A student at the Marches Sixth Form recently took part in the Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA). Fraya Gilies-Foers spent five nights at Arthog, an outdoor education and activity centre.

“I was so far out of my comfort zone,” she said, “not only had I never done any of the physical activities that these courses are known for, but I had never even stayed away from home for so long before. I learned a lot about myself and became more confident and assertive in group situations – skills which I will put into use when I move on to University next year.”

Thanking the Rotary Club of Oswestry, sixth form student support coordinator Anita Wyatt, who had been part of Freya’s selection process, said: “Freya has visibly blossomed since attending, and has been much braver and aware of her strengths and weaknesses. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students.”

Freya is studying English Lit, RE and Media at A Level and wants to study English at university to become a writer.

“It’s wonderful to be able to make a difference to a young person’s life in this way,” said Oswestry Rotary Club’s youth chair Jayne Middleton, “that’s exactly why I wanted her to have the opportunity.”

Image: Freya Gillies-Foers receives her certificate from Martin Davies from Borderland Rotary Club