Breakaway crew take time out for Bermuda students
Youth counsellors from the Norwegian
Breakaway got some shore leave to share leadership lessons with west end students while their boat was in port.
It is hoped the initiative, which imparts life skills through sports and games, can become a regular event as the mega ship calls on Bermuda throughout the summer.
Crew members from the
Breakaway’s Splash Academy Youth Team joined with coaches from the UK youth development charity Kings Foundation to meet with students at Sandys Secondary Middle School and Sandys 360 last Thursday.
Once the school closes for the summer, the group will meet with children taking part in the Sandys 360 summer programme, said managing director Melvyn Bassett.
“It’s primarily leadership focused — they couch their message in games of various kinds, and then break and chat with the young people.
“As their schedule rotates, they will likely work with different groups of children. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their interaction on Thursday — they spent the afternoon here.”
The initiative, dubbed Sports to Ports, lets crew members use their free time to volunteer with young people on shore.
Their first visit, in which Sandys Secondary Middle School teachers also took part, offered a chance for the crew to connect with Bermuda, Dr Bassett added.
Former Sandys Secondary student Chris‘t’ian Swan, who now works closely with cruise companies to provide guest services, is a former Norwegian Cruise Line worker who brokered the connection with Kings Foundation and Sandys 360.
Mr Swan said he was interested in partnering with the cruise lines to help them become “good global citizens”.
Useful website: www.kingsfoundation.org.