Graduate Stories


Outdoor Education Graduate - Bryan Fennell

Bryan Fennell

What I do: Chief Instructor

I am the current Chief Instructor for Leaside, an activity centre based on the River Lea in Hackney, London.  Leaside delivers inspiring and engaging outdoor activities to young people. Based in an area of London which is in the top 10% deprivation bracket in the UK and 29% of young people are not in employment, education or training, Leaside encourages young people to stay in education, develop their confidence, leadership skills and ambition. We provide a variety of activities within an educational framework, including canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and expeditions. My main duties include managing staff, developing and maintaining activity standards and working daily with young people to enrich their lives through alternative education.

How the course helped me

GMIT provided me with a diverse range of teaching skills and experience in the outdoors. Without my studies at GMIT I feel that I would lack the confidence and skills required to adapt to young people’s needs. At GMIT I discovered that working as an Outdoor Educator involves much more than simply going kayaking or rock climbing. I discovered the opportunity to use the outdoors as a means to reach young people on a completely different level than conventional education systems. During my studies I became involved in new and adventures activities, resulting in me seeking out internationality recognised coaching qualifications for those sports.