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BAA Youth Adventure Challenge Takes Off

24 Sep 2008

Hundreds of youngsters from around Braintree descended upon Great Notley Country Park on Friday (September 19) to battle it out at the inaugural BAA Youth Adventure Challenge.

On a sun drenched afternoon nearly 400 teenagers from local secondary schools competed in eight fun packed adventure sports including mountain biking and kayaking.

"We're extremely delighted have supported the Adventure Games, the first event of its kind ever staged in Essex," said BAA's community relations manager, Valda Edmunds.

"The day was a tremendous success, which is a tribute not only to sportessex, the event organisers, but also to the many committed Stansted Airport volunteers who gave up their time to lend a hand. This commitment, along with the £30,000 we invested in the games, shows the responsibility we have to be a good neighbour to our community."

The year 10 students were divided into 40 teams and given professional demonstrations before they took part in each of the eight sports. The sports included: mountain biking, zip wire, parkour, bushcraft, navigation, kayaking, assault course and a climbing zone.

Alistair Russell, from sportessex, said: "The BAA Stansted Youth Adventure Challenge provided the young people of Braintree with a fantastic opportunity to explore the Great Notley Country Park and experience a number of exciting adventure sports. The feedback we received from the young people on the day was fantastic, they were all really enthusiastic and we hope that we have inspired them to develop their interest in adventure sports and the outdoors.

"Importantly, the success of the day shows how two organisations such as BAA Stansted and sportessex can work together to provide an amazing opportunity for the communities we both serve."

At the closing ceremony, in the event village, BAA's managing director, Stewart Wingate, and BAA's head of public affairs, Ashley Riley, handed out awards to the winners. Overall winners were the Alec Hunter Sharks, the Notley High Snakes took the runner-up spot, with Ramsey College's Hornets in third.

Notes to editors

  • Eight Essex secondary schools took part in the games, they were: Braintree's Alec Hunter Humanities College, Tabor Science College and Notley High School; Witham's Malting's Academy and Rickstones Academy; Honeywood Community Science School in Coggeshall; Ramsey College in Halstead and Hedingham School.
  • There was also an award for the Top Adventurer from each school, the winners were: Liam Mole, Hedingham; Ben Fairs, Malting's Academy; Danny O'Byrne, Honeywood; Bradley Amos, Ramsey College; Josh Alyward, Alec Hunter; Sophie Hounsell, Notley High; Matthew Flight, New Rickstones.
  • On the run up to the event 20 volunteers from Stansted Airport transformed parts of Great Notley Country Park in readiness for the challenge including tree trimming, woodland clearing and pontoon building. BAA Stansted encourages all their employees to volunteer and support in local community projects. This provides a more personal touch, which is highly regarded within our communities, and helps our staff to learn new skills and develop their careers. In 2007, nearly £10,000 was contributed to nine organisations in the Braintree area through Stansted Airport's community programme.
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