Outdoor activity students in Wales took their first steps towards becoming walk leaders after a gruelling training expedition.

Second–year students at Coleg Gwent’s Usk campus, training for a sports leader L3 BELA award, covered a 45km route in the Black Mountains from Monmouth to Hay–on Wye.

The group spent two weeks planning the trek and carried food, clothes and camping equipment for their three-day expedition. They braved chilly temperatures camping out overnight and were tested to the max, showing their leadership skills to navigate the safest routes through bad weather conditions.

“The ground was wet, the winds were high and the nights were cold. Students showed skill, judgment and fantastic team morale,” said David Windebank, an outdoor activity lecturer.

“Each person showed what is needed from an instructor who plans to work in the outdoor industry, and I look forward to finishing the training course with them.”

The BTec extended diploma sport (outdoor activity) students are now working towards their final assessed three-day expedition to complete the training for the sports leader award.

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