Kick Start

Kick Start Summer programme got off to a fantastic start as students from Bedford Academy worked with First Place Training Bedford to gain experience of working in groups.  The students engaged in different activities, sometimes working outside their comfort zones. Here is a taste of their summer so far…


Students working with ‘Inspired Life’ including, taking part in physical activities on a canoe trail; helping to create a raft; unloading of canoes and paddles and checking their buoyancy aids. Students worked together to paddle and steer rafts and canoes up and down the River Ouse. Everyone had fun, and showed great team spirit!


I’ve never been in a canoe before – I love it, can’t wait to do it again” – Katie

“I’m Red, I’m Yellow, I’m Blue, and I’m Green” – not quite a rainbow yet then!  Working with Judy, from ‘Clarity 4D’, students discovered their individual strengths and roles within a group. A fascinating insight into each individual.clarity


Helping out at ‘Trinity Arts & Leisure Centre’ to set out football and badminton equipment (and, of course, testing it out with a few games).trinity


Isabel, from the Salvation Army, comments on the activities day, which students helped to make a great success – “A thoroughly positive day for both thechildren and the students.  We look forward to our next venture”salvo2


A Bunch of Mugs… not

Our business plan, devised with the help of Kim and Lee from NatWest Bank…

Our strap line: “The best that I can be for every customermug

Kick Start Summer students make their final voyage using canoes to navigate the River and lock to reach their final destination.  After a 6 mile paddling expedition we made it to the BBQ!  This was the final activity in which the students worked as a team to reach the woods and have a celebratory BBQ with Inspired Life.


Richard from Inspired Life “I thought that the team did well and embraced the spirit and learning in the event”

The students are now off to start their next adventure – gaining places with either First Place Training or other local providers to continue their education and training.




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