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Polar explorer helps Dundee school pupils map out their careers

20 May 2014

Pupils from Menzieshill High School are having their navigational skills put to the test today (Tuesday, May 20) as they compete in a careers-focused orienteering challenge set for them by the Dundee Academy of Sport.

The day of motivational activities is being led by polar explorer Craig Mathieson, and is designed not only to help the teenagers learn new skills, but also to instil in them the confidence to believe in their own abilities.

Craig will use stories from his own intrepid adventures to inspire the young people, getting them to think about what they want to achieve in life when they leave school.

He will also teach them how to navigate - using a good old-fashioned map and compass - before letting them loose around Dundee & Angus College's Gardyne Campus to try out their new skills.

The Dundee Academy of Sport was launched in January 2014, and is a partnership between Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.

Elaine Roberts - Project Officer at the Dundee Academy of Sport - explains:

"Today, we're working with around 80 pupils from Menzieshill High School who are at the end of S4 and about to enter S5. We’ll be using the themes of orienteering and navigation to help get them thinking about what career path they might want to follow, and what direction they’ll have to go in in order to get there.

"Hopefully hearing Craig’s story will be a great inspiration to them, as he overcame a lot of hurdles to achieve his dream of getting to the South Pole. We don’t imagine that every participant will want to do the same as him, but the idea behind the event is to help them realise that they need to believe in their own ability to do things, and that they have the ability to achieve their dreams - whatever they may be - if they set their minds to it.

"With the orienteering challenge, they’ll get a chance to put their newly acquired navigational skills to the test, but they’ll also gain skills that can be transferred to the workplace - or indeed continuing education - in terms of reading accuracy, working in teams, and the ability to follow instructions while finding creative solutions to problems.

"So they’ll get much more from it than meets the eye, and will hopefully leave at the end of the day feeling inspired and more prepared for the challenges that life will throw at them when they leave school."


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Notes to Editors:

The Dundee Academy of Sport intends to be Tayside’s leading provider of sports education and research, and aims to widen and increase school attainment levels by using sport as a means of engaging young people in their education.

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