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Centre for Integrated Energy Research

Field Trip - Selside Activity Centre

On Friday 18th May, a group of DTC students travelled to the University’s Selside Hut near Horton-in-Ribblesdale for a weekend of team-building and leadership skills activities.

The event was organised through the Edge Sports Centre, coordinated by Will Patterson. The Selside Hut is available to anyone who wants to book it.

The hut is built on an amazing Limestone Pavement, making it a unique place to stay. On arrival everyone had hot drinks, as it was freezing, raining and generally grim. The weather got better through the weekend, which fortunately made the activities a much more pleasant experience.

Activities included learning about the theory of team work, practical demonstrations such as the ‘spider web’ task, a river crossing by a rope traverse, a gorge scramble, caving and orienteering. Each activity involved a special team element, for example, a group above ground having to organise groups underground in a cave to pass a big plastic drum to each other up a subterranean waterfall, for a food reward. Moving through watery caves in teams carrying awkward items meant that some good lessons in support and encouragement were learned. The casualty rate was surprisingly low…!

Feedback on the event was excellent e.g.

“This event gave me the opportunity to rise to new challenges and experiences that increased my self confidence and proved the trust and support of colleagues that is needed in our work, and that you wouldn’t gain in other environments.”

DTC students at the Selside Activity Centre