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Every year, Gloucestershire Constabulary, in partnership with the Gloucestershire Outward Bound Association sponsors a group of young people to attend a week-long outdoor educational course in the wilderness.

The aim of the bursary is to provide an opportunity for youngsters to develop their potential, face new challenges and build personal, social and emotional skills.

This year (February 2017), with a financial support from the county's Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 24 teenagers were able to take part in the programme in Aberdovey, Wales.

Nominees included those who:

  • were aged between 13 and 18, reasonably fit and of at least average health
  • had shown great commitment or courage by setting up or running local youth/community activities or dealing with a serious or long-term situation
  • had displayed leadership potential in peer or community groups and provide positive behaviours acting as role models
  • had been at risk of being socially excluded, lacked appropriate adult support or experienced low self-esteem or little confidence      

The young person also had to be prepared to take part in adventurous and sometimes strenuous activities and make new friends.

Should you wish to know more about the scheme, please contact Sgt Alec Linton on 01452 907385, or email

Further information about the courses or the centre can be found on the Outward Bound Trust website.

Course dates for 2018

Course dates for 2018 : Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2018.

Applications for Outward Bound 2018 are now open.

Page last updated: 11 January 2018