At work and leisure over the ICC Weekend

We have all been left a little tanned and maybe much tired after the excursion day adventures in Wales on Friday, while for many the weekend means having been away from home on their ICC adventure for a week! And so things took a slower, relaxing, but just as fun a pace over the weekend.

Saturday was ICC’s first ever Media Day, with a focus and flexibility on unleashing participants’ creative spurs to produce content for our camp newspaper and podcast. Some took to the computer rooms to avidly type, while others produced audio content or based their writing from recorded interviews produced around the RNC campus.

On Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning, many participants and their national team staff took chance to explore the town of Hereford together. To name but some – the UK group introduced our Dutch and Croatian friends to the fine tradition of a British pub; while a UK, Hungarian and Japanese contingent walked the historic streets, and were joined by Czech participants on Sunday morning to the Cathedral Green and a Sunday morning service, followed by another fine British tradition, tea and scones!

Back on the RNC campus, a late brunch was served for those wishing to catch up on precious sleep, before everyone rejoined in the afternoon for workshops to recommence.

Batteries were well recharged by evening, as our most avid and competitive sporting leisure time activities took place. Team GB scored 15 in the football game, but was overcome by Germany and Slovenia’s combined strength hitting the net 16 times! Meanwhile the Queen’s Lawn was busy with more people enjoying a cricket session or first time ever taster of the sport. Indoors, UK volunteer and Goalball coach Graham Stearn was joined by one of our participants and a budding coach himself. Together they coached an enthused session and Goalball match. We saw skilful experienced and talented new players, from the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria.

The weekend truly left us all enriched and refreshed.

Pictures from the weekend

Canoeing, Climbing and Rafting – across the Welsh border on ICC Excursion Day

A great tradition of ICC is our excursion day. We crossed the border from Herefordshire and England into Wales, arriving at an activity centre and cafe on grassy river banks near the historic town of Brecon, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Thankfully for many, the record-breaking British temperatures of recent days cooled off – but there was still plenty of sunshine as national groups took part over the morning and afternoon in our fun, active, team-building activities, of canoeing, climbing, and raft building.

In the afternoon those who wanted a little less physical exertion, and a little more culture, were only a short river path walk away from taking some time to explore the town of Brecon.

Group photo on the grass in front of the river bank – participants, volunteers and staff from all nations, many waring VICTA Children t-shirts

Everyone returned to camp, cheery, perhaps a little tired, to enjoy the tradition of a British barbecue on the terrace. For many, this was followed by a sociable drink at RNC’s on-site bar, maybe enjoying some conversation outside in the cool clear evening, or in the warmth and comfort of our accommodation block lounges.

The day ended with everyone having seen a little more of the UK, learning about their own abilities, and about each other from all across of Europe and beyond!

Photos from Friday