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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester members, St John’s Amateur Boxing Club are making the most of their membership this year. All members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, also have access to the NABGC activities programme, and the Chorlton based club headed south on the weekend of 15th June, to join around 400 other young people at the Essex Adventure Weekend which is held annually at the Essex Boys & Girls Clubs activities centre, Stubbers.

St John’s ABC Club Leader, Andy Rea, said, “It’s the best activity centre I’ve taken a group of young people to, and the range of activities that they get to do is amazing.” He continued, “If you want to do activity centres, The Only Way is Essex!”

Young people from all over the country who are members of the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs can take part in this activity filled, fun-packed weekend. Young people get to have a go at all-sorts, from Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Banana Boat, archery, rifle range, laser-tag, high ropes and loads more. In addition, they meet hundreds of other young people from all over the country. It’s good for volunteers as well, as they also get to meet other volunteers.

Waiting to go on the High Rope Course. Young people from St John's ABC with club leader (Dame??)Debbie Rea.
Waiting to go on the High Rope Course. Young people from St John's ABC with club leader (Dame??) Debbie Rea.

St John’s took twenty young people with them this year, and they had a great time. The weather held fine, and despite a long drive on a Friday afternoon, it was well worth it.

If you book in advance, the tents and food can be provided at a bargain rate and young people are fully occupied throughout the whole weekend – very little time for any mischief!!

The team from Manchester managed to set off around 5pm. The organisers from Essex saved them some food and refreshments for when they arrived. The “first class” tented accommodation was already set up for them. There was a disco and music on the Friday night, provided by a local radio station and then the group settled down for the night.

Getting kitted up
Getting kitted up.


The Saturday was full on activities – as mentioned above there was Banana Boat Racing, archery, rifle range, climbing, laser-tag, and high ropes. Another quiet night was enjoyed by all on Saturday as everyone was worn out.

Sunday morning was just as active before the group had to get ready for the drive home to Manchester. And, it was a quiet drive home as most of the group slept all the way home, having enjoyed a full weekend of activity.

Andy says, “I’d encourage all Boys & Girls Clubs members to take advantage of this. It is a great weekend. The young people LOVE it. They do some great activities, meet other young people and it’s a great centre. And, it is very affordable. Get involved – make the most of these opportunities and make the most of your membership.”

Who will stay on the banana boat longest?

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