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Soaring to Success – The story so far

What is the Soaring to Success programme?

The Air League, in collaboration with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, have had a fantastic month so far in delivering our Soaring to Success programme for the first time.

This initiative enables students to learn more about the aviation and aerospace industries, as well as having the chance to fly in a glider at selected gliding clubs.

What has happened so far?

The first part of the programme, saw hundreds of year 9 students from nine schools in the area, take part in our ‘Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace workshops’ at Barnsley Football Club FC. The workshops ran over the course of three days and consisted of the following:

Air League – Getting ready for work

Rolls-Royce – Engineering workshop

DHL – Pilot Careers

Air League (delivered in cooperation with British Airways) – Build an Airline competition

A big congratulations to Kirk Balk Academy, our winners of the ‘Build An Airline’ competition, with their environmentally friendly airline: ‘Eco-Class – Leafing pollution behind’. As their prize, the school will be receiving a visit from the AMRC Mantra lorry this summer.

To date, twenty year 12 students from Barnsley College took to the skies for gliding taster day sessions, at Wolds Gliding Club and Yorkshire Gliding Club!

What happens next?

This week, over one hundred year 9 students from the schools that attended the workshops, have also had a chance to fly high from gliding clubs at Pocklington and Rufforth (pictures to follow shortly).