Free advice and information service for young people Connexions Gloucestershire benefits from team building exercise day at The Cotswold Conference Centre

April 13, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Connexions is a service giving free advice and information to young people and having a strong team of advisers is essential. The Cotswold Conference Centre gave them a great day of team building and fun that proved positive in every way.

A team of staff from Connexions Gloucestershire went to The Cotswold Conference Centre for a fun packed day of team building, and were both surprised and delighted with the quality of their day: “Thanks a lot to those who organized it. It was great fun and well facilitated” (member of the Connexions Gloucestershire team). 93% of those on the team-building day said that the day was excellent or very good in terms of how enjoyable it was, with 79% agreeing that it will help them work better with colleagues in the future.

The Cotswold Conference Centre offers facilities for everything from media training to team building. As well as it’s high-tech training suites; the centre uses its acres of stunning grounds to its advantage. The team building can be as short as a single ‘eye-opener’ activity or as long as a day packed with problems and puzzles, that not only tax the body and mind but encourage team work, motivation and trust. For example in one of the activities, ‘Okavango’ three gems are hidden within three pipes. The gems must be retrieved using only the water found nearby and the equipment in their activity pack. This emphasizes the need for clear and thorough project planning prior to action. Once the plan has been agreed, the team has just 5 minutes to successfully complete the task.

Eleanor Barry, organizer of the event and team member of Connexions Gloucestershire was keen to express that “the food was great; freshly prepared and hot – which was very welcome having been out in the cold - and the catering staff were cheery and very helpful. The room facilities were excellent; light, roomy and contained everything we needed with the added bonus of tea/coffee available throughout the day.” The figures speak for themselves as 100% of the connexions staff thought that the venue was very good or excellent!

About Cotswold Conference Centre

Cotswold Conference Centre (CCC) was launched in January 2001. The facilities have developed over the past 30 years from humble beginnings as the residential training school for Group 4 Total Security. The centre now boasts 56 well-appointed en-suite rooms from four charming locations on site, which are set amongst 300 breathtaking acres of Cotswold Scenery with stunning views across the Vale of Evesham. The conference centre is the perfect learning environment with a village feel and offers meeting rooms with natural daylight, equipment and support from a small, friendly team.

Media Training Masterclasses provides executive communications coaching to a wide range of global clients. They sponsor the national Teaching Awards and the PR Week Communicator of the Year Award. The company was formed in 1996 and was based at the Centre for Broadcast Skills Training at Wood Norton.

CCC has been recognized as an Investor in People and the team at CCC were recently inspected and accredited with Hospitality Assured Meetings (HA/M). In September 2004, CCC was delighted to have been awarded a Gold Award at The Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards ceremony in the Business Tourism category. This recognition took CCC forward to the 2005 national awards hosted by VisitBritain and, again, they won the Gold Award

On most weekends throughout the year, the site hosts a range of weekend study breaks, day courses and other events for all interests. Farncombe Estate Centre run courses in art, music, theatre, singing, history, yoga and many other subjects. Please visit: for more information on the weekend courses or for more information about Cotswold Conference Centre please visit: or call 01386 858000 to find out more information.

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