A group of Intrepid outdoor sports students from Buxton & Leek College are now qualified to lead from the front after gaining their Basic Expedition Leaders awards from Sports Leaders UK.
Twelve second year students from the college’s Buxton campus completed a 60 mile hike of the Sandstone Trail from Frodsham to Whitchurch in March, camping overnight in sub zero temperatures and being observed by assessors.
Course leader Allan Shaw said: “I am really pleased that all the students passed as they are all very capable young people. I am proud of what they achieved as they are all teenagers—the eldest member of the group being just 19—and I know that they will all make great expedition leaders.”
The group were tested on navigational skills and leadership and are now qualified to lead hill-walking groups throughout the UK as well as leading groups of students working on Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Allan added: “We’re entering the season when young people start their expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, so their skills will be much in demand.
“The qualifications will also make them very employable when they leave college and enter the world of work.”