Charting a course towards cross-border collaboration

Students from both sides of the Channel joined forces in Folkestone at the weekend as part of a project promoting cross-border collaboration and building self-esteem.


It was the first event in this year's Tall Ships programme, which culminates on July 7 with the youngsters setting sail on a five-day voyage for Boulogne from Folkestone Harbour Arm, arriving in time to join the French Festival of the Sea.

The scheme takes place every two years and is funded by Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Boulogne town council, Eurotunnel and Folkestone Harbour Company. It aims to promote team-building and educational opportunities for the students involved.

A total of 60 13 to 15 year olds from schools across the district and in Boulogne took part in the first weekend of fun activities at Folkestone Sports Centre, including footgolf, archery, tobogganing, orienteering and water-based activities.

Jyotsna Leney, Community Services Manager at Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said the project provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local students.

The Tall Ships project is something young people will always remember being part of, and it teaches them hugely valuable skills as well as giving them the opportunity to get to know students from another country.
It was wonderful to see them working together over the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing friendships blossom over the course of the programme.
Jyotsna Leney, Community Services Manager

The next weekend event is 17-20 May in Boulogne, and the students will be back in Folkestone on June 15 and 16.

Published on 01 April 2019