Changing Lives - Building Futures
The Club are delighted to award the 2016-17 John Savage Trophy and Bursary to the Belfast Activity Centre (BAC) who have over 25 years experience of challenging and inspiring young people and those young at heart, to realise their full potential.
The John A Savage Memorial Trophy and Bursary is awarded by the Club annually to the individual or group selected as giving great service to the Community. Inaugurated in 2009 the Cup has been specially refurbished and created in memory of former member the late John Savage.
BAC anually supports over 20,000 young people to expand their personal and social development through outdoor adventure learning. Located close to Malone house in Barnett's Park BAC works with over 200 groups and organisations to deliver bespoke programmes to meet educational, motivational and team building outcomes. It was presented by President Ivan to CEO Stephen Dickson and Chairman Tom Scott OBE at the Club meeting Monday 27 February 2017.
BAC focus on outdoor activities such as: caving, high/low ropes, climbing/bouldering, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, geo-catching, canoeing and kayaking, team games and bushcraft. Their core projects engage young people considered at most disadvantage, socially and economically and include longer-term programmes to support disability access and participation, work with young people from disadvantaged communities and projects focused upon supporting marginalised groups and young people. By using the vehicle of outdoor activities BAC provides an experiential learning opportunity and approach that helps young people to better engage, understand and learn through active participation.