London Tigers GREMO Youth Club participated in a 4 day residential outdoor education programme at YHA Manorbier in Wales during August, a reward for 10 of the most outstanding members of the youth club.
This trip was packed with fun-filled activities from exploring the beautiful landscapes of Welsh natural sceneries to adrenaline pumping adventurous team challenges.
In the first day, the children enjoyed exploring the scenic countryside in Pembrey Country Park on one of the biggest toboggan rides in the UK, followed by a battle of laser tag and a ride on a steam train.
The following day they were immersed in team building activities including magic sticks, pipeline, shape sorter and blindfold square. The evening also comprised of action packed team games and a game of Cricket and Rounders on Barafundle Bay Beach. This was followed by a dip and swim in the Irish Sea.
On their third day, the children enjoyed the many attractions at Heatherton Adventure Park including driving a jeep, finding their way out of a winding maze and releasing their energy on giant jump pillows! The evening ended with a glow stick hunt onsite outside in the dark; a thrilling team challenge run by London Tigers staff.
“Every child felt that each day at YHA Manorbier was something to look forward to,” said lead youth worker, Halima. “Every morning was a bright start with excitement written all over every child’s face. No one wanted to come back to London. We all felt that we were one big family. The trip was truly meaningful and the education programme and team building activities a clear success.”
The main objective of the residential trip was to give these children, from financially deprived households, a meaningful experience and memories to treasure and cherish. Most of these children had never been on a holiday out of the country (and some have never been outside of London) and often return to school having to hear their friends boast about the different places they have visited in their holidays. The trip gave these children an experience outside of their normal environment, making a difference to their lives as well as to their personal development and social well-being.
London Tigers runs various youth clubs across London working with disadvantaged young people from 8 to 25 years old, providing them with opportunities to improve their lives.