Mark's Royal Visit
At the start of the year Bradford welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the City, in which the Royal Couple visited several projects that promote cohesion in one of the UK’s most diverse cities.
We are delighted to tell the story of Mark Bartlett, a participant on our Bradford Park Avenue Management programme who was selected to meet the couple.
The Bradford Park Avenue Management programme gave 20 young people aged 16-21 the opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications tailored to their personal development. They were responsible for organising, delivering and assisting with events held at Bradford Park Avenue Cricket ground to increase community engagement. They also developed a range of other skills including marketing, graphic design, events, heritage and much more!
The programme ensured a strong connection with Bradford College and Chris Taylor Sports Development Officer at Bradford College commented, “Mark was selected as one of 2 FE Bradford College Students to meet the Royals when they visited Bradford. Mark had been involved in a number of “after college” enrichment activities last year but what made the difference for us in selecting him above others was the change we saw in him through the programme The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation developed”.
“To put this into context Mark was also one of the students selected to attend the Park Avenue session for the visit of Lord Bourne last July. Mark was extremely nervous at the event, however the work you completed with him and, in particular, the public speaking course has now given him the confident to act naturally in these situations and I am sure this will be invaluable to him in the future as he pursues his aspirations’’.
On reflection of the Bradford Park Avenue Management Programme, Mark expressed that he has gained a vast amount of experience that will really benefit him in his future and really enjoyed his time spent on BPA Management Programme.
The partnership with Bradford College throughout the programme ensured students were able to access out of college opportunities which proved to be of benefit.