Last Thursday, Nick, a qualified Trail Leader, led a group of Year 2 students studying at the Cardiff and Vale College on the Red Trail known as, ’The Wall’ at Afan Argoed Mountain Bike Centre. The students, following the extended Diploma of Sport course in development of coaching and fitness skills, were treated to a arduous day on the purpose built track.
Gwyndaf Jenkins, lead sports co-ordinator for the group thoroughly enjoyed the day and was pleased with the aptitude, behaviour and dedication of the group in completing what was a tough and challenging course.
Demonstration of basic skills and maintenance begun the day and after a safety brief the group tackled the ascent of the wall.
The group had been to the Centre in the summer and had completed Morfa Bay’s own purpose built course and had been introduced to the basic requirements of tackling a more formidable forest trail.
Over the last week work has been focused on developing a new on-site venue for bushcraft. Reclaiming existing land an area has now been cleared to allow for this unique activity to take place as part of the schools’ programme from Spring 2012.
Once completed the venue will consist of a storage unit, an all weather session shelter, woodland and fresh water stream. It is hoped under the specialist guidance of Head Instructor Andy Booth, Bushcraft will become a popular activity choice amongst the schools, as it will allow for further learning outside of the classroom and access to all.
Below are some photos from the the early stages of development.
Work has begun on dismantling the existing main kit store to the rear of the courtyard with the idea of constructing a new purpose built toilet, shower and multi-activity changing facility in it’s place.
The plan is to then to convert the current male toilets/changing area into a new kit store and relocate a new drying room once planning permission has been allowed.
Below are images of ongoing work before the construction process.
PENDINE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
SUNDAY DECEMBER 16th 2011
The Point Cafe 11 a.m.
Swim to Start 11.45 a.m.
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Carmarthenshire Children’s Centre, Glangwili Hospital
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The children and accompanying staff arrived safely at Morfa Bay and following lunch started their adventurous activity programme.
Mon evening the children walked to the beach and enjoyed playing in the shallow water and building castles etc
Later returned to the centre for hot chocolate and a well earned rest.
Tues – Beautiful sunny not too cold start to the day.
Some of the children have just returned from Sea Activities and all excitedly commenting on the fun and wishing they could do it all again! Other groups having fun and challenging themselves on the climbing wall,abseil face and zip line.
This year’s award ceremony was held at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli on Thursday 10th November. Short listed as a finalist for the ‘Visitor Experience of the Year’ Morfa Bay Adventure were awarded with silver for all the hard work and endeavour that has gone into the year.
pictured below are Gethin & Jono enjoying the Guinness prior to the awards ceremony.