During the summer of 2019, 13 pupils from The Romsey School will be embarking on a 2 week long expedition to Finland. During this time they will cover over 200 km on foot, and by mountain bike and canoe. The main focus of the expedition is on team building, leadership and personal development.
The pupils are all responsible for raising their own funds to pay for the expedition, which plays a huge part in the overall process during the months before the expedition. All of the participants are taking part in a variety of sponsored activities, organising events and generally going out into their local communities to raise funds.
Six of the team, together with 3 Romsey School staff recently took part in the New Forest Spring Sportive; a 30 mile cycle around the New Forest. Setting off from Somerley House the group was one of very few without road bikes and definitely without bespoke cycling attire.
Expedition Leader, Steve Stannard said, ‘We were given lots of strange looks and received the occasional comment about our bikes. We managed to get round the circuit in less than 4 hours, which was respectable considering some of our team hadn’t done much riding before. I think it would be fair to say that there were some sore pupils the next day’.
Between them, the team managed to raise just over £1000 which was a fantastic achievement and testament to their ongoing commitment.
The next big event for the group is the Romsey Relay Marathon on the 13th May.