“My co-curricular experiences have prepared me for a life beyond Bradfield and made me aware of what we can do to give back to other communities.”
The Co-Curricular Programme is a huge part of College life. It helps you make friends, get involved and ultimately have fun outside the classroom.
One aspect of co-curricular, which I discovered at the beginning of last year, was EDCLUB, a foundation built around teaching English and Maths to children in the Huruma slum of Nairobi via video calls.
Inspired by this EDCLUB movement, four friends and I spearheaded the creation of a library for the children in Huruma.
We encouraged the whole College to bring in old books to donate to the project and at the end of it we filled 17 boxes with over 1000 books.
They recently arrived in Nairobi and from there they will be driven to Huruma and our Bradfield-EDCLUB library can finally open its doors!
Other than the book collection, we also organized a charity auction at Commemoration Day last summer in order to raise funds for the refurbishment and maintenance of the library building.
After a day of selling raffle tickets and advertising our auction prizes we managed to raise just under £4000!
Participating in the EDCLUB at Bradfield is maybe not the most mainstream thing to do, but it has allowed me to grasp new opportunities, such as teaching via Skype or organizing the logistics of a charity event.
My co-curricular experiences have prepared me for a life beyond Bradfield and made me aware of what we can do to give back to other communities, like that of Huruma.
Aside from the EDCLUB movement I can proudly say I stand as the last resort in goal for the lacrosse 1st team and am a keen, albeit not so good, polo player.
Again, these sports may not be the most standard, but their smaller teams and constant levels of motivation have enabled me to enjoy my time on Bradfield’s sports pitches.
As all the sports do at Bradfield, these experiences have equipped me with vital qualities such as being a team player, being committed and being resilient, to name just a few.
My message is that, although you may have to put on your shin pads and turn up to hockey or football, there are so many other co-curricular opportunities for you to try, be it on or off the sports pitches.