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Dirty hands – bright future

Research shows that school trips and outdoor learning can improve academic achievement and make students more willing to learn. And at Lakeside we offer so much more.

Our outdoor education programmes are designed around your students and young people, no matter what their needs, background or learning objectives.

On the shores of Lake Windermere, they’ll be taken out of their comfort zone. They’ll learn to work as a team, trust themselves and one another, and take on challenges they never thought possible – all while having the time of their lives.

Safe risks

Our outdoor education programmes are challenging, inspiring and scary for some, but they’re safe by design.

Email lakesideenq@fyldecoastymca.org for a copy of our full risk assessment.

 The magic of Lakeside 

“The children achieved so much and their self-confidence grew through the power of teamwork and resilience. We cannot wait to return next year so more pupils can experience the magic of Lakeside.”
Louisa Martin, Deputy Headteacher, Trinity St Peter’s Primary School, Formby

“Lakeside was the perfect place to take our 90 Year 12 students. Over the two days they became much more confident, developed new friendship groups and became genuinely more caring for each other. I do not think anywhere more suitable can possibly exist.”
Alan Corner, Head of Sixth Form, Bede Academy, Blyth, Northumberland

“This was our fifth year at Lakeside and every year the students have a fantastic time and want to return when in Year 13! It is superb value for money and I would recommend the YMCA without hesitation.”
Sharon Minta, Bridgewater School, Manchester

“I had a fantastic experience at the YMCA National Centre at Lake Windemere, mainly because of the jam-packed activity schedule. My friends and I were never bored. Each activity was exciting and different and every one of our instructors was really fun.”
Anna Guest (Year 9), Heckmondwike Grammar School

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