Rory met with Chief Executive of the Institute for Outdoor Learning , Andy Robinson, in Penrith, as he continues in his campaign to make Cumbria a world-leader in outdoor pursuits and education.

Rory has recently played an integral role in efforts to setup a satellite centre for the National Mountain Centre in local college, Newton Rigg, that will provide local people with the chance to access the highest qualifications in the industry. This latest meeting with Andy Robinson focused on how to make Cumbrian businesses and schools work more closely together to make Cumbria the European leader in outdoor education. Andy explained how the Institute for Outdoor Learning, as a Cumbrian based national charity, would be well placed to offer support.

Rory said: “It was fantastic to meet with Andy and learn about the Institute for Outdoor Learning. I really believe that outdoor pursuits must be part of Cumbria’s future, and that given our landscape, there is no reason why the experiences and outdoor education we offer cannot match that of Switzeland or New Zealand. One thing I am really keen to see, is more opportunities for local young people to equip themselves with the skills and experience required to take advantage of the huge potential the outdoor industry still offers here in Cumbria. We must show Cumbrians that this is vital to our economic future, engage more schools, and encourage the thousands of businesses to work more closely with the local community and economy.”

Rory has proposed that they work over the next five years to bring far more Cumbrians jobs in the outdoor economy. He will be gathering headteachers, outdoor centres, businesses, and hotels to reinforce the great potential of the industry and convince people to work far more closely together. He is encouraging all interested parties within the local outdoor sector who would be keen to participate in such an event, to get in touch with him either by email on [email protected] or to contact his office on 01768 758 772.

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