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Lake District trip for Buxton & Leek College students

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport students from Leek College in the Lake District.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport students from Leek College in the Lake District.

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Students from Buxton & Leek College had a wild time in the Lake District experiencing camping high up in the mountains.

Six members of the group, all second year students on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) course, which is taught at the college's Leek campus, all completed the challenge in Ambleside to qualify for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Now, as they move on to careers in the great outdoors, tutor Allan Shaw says he is looking forward to them returning to college to inspire others with their experiences.

Mr Shaw, Programme Co-ordinator at Buxton & Leek College said: "We took a party of 17 on the Lake District camping trip. Eleven were first year students who were training and six were second years doing their assessments. It was a great adventure and I am proud of how they handled the experience, even though they did pick a camping spot so high in the mountains that all the streams had dried up and I had to act as mule, trekking for water an hour and a half each way.

"The camping was an important part of the course as students need to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in order to lead the programme in future. Five of the six who qualified are starting careers in outdoor pursuits ranging from an RAF survival specialist to adventure travel leaders for parties of schoolchildren."

Student Daniel Free, who has secured employment with Acorn Adventure, offering outdoor pursuits for schools, said: "We worked well as a team during the planning and the undertaking of the expedition. We were able to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses and we worked off them to get us through the four days and three nights of the expedition. It was a privilege to experience a different part of the UK as we did our practice in the Snowdonia National Park".

Will Lucas, who will be working as a climbing instructor in Sheffield, said: "The Duke of Edinburgh Award was an amazing experience. It was a great physical and mental challenge for me and I felt great when I completed the expedition."

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