A hobby he had as a teenager has led to a dream job for 22-year-old Sutton man Adam Sargeant -- helping to lead an outdoor adventure youth club.
From the ages of 12 to 18, Adam was a member of the Mill Adventure Base, a purpose-built centre run by Nottinghamshire County Council at the King’s Mill Reservoir in Sutton.
Now he has become a part-time associate tutor at the centre after successfully completing a two-and-a-half-year apprenticeship.
It marks a superb career-achievement for Adam, who first attended the Mill’s weekly youth club ten years ago and was immediately hooked by its wide range of outdoor activities, such as kayaking and mountain-biking.
“I come from an active family who have been heavily involved in the Scouts,” said Adam, of Mapleton Way. “So when I heard that there was an outdoor pursuits centre close to where we lived, I was keen to get involved.
“After school, I was not sure how to get into this sort of work, so I was grateful to the county council when the opportunity to become an apprentice came up.
“I am thrilled to become a part-time member of staff. My experiences here as a teenager will help young people because I can remember what it was like to learn new skills and build confidence through outdoor activities.”
Adam has completed a level-three sports leadership qualification and will work three days a week for the council’s outdoor and environmental education service at the Mill, which supports and inspires about 9,000 teenagers every year.
He will lead Saturday sessions for eight-to-19-year-olds and help youngsters learn pursuits such as water sports and tackling a climbing wall, and develop skills such as team-building. He will also head a coast-to-coast bike-ride in the summer with a local school.
The Mill’s manager, Drew Cartwright, said: “This is a wonderful story of personal achievement, and a great example of how our apprentice scheme works. We wish Adam well.”