Even more children will be able to enjoy the great outdoors and activities such as gorge walking, caving, rock climbing and kayaking thanks to a new joint project between Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Hampshire County Council.
The County Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Keith Chapman approved the joint venture to provide funding for Hampshire’s Mountain Centre in the Brecon Beacons, Wales on 27th September 2012 and the Cass Foundation awarded a grant of £250,000 ovre five years. In recognition of this the centre will be called the Hampshire County Council Cass Foundation Mountain Centre. The annual grant of £50,000 is equivalent to about 50% of the running costs of the centre. Students from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Secondary School in east London and trainee teachers from the Sir John Cass School of Education and Communities and the University of East London have already visited the Centre and will continue to benefit from this new funding.
The Centre occupies two sites situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and is nestled amongst mountains, waterfalls and caves. It offers children the chance to enjoy a range of outdoor activities which they would not have access to in more built up areas. Groups can take advantage of the many curriculum based, learning activities and also participate in outdoor sports which include walking expeditions, canoeing, climbing, orge walking and mountain biking. Educational trips feature field study projects as well as historic buildings, museums and nature reserves.
An estimated 4,500 children travel from Hampshire to stay at the two sites every year.
Councillor Chapman said, ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to bring Hampshire’s Mountain Centre and its excellent facilities to a wider audience. This partnership with Sir John Cass’s Foundation means that more young people in London will have the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities in the beautiful setting of the Welsh mountains’.
Kevin Everett, Treasurer and Chairman of the Cass Foundation said, ‘The Foundation is delighted to have entered into this partnership with Hampshire County Council and to be providing opportunities for students from London, many of whom have never left the Capital let alone experienced and benefited from high quality outdoor education’.
More details can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-mountain-centre