Our newly elected Greenhouse Sports Youth Council met for the first time in early April to discuss and decide on their roles and responsibilities, and to start thinking about how they would like to use their voices to impact the charity. They met in the heart of London’s financial district, in a board room kindly provided to us by long-time supporters of the charity Prudential plc.
Before they began their discussions, the Council heard from the vibrant and energetic George Bullard, a multi-record breaking explorer.
At the age of 19, George broke the world record for the longest fully unsupported polar journey- a feat which explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has called “genuinely groundbreaking.” George has since gone on to break more world records: he was the first to kayak from Greenland to Scotland, and the first unsupported return crossing of the Greenland icecap. Now he shares his passion for exploring, by leading youth development programmes and running a company IGO Adventures, which organises multi-disciplined expeditions.
“The only person you can blame for not taking advantage of an opportunity is you.”
George urged the young people to identify the thing that they love doing, and to wake up excited for the opportunities of the day ahead. Speaking from experience gained on his expeditions to the most remote parts of the globe, he highlighted the importance of team work and communication. For the Youth Council, who have been elected by their peers to act as the mouth piece for the young voice, the ability to communicate effectively both within their team and outside of it is crucial.
“Set out a target of what you want to achieve, and work towards it.”
The Youth Council will specialise within different departments of the charity, such as Events, Marketing, or Impact. These departments will support the Council to help implement their ideas and develop important life skills along the way. One young person will also have the chance to join George Bullard and IGO Adventures on a life-changing expedition.
“Adventure is the only way that people can come together as pariahs and leave as eternal friends having had a life changing experience. It will bind them as friends, colleagues, teams and has the power to change people’s perspectives entirely.
I am delighted to bring these opportunities to people who might not normally be exposed to them.” – George Bullard.
Read more about the Youth Council here.