2 Agenda Welcome to PGL Courses Activities Accommodation Facilities Catering and dietHealth and SafetyFAQsQuestions
3 Welcome to PGL The market leader! Fully risk assessed AALA licensed ABTA bondedOver 50 years experienceFounding member of BAHAPGL provides a wide range of top quality residential adventure and educational courses for more than 4,500 groups every yearAll PGL centres and activities are risk assessed to comply with legal requirements and best practice. Risk assessments are available by request and on the PGL websiteCentres are subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations (AALA) where appropriateABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) bonded means your money is protectedBAHA – British Activity Holiday Association. Responsible for establishing operating guidelines for the activity holiday industry.
4 Multi Activity Challenging and fun! Tailor-made programmes4 action-packed sessionsper dayEvening entertainmentsPersonal developmentConfidence buildingIncreased motivationActivities are chosen to suit the requirements of the group4 x 1 ½ hour activity sessions every dayA full evening entertainments programme run by PGL staff includes discos, talent shows and quizzesBenefits of a multi-activity course include:- improved self confidence- improved team-building skills- better peer group relationships- raised self esteem- increased motivation.
5 Premium Quality Outdoor Education AbseilingAeroballArcheryCanoeingClimbingFencingJacob’s LadderQuad BikingTrapezeZip WireA wide range of premium adventure activities at all PGL centres – the above list is a small sample of those available.Individual as well as team challengesActivities designed to encourage new skills and develop existing ones.Activities vary according to centre. This list is a sample.
6 Caythorpe Court Accommodation En suite rooms sleep 4-8Tent villageThe Fens are purpose built wooden lodges with en suite rooms sleeping 4-6.The Vales comprise en suite rooms sleeping 4, 6 or 8The Wolds comprise en suite rooms sleeping 4 - 8Tents are spaciously sited and sleep on frame mattresses. Toilets and showers are close by.
7 Caythorpe Court Facilities Purpose built activity basesSports hallFootball pitch and playing fieldsOn-site lake for water sports
8 Catering & dietary needs 3 nutritious, balancedmeals per dayVegetarian optionSalad barSpecial diets catered forby prior arrangementContinual investment in healthy menusFresh ingredients fully traceable to audited suppliersFreshly cookedProcessed food avoidedMeals meet Local Authority guidelinesCaterers can deal with most dietary requirements but please ensure the party leader is aware of any dietary requirements well in advance.
9 Staying safe! The PGL Code of Practice describes all safety and operational procedures both on and off-site including:sample risk assessmentsstaff to pupil ratiosstaff vetting and trainingequipment specificationssite securitymedical coveremergency proceduresAll centres and activities are fully risk assessed every yearThe PGL Code of Practice details all the control measures put in place to minimise riskSample risk assessments are available on line and specific assessments are available from PGL on requestAll our instructors are specifically trained for our programmes to ensure the delivery of safe and rewarding sessions across a wide range of activitiesThe staff recruitment process is as follows:Detailed application form completed and submittedVetted by a dedicated HQ recruitment officerVerification of all references, List 99 check and Criminal Records Bureau clearance obtainedSuccessful applicants undergo a compulsory probationary period lasting a minimum of ten daysOriginal qualification certificates checkedPrior to the beginning of the operating season, instructors and group leaders who have not worked for PGL before attend a residential training courseJob offer confirmed. On-going support, development training and assessment under the supervision of Senior Instructors.At every PGL centre you will find an experienced and professional Centre Manager who is in charge of Centre operations and has overall responsibility for the success of your course and the performance of our staff.Operating procedures conform to National Governing Body guidelines where these are relevant to the activity in question and the level being undertaken.Through the Quality Badge Programme you can be confident that recognised providers fulfil all the necessary criteria as laid down by the DCSF, thereby better enabling Party Leaders to manage visits safely, efficiently and beneficially.
10 FAQ’s What to take with you – kit list Pocket money – how much to take Valuable items – best left at homeElectrical appliances – must be safeDeodorants – roll-on only pleaseLaundry – emergencies onlyContacting your childPocket money - It is very much up to you however, as a guide, most groups allow £1.50 per night plus £ on the last night for souvenirsWhat to pack and valuable items - Please limit luggage to one case/bag per person and one item of hand luggage for carrying food etc. on the journeyThe kit list is provided on the Parent Information Leaflets however we would like to stress that:Brand new and expensive items (such as mobile phones) should be left at homeOld, casual clothes are recommendedPack more clothes if it is likely to be wet weatherAll clothing should be marked with the student’s name and school.Electrical appliances - Guests are responsible for the safety of any electrical appliances brought to centre. The Centre Manager reserves the right to ask for appliances not to be used if they appear to be unsafe.Deodorants - It is advised that children bring roll-on deodorants rather than aerosol deodorants as these can often set off fire alarms.Laundry facilities - There are limited laundry facilities on centre and therefore they can only be used in an emergency.Contacting your child - Parents are asked not to call the centre except in an emergency. Children are involved in an activity programme often on a large site and may be some distance away from the phone.
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