Sometimes you have to be brave to have fun. And so it was when we took eight 8-12 year olds go karting. On one of the hottest afternoons this summer the mixed group got dressed up in thick racing overalls, balaclavas, helmets, neck guards and gloves before chasing each other around the Guernsey Karting track. The race briefing was all about how to go, how to stop and what the signals meant.
There was a certain amount of anxiety before we started, the go karts go fast and you have to believe you can be in control. The first lap was a journey into the unknown, particularly in a group where not everyone knew each other. I was so impressed how they set off with caution and gradually speeded up – some more than others. The driver’s challenge was to beat their last lap time not someone in the next kart.
Everyone increased their skills and when they were flagged in at half time they formed a perfect line up. At the end of the half hour they rolled in looking very hot and buzzing with excitement.
With some snacks to finish we heard a bit more about what it is like round the chicane or when the karts get too close.
We are very grateful to the lovely person who donated the session for eight young people to The HUB. A further huge thanks goes to Karting Guernsey who were brilliant.
For anyone who knows about the HUB staff challenge of 150 chocolate free days (our challenge to celebrate 150 years of Barnardo’s . If you would like to support us please check out https://giving.gg/donate/event/1087/150-Chocolate-Free-Days) I can assure you that the staff team (Grace nor I) did not eat any of the choc treats.