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May
8
2018

JIMMY EGAN'S VISIT ORMSIDE MILL

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester affiliates, Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy have visited Ormside Mill Residential Centre TWICE during the month of April. Club Leader, Shaun Egan, said “Maybe I should get a job here. HA! HA! HA!”

On the weekend of Friday 13th April it was trip to Cumbria for the female members of the club followed by a lads weekend on Friday 27th April. Rather than taking on their opponent in the ring, club members spent much of their time challenging themselves in the outdoor environment of Cumbria.

Fortunately, the weekend of Friday 13th April was a sunny one. The snow had finally disappeared and the sun was shining for the majority of the weekend.

After the journey to the centre on Friday evening, the group needed to find their beds, make them and settle down for the night. Whilst the first two parts of that were successfully achieved, the settling down section proved more difficult.

As a result, rousing the youngsters on the Saturday morning for breakfast and a start to the day’s activities was a problem-solving activity for the leaders to complete.

Eventually, everybody was up and ready and heading off for a day of fun and activity.

With the day so sunny, it was ideal for some water based fun. So, a Ghyll Scramble was on the agenda – basically climbing UP a waterfall and then sliding back down. Everybody took part and had great fun.

Once back at the Mill, we were able to have-a-go on the new high ropes activity that Ormside has to offer. You have climb a big pole, stand on a platform and then jump and try and grab hold of the swing (the leap of faith!) – of course you are on a harness and safety rope, but a thrill just the same and it takes some guts to make that jump.

After such an active and fun-filled day, there were no problems people settling down for sleep on the second night. After a good meal and sometime around the camp fire, everyone was ready for bed – and so it was a quiet night.

Sunday was a little more sedate than the Saturday, with some activities around the grounds of the Mill. A gentle walk around the village and enjoying the surroundings of the environment, which is quite different to Wythenshawe – there were even one or two new born lambs to observe.

In the lead up to the lads weekend, the weather had not been great and so it wasn’t clear as to how much activity they would be able to do. Fortunately, the rain held off for most of the weekend and even though it was cloudy and the odd shower broke out, the lads weren’t deterred from making the most of the visit to Cumbria.

As with the girls, there wasn’t much sleep on the Friday night after arriving, but that changed after a day full of activities on the Saturday.

Saturday was full of adventure. They abseiled off a bridge and then went for a Ghyll Scramble up a nearby gully. The day tired out both the young people and the leaders and it was an early night on Saturday – a relaxing time round a campfire saw everybody gradually nodding off.

Sunday was another bright day and was spent in the surroundings of the centre learning lot’s of life skills by taking part in a range of team building and problem solving activities.

The two weekends were a great experience for everyone “One which we hope to do again soon.” Said Shaun.

 
 
     
 

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