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Outdoor Week for SEN schools in North Wales

Posted on July 12th, 2017

​The Outdoor Partnership has taken a key role over the past year in increasing opportunities for people with pan disabilities in the outdoor sector in North Wales, ranging from rowing and surfing to climbing and hill walking. This year, the team got together with Ysgol y Gogarth, Llandudno to organise an Outdoor Week for SEN schools in North Wales which involved climbing, cycling and forest school activities.

Ysgol y Gogarth hosted the event with its brilliant facilities including a climbing wall with hoist system, purpose built forest school and a small AstroTurf where the cycling took place. Along with the support and expertise from the Outdoor Partnership development officers for Conwy and Anglesey, Welsh Cycling and Conwy Rural Leisure Team, the event was a huge success.

The week saw five schools from across Conwy, Anglesey, Gwynedd and Denbighshire travel to Llandudno with 159 pupils along with 72 staff members taking part over four days. The aim was to give the pupils the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities and encourage health and well-being amongst the pupils and staff. Five adaptive bikes where kindly burrowed from Cycle Power Adaptive Club which is based in Plas Menai which included a side-by-side bike, wheelchair carrier and some trikes. Conwy Rural Leisure Team also brought along some balance bikes and e-bikes which where a big success not only with the pupils, but the staff too!

Bethan Davies, Outdoor Partnership Inclusion Officer said about the event “The SEN Outdoor Week was a massive success with double the amount of participants than expected taking part in various physical activities which may not always be accessible to all. The facilities at Ysgol y Gogarth are of high quality and certainly set a good example to the other schools that attended with many staff leaving with a positive outlook on outdoor activity in their own schools in the future. I’m looking forward to working on next year’s event already with new partnerships made and some exciting plans to make it even better!”

Nicola Davies, Sporting Hub Officer at Ysgol y Gogarth added “I would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and delivery of the event and making it happen! The event is the first of its kind in North Wales and may it continue and grow! It’s opened up so many avenues for our young people to experience and has demonstrated that the outdoors is truly for everyone. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and are very much looking to advancing our future plans together, Diolch eto i pawb!”