In 2018, The Adventure Syndicate will work with five schools across Scotland in a one-year project funded by the Sporting Equality Fund designed to inspire, encourage and enable pupils to feel capable of more. The programme will use adventurous travel to engage all pupils but especially teenage girls who would otherwise not choose to take part in physical activity.
Over the next twelve months, Adventure Syndicate athletes will meet regularly with participating schools to:
- Inspire pupils with tales of our adventures
- Mentor 4 teenage girls as they participate in the Straffpuffer 24hour mountain bike race.
- Encourage them to feel capable of more than they think they are, using campcraft activities, bike skills sessions, bike maintenance tutorials, and participation in our Match The Miles challenge*
- Enable a smaller group of eight teenage girls to change their relationship to outdoor adventurous exercise permanently, resulting in improved levels of self-esteem, resilience and confidence that will last them a lifetime.
The project will culminate with an overnight camping trip in summer 2018, accompanied by Adventure Syndicate athletes, and will be a celebration of the girls’ sporting achievements.
* Match the Mileage challenge. In April the Adventure Syndicate athletes launched their 2018 season by riding south from Bristol (#southbound) carrying GPS tracking devices. Schools followed them online and collectively matched the athletes daily mileage using indoor trainers, by performing laps of the school grounds and by travelling to and from school by bike. As you can see below they didn't just match our miles they smashed our miles!