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SkillForce Students Put Skills To Test In Seasonal Event Challenge

Arbroath students have put their teamwork skills to the test as part of a programme run by SkillForce.

Thirteen young people from Arbroath Academy, on Glenisla Drive, organised a seasonal challenge event for local primary schoolchildren.

Pupils from St Thomas’ Roman Catholic Primary School, on Seaton Road, took part in activities including a Christmas relay race, sumo suit wrestling, and a ping pong bucket and jump the river style indoor challenge.

The event was organised by the Academy students on December 8th as part of the SkillForce programme they are completing leading to a volunteering award.

Vicky Gardiner, Deputy Headteacher at Arbroath Academy, says, “Our pupils are clear about the difference that SkillForce has made to their confidence and engagement in education. The pupils are able to take on leadership roles and the project with St Thomas’ Primary School has given them the opportunity to practise their team work skills in a real life context. I am proud of their progress and their contribution to a fantastic event.”


Jackie Wilson, Headteacher at St. Thomas’ Primary School, adds, “The children really enjoyed taking part in the activities planned and organised by the group of young people.  All the children benefited from taking part; the young people putting their plans into action and managing the groups and the younger children working together developing their teamwork and communication skills to help them achieve.”

The young people are completing a number of awards and qualifications, as part of the SkillForce programme, which is delivered in schools for four hours a week over an academic year.

AJ Mills, SkillForce Instructor, comments, “I have been working with the Arbroath Academy students since the start of term. They have shown a real commitment to organising this event and were really keen to give something back to other young people in the area. Taking part in this project has equipped them with new skills that will prepare them for life beyond school.”

Marlyn Hosie, Scotland Director, SkillForce, adds, “SkillForce is all about boosting self confidence, and teamwork and problem solving skills to inspire young people to succeed.”

For more information about SkillForce’s work in Scotland, contact Marlyn Hosie, Scotland Director, SkillForce by emailing us or call 07860 179284.

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