Hundreds of young lives will be changed for the better as Blaengwawr Comprehensive School launched Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s pioneering E3+ initiative.
The E3+ programme forms an integral part of the Council’s newly created Services for Young People department, which is dedicated to ensuring young people in the County Borough are given the opportunities they are entitled to and deserve.
The groundbreaking Services for Young People initiative has proved to be extremely popular throughout the County Borough, providing diverse activities as well as the traditional after-school activities.
Last week (Friday 30th April) pupils at Blaengwawr Comprehensive had a flavour of what will be on offer once the scheme starts later this month. The many events held through E3+ will be decided upon depending on the feedback from the youngsters themselves.
At a special taster day they were able to see a variety of activities on offer, including; cricket, dance, DJ mixing, archery, cookery and football.
The E3+ project is part of the Council’s ongoing campaign to ensure future generations are well-rounded with a successful education, healthy extra-curricular lifestyle and strong bonds with their friends and families. Where the scheme has been piloted it has made a major contribution to reducing youth annoyance and anti social behaviour.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Eudine Hanagan, who attended the launch said: “There is a lot of interest about the provision of activities for children and young people outside school and one of the biggest issues is the need to attract children and young people off the streets and into positive and constructive activities.
“The numbers of people accessing E3+ show just how popular it has become and we are pleased they are enjoying what is on offer. It is an innovative idea, breaking down barriers, and its continued growth is testimony to an outstandingly successful initiative launched by the Council.
“It offers children and young people the chance to enhance their social skills, enrich their education and enjoy exciting opportunities within a learning environment.”
There are now a total of 13 E3+ centres spread throughout the County Borough and thousands of youngsters are enjoying life-changing experiences by learning so many new skills.
Headteacher of Blaengwawr Comprehensive School, David Evans, added: “The programme of activities available is certainly an extensive one. Pupils have been widely consulted and they have already chosen which activities they want the school to provide.
The response and the enthusiasm of pupils has been outstanding and we hope that our cluster schools and the wider community will also join our E3+ programme. This is an exciting time for extra curricular activities.”
For further information on E3+ activities taking place in the Blaengwawr cluster area call Nathan Brock on 01685 874341.