Coleg Meirion Dwyfor students get away from their desks for the day to host an activity packed event at Llyn Mair.

Undergraduate Students from the Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport Science (Outdoor Recreation) course hosted a very successful outdoor activity day at Llyn Mair, Plas Tan Y Bwlch on Thursday, April 4th. As part of their course and in conjunction with staff from the Urdd Outdoor Activity Service, Glanllyn, the students arranged activities throughout the day which took full advantage of the natural assets available in the Snowdonia National park. From a Kayak orienteering challenge, a Stand Up Paddle board treasure hunt to an orienteering race in the woods. All participants were faced with problem solving activities throughout and a hands on environmental and natural resource quiz.

Gwydion Tomos from the Urdd Outdoor Activity service said:

It was a very well organised day, the students had planned some great activities for their peers. The setting was ideal and the students made good use of the location and the natural features around.

The participants were students on the BTEC Level 3 Outdoor Adventure course who want to develop their skills in the outdoor sector. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to work together in the great outdoors. Points were awarded for each activity and the competitive nature of the challenges kept everybody engaged. The winning team was Amelia Nunn Booton and Elin Williams. All the participants were rewarded with an early season BBQ prepared by their tutors Delyth Jones and Simon Evans.

Commenting on the event, the Head of Department Eifion Owen stated:

Staff and students on our recently introduced (FdSc) Sport Science course have worked hard on this initiative. They have had to work on a strategic level to ensure full compliance with all aspects of Snowdonia National park rules to ensure that we got the go ahead to use Llyn Mair, and also had to work on an operational level to ensure that all activities and equipment were all transported to Llyn Mair correctly. All the activities had to be ready by the time their clients arrived which required lots of planning. The setting and activity ideas were all chosen by our undergraduate students and this has been an excellent project in our first year of running this course. We thank all the external bodies, Snowdonia National Park and Urdd Gobaith Cymru, who supported the students and worked with us on this project.

More details about the course is available from https://www.gllm.ac.uk/courses/search/?s=outdoorandm=he