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On Wednesday 7 August nine Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children aged 16 to 19 visited Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt for a day of water sport activities.

The morning consisted of open boat canoeing followed by a kayaking session which included kayak polo. After lunch the group learned the basics of SUPing (stand up paddle-boarding).

Within a few minutes of being on the water the laughter and fun were obvious. The group of young people, originally from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan, played games, worked together to complete challenges, developed new skills and build their water confidence.

Tina Welcome, Virtual School 16+ Personal Adviser with a USAC specialism, commented “It was great day. The group really enjoyed it. They don’t get many opportunities to have fun so to see them so clearly enjoying themselves was wonderful.”

One of the young people emailed to say “I really appreciate and am thankful for today’s trip, I really enjoyed it, it was an unforgettable day.”

John Brady, Virtual School 16+ Manager, said “The instructors from Herts Young Mariners Base were excellent in pitching the activities at the right level for our group and they coped well with the language barrier. We normally see young people from this group in a formal setting so seeing the young people enjoy themselves as much as they were was wonderful.”

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