Special adventure days for schools are being organised in the Andover area to give children the chance to try something new, right on their doorstep.
Adventure days organised by charity, Valley Leisure, and held at Charlton Lakeside give youngsters the chance to climb, shoot and puzzle their way to more maturity in a fun way.
The scheme means that activities similar to those run by far-away residential centres are now available in the Andover area.
“Children don’t have to travel far to get the chance to try something new,” said Ben Thambipillai, sport and activity co-ordinator at Valley Leisure.
“They can take part in an adventurous activity and embrace new experiences, enjoy the outdoors and have fun, all at the same time. As well as sessions being held at Charlton Lakeside we even bring the activities to the school.”
Some of the children who took part in a recent adventure day were 10 and 11-year-old children from Portway Junior School who had the chance to experience high-level climbing, archery and team building games.
Tim Deery, headteacher at the school, said: “An adventure day teaches valuable lessons. It encourages even the shyest or most nervous child to try something new and overcome fears. It also helps the more self-focused youngsters to understand and empathise with others and get the best out of the team.
“It’s fantastic. Even in one day, you see them develop and grow.”
Ben also praised the youngsters: “The children from Portway Juniors were wonderful. They gave everything such a great go.”
“At the beginning of the day we helped the children decide on their own targets and then we gently motivate them to achieve them, and surprise themselves. It’s great to see their faces when they surprise themselves,” said Ben.
Explore Outdoor events are created for individual schools or year groups. For more information contact Andover Leisure Centre on 01264 347100 or see the web site.