AIRPLAY Youth Support Summer Programme

A fun and adventurous summer has been had by all young people at RAF Waddington who have participated in Airplay – the Youth Support Summer Programme

The programme was really successful with over 78 different young people participating in a wide variety of activities. Opportunities were provided which challenged and stimulated young people and included physical challenges, creative opportunities, the chance to work and build relationships as part of team, stimulating trips out and lots of opportunities to engage in new and innovative activities and experiences.

One of the most exciting and ultimately entertaining events of the summer was our very own Masterchef. This involved teams of three or four budding young chefs having to research recipes and ingredients before planning and preparing a delicious three course meal. The next challenge was to actually cook! (taking into account Health and Safety and Basic Food Hygiene requirements of course) Finally the young chefs presented their creations to a hungry panel of four brave judges. Some teams even performed songs, dances and comedy sketches to keep the judges entertained between courses. How often do you get that sort of service whilst waiting for your meal? Overall, a successful day was had by all, with the participants helping each other in the kitchen, tasting each others food whilst engaging in a little bit of friendly competition.
Time spent with a local archer gave young people a chance to test their skills with arrows flying fast and furiously and bullseyes a plenty – Robin Hood watch out!

We were joined by NK extreme activity team who showed us the new phenomenon which is urban free running also known as Parkour.

Alongside all the exciting events we had on Station we also had several trips out. 44 young people put on their skates and hit the ice at Nottingham Ice Arena – a lot more successfully then me! We also paired up with RAF Scampton for a trip to Twycross Zoo, and an educational trip to York where we explored the castle, dungeons and dressed up in medieval clothes. A fun time was had by all.
The programme has been fun packed, energetic and thoroughly enjoyable. The participation has been amazing and the series of events a lot more successful then I could ever have imagined. The reception from both young people and parents has been exceptional, to quote one parent “Fantastic range of activities, for all ages. Very well organised at a minimal cost. Thank you for all of your effort it’s been greatly appreciated by both parents and children.”

Unfortunately the summer has come to an end but we have ended it in style with an adrenaline thrilled trip to Alton towers. For our final celebration, we invited young people from local RAF stations to join us in an end of summer celebratory disco. To quote the young people “it’s been amazing. I can’t wait till next summer”.

By Kirsty Forrester, Station Youth Worker

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