Outdoor learning and activity focus.
Montrose Academy approached our Countryside Adventure team to develop a programme which would support young women who had been overwhelmed by the effects of the pandemic. Participants had either personally suffered from COVID-19 and/or they were experiencing the negative impact of prolonged lockdowns, such as feeling isolated or displaying low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.
From September 2021 to March 2022, the Countryside Adventure team provided a programme featuring outdoor recreation learning through Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) sessions and yoga and fitness sessions to support physical activity.
Through these workshops, participants were able to improve their social skills and peer friendships through teamworking.
Malcolm Smart, Headteacher, Montrose Academy said: “The Girls Can project ran by ANGUSalive allowed pupils to participate in a range of outdoor activities which, for most, would have been for the first time. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and valued the friendly and supportive input by the ANGUSalive instructors. Not only did the project allow the pupils to develop new skills, it also worked wonders in mending some broken relationships which thus far, has been sustained.”