Last week Loughs Agency ran a 5 day Foyle Ambassador programme for 14-17 year olds. The programme is designed to connect young people with their local waterways, coastline and wildlife through recreation, volunteering and conservation opportunities.
What a week our latest Foyle Ambassadors had! On Monday they began their week raft building in Creggan Country in close to Artic conditions! The following day they spent a day learning to fish in Ballyheather Trout Fishery, catching and releasing 14 fish!
On Wednesday they had a guided tour around Foyle Port and saw massive Chinese ship full of South American grain being unloaded. They did their bit for the environment on Thursday by doing a litter pick on the banks of the Foyle where they collected over 10 bags full of rubbish. Their action packed week finished in style on a beautiful Good Friday on Benone beach trying their hand at Stand Up Paddle boarding with Longline Surf School.
Allan Bogle, Community Engagement Officer at Loughs Agency said "throughout the week we encouraged our Ambassadors to discover more, explore more, conserve more and share more using the John Muir Discovery Award. Ambassadors do not only build lasting connections with wild places, they also build lasting friendships with people from different backgrounds. The experiences they gain provides them with skills for life through fun, friendship and adventure.
Loughs Agency believe that our Ambassadors Programme has the potential to reach many more young people, creating stronger communities and inspiring everyone to love our waterways.