(From left) Bolton College students Natalie Jenickova, Nathan Perry, Ash Farkoosh, Faizaan Alli, Oliver Deborde and Alex Dekarski, ready to dive into the activities.

The University of Bolton has formed an exciting collaboration with an Outdoor Education Centre Charity.

The Anderton Centre, based at Lower Rivington Reservoir, Anderton, Lancashire, offers high-quality and unique experiences for education establishments, community groups, voluntary and commercial organisations.

The university has become the ‘sole member’ of the Centre, which means the charity is now part of the University of Bolton Group, which includes Bolton College and the Bolton University Technical College.

The university will invest to help the charity to buy new equipment, carry out maintenance and refurbish rooms.

Although part of the University of Bolton Group, The Anderton Centre will remain a separate legal entity and a registered charity.

It will also retain its name, Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative (LOAI), and its identity. LOAI will continue to seek grants and donations to pursue its charitable objectives.

Bill Dawson, Executive Director of Special Projects and Director of the University’s Institute of Management, who has been appointed as Chair of the Centre’s trustees, said: “We see this as a major benefit for the Centre itself and for students and staff across the University of Bolton Group.

Zara Aleem, who is studying Sports Level 3, takes aim at archery.

“The Anderton Centre is located in a magnificent setting and we believe it will help to boost the student experience for our learners.

“Colleagues will also be able to take part in a number of exciting outdoor pursuits as part of their development to help team-building.

“The Centre will greatly benefit from having strong links with the University of Bolton Group, while retaining its independence.”

The Anderton Centre uses adventure and problem-solving activities to build confidence, increase self-esteem, develop teamwork and independence.

It has been delivering residential education programmes to schools for more than 20 years.

It has a group of professionally qualified outdoor instructors supported by a dedicated Centre management team and is an approved activity provider.

Students from Bolton College recently took part in a series of enrichment activities at the centre which helped to enhance their course experience.

They learnt the importance of team work and built up their confidence by undertaking a range of activities, including archery, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, problem-solving, orienteering, and wall climbing.

Bolton College student Ash Farkoosh said: “The experience was amazing. The activities were challenging but fun and we were able to mix with other students and make new friends.

“It really builds confidence and I can’t wait to go again.”

Humza Jama tries his hand at kayaking.

Bill Webster, Principal of Bolton College, said: “This presents a wonderful opportunity for the college to help ensure that our students can have the opportunity to experience these activities and enrich the time they spend here.”

Professor George E Holmes, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: “We are delighted that The Anderton Centre has joined the University of Bolton Group alongside Bolton College, UTC Bolton and our strategic partnership with Alliance Learning.

“It is a fantastic facility that provides amazing experiences for people, especially young people, in a beautiful part of the countryside on the West Pennine Moors.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Anderton Centre and considering a booking please visit www.andertoncentre.co.uk or contact David Germain, Head of Centre, or any of the team on 01257 484 220 ku.oc1576420099.ertn1576420099ecnot1576420099redna1576420099@ofni1576420099

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