manage to stand up straight, the next step is to jump off the pole and reach for an inflatable ball! Thankfully much needed encouragement was provided by team mates as they controlled the ropes attached to your harness!
Thank you to StreetGames for the amazing opportunity, and well done to the four Regent Students who were a credit to the college and the Sports Ambassadors team.