Group Leader Interview – Francesca

Name: Francesca
When Started: August 2018

Position Held: Group Leader
Background: Teaching, Art and Design.
Hobbies / Interests: Cycling, Camping, Crafting, Cooking, Mountains

What centre do you work at and what’s great about where you live?

Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden. Having the hills on your doorstep is amazing! It’s a beautiful spot.

Why did you choose Robinwood?

I have always loved the outdoors and after visiting as a teacher I thought this would be a great way to pass on this love to children. (And better than marking books!)

How did you find the selection process?

Intense! Trapeze at 7.30am was quite the wake up! Everyone was amazing though and we had a real laugh.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Robinwood?

Getting children interested in activities they have never tried before and watching them face their fears.

What’s the best part of your job?

The challenge of a new group each week means it never gets dull as no two weeks are ever the same.

What is it like working with 7-11 year olds?

They always manage to make me laugh and you get to be a big kid too!

Describe your first group in 5 words.

Exciting, Tiring, Rewarding, Fun, Nerve-wracking.

What’s been your funniest moment?

After spotting wildlife around the centre my groups teacher told the children that there were ten Monkeys on site too (we had ten children…). At the end of the three days one of the children asked me why they hadn’t seen the monkeys yet! I didn’t have the heart to explain…

What is your favourite session to run and why?

Piranha Pool because you can see the group coming together as a team in order to escape – also you get to tell a great story and build the tension.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying?

Go fot it! Be prepared to put in long days, buy the work-life balance is worth it.


The challenge of a new group each week means it never gets dull as no two weeks are ever the same.