Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd, the parent company of British outdoor brands Rab and Lowe Alpine, has announced a two-year extension of its partnership with educational charity The Outward Bound Trust.
The Outward Bound Trust aims to introduce young people to the outdoors and provide them with powerful, lasting experiences in nature, while at the same time educating them on how to act responsibly and sustainably in wild spaces.
Rab and Lowe Alpine will provide support to the David Nieper Academy in Alfreton, Derbyshire (the base for the brands’ headquarters), with a multi-day Outward Bound residential course for 48 pupils in each year of the partnership. The brands will also allow its employees to become Outward Bound Employee Ambassadors. Four individuals have recently been selected to do this.
Rab and Lowe Alpine first partnered with Outward Bound in 2019 and after a disrupted couple of years due to the global pandemic, it is now clearer than ever the necessary benefits of experiencing the outdoors, on both people’s physical and mental health.
Debbie Read, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR at Equip, explains: “We’re incredibly proud to continue supporting The Outward Bound Trust and the work that they do. Feeling confident in the outdoors, while maintaining that sense of awe-inspiring adventure is something we as a brand believe to our very core. We hope by continuing to s, that we will help a new generation of young adults discover their own love and respect for nature, and that they use these courses to develop and grow as individuals.”
Nick Barrett, Chief Executive at The Outward Bound Trust, adds: “The pandemic impeded our work, but as restrictions lift, young people are back on Outward Bound residentials, where they are once again climbing mountains, sleeping under stars, getting battered by the elements and having wonderful adventures in the wild places of the UK. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Equip UK. Our organisations both share a passion and an understanding of the unique opportunity the outdoors offers for young people to connect with each other and with nature, learn to believe in themselves, develop resilience and to have fun. Never has the development of these attributes been more important than now.”
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