Over the next two days, 120 Further Education learners will compete in the CollegesWales Sport Snowdonia Challenge. The two day competition, 14-15 May in Snowdonia National park, sees competitors from colleges across Wales taking on a series of outdoor activities including Mountain biking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Fell running and Bouldering. The event is organised in collaboration with the Outdoor Partnership, Gwynedd, Conwy and Ynys local authorities, Welsh Cycling, Canoes Wales, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Welsh Colleges Sport and Sport Wales, who are all committed to supporting post-16 learners to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said “the partnership is evidence of our continued commitment to providing outdoor activity challenges and opportunities for our college learners. What better way than to take full advantage of the natural resources that we are gifted with here in Wales.”
The event will welcome competitors from around Wales who will be supported by a large team of college student volunteers, acting as marshals, timekeepers and event coordinators. Also engaged in supporting the Snowdonia Challenge are Coleg Menai Media Students who have the task of recording and producing media from the event that will support their college course.
Tracey Evans, CEO of the Outdoor Partnership said, “We’re delighted to continue with this partnership to provide opportunities for our FE community. It compliments a number of our existing programmes including our ‘pathways to employment’ and volunteering programmes. It’s also an ideal way to directly encourage and demonstrate outdoor activity career opportunities.”
Alun Jones, Gwynedd’s Sports Life Manager added "Following the huge success of the last two years, the event has become a well-known and respected event in the activity calendar which we are pleased to be a part of. Good luck to everyone taking part."
As CEO of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Dafydd Evans, said: 'We are committed to inspiring success by providing excellent education and training to all of our learners and the Snowdonia Challenge provides real life challenges and opportunities for our FE learners pan-Wales. As part of mental health awareness week, what better way than to offer our learners a healthy outdoor competition, to ensure we create a society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised”.
CollegesWales Sport is committed to delivering education and training opportunities for college learners across Wales through effective networks and partnerships.
For press and media enquiries please contact Claire.Roberts@colegaucymru.ac.uk or 029 2052 8383.