Unite 2016 will take place from 3rd to 5th June 2016 at BBUK Headquarters (Felden Lodge).
After the success of the first Unite in 2015, the event is returning in June 2016 and is set to be an amazing weekend! There will be a semi-structured programme with worship and lots of activities. There will be street dance and cheerleading workshops led by university societies, water games, a camp fire, Olympic themed games and challenges, a lip sync battle and Unite’s Got Talent – a talent show where we encourage anyone who is willing to come prepared with their acts to showcase in front of everyone! Lots more will be announced over the coming months.
These activities will be facilitated by groups attending Unite and the Unite village leaders.
There will also be items in the programme for accompanying leaders, including a variety of workshops and a networking afternoon tea with people on hand to talk about the world of BB and more.
The camping field will be split into three villages, and every group attending will be allocated to one of these. Each one will be looked after by two village leaders, who will be announced soon, and we encourage groups to bring flags, bunting etc. to decorate their village to see which looks the best!
To celebrate the 2016 Olympic Games which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’re going to celebrate by bringing a taste of the Games to Unite! As part of the programme there will be various Olympic-themed activities, some of which will count towards the village competition that takes place throughout the weekend. There will also be times of worship with our fantastic speaker for the weekend, Mark Greenwood, as well as James Oxford and his band.
What’s going to be happening?
Check out the weekend planner to see a full programme of what’s in store at Unite 2016! You will also be given a printed planner when you arrive to keep with you and it will also be posted on the village noticeboards.
Who will be there?
Mark Greenwood is no stranger to The Boys’ Brigade, having been a speaker at the first Unite in 2015, for four years at Firm Foundations as well as speaking at many Boys’ Brigade events around the country through the years. He is a keen Bradford City fan, he loves coffee (bit of a coffee snob), curry, reading, playing the guitar and visiting the cinema (nowhere near enough). He is married with two daughters and currently lives in Warwickshire. He has the best sideburns in the world.
Sean Clancy and Gareth Hillier
We are excited to have Sean Clancy and Gareth Hillier with us to lead the sessions for 15-18 year olds. If you saw Sean last year you will know that they are sure to be great sessions!
James Oxford is a worship leader from Bradford. He is no stranger to leading large groups of people in heartfelt worship and has organised various worship events within the city. He recently graduated from Leeds Trinity University and is married. He plays many instruments – guitar, piano, drums to name a few and you could also say he’s bit of a sport fanatic, regularly cycling and enjoying football and tennis. He has been a member of The Boys’ Brigade since he was a little boy in Anchor Boys.
University of Bedfordshire Bulls Level 2 Cheerleading Team
The University of Bedfordshire Bulls is a Level 2 University Cheerleading Team. They are a squad of 19 athletes this year, and a mixture of guys and girls. They have competed as a team for the past few years with a constantly renewed member base, as students move on, and have competed at many national competitions and been fortunate to have the support of their university.
Their best results to date are placing first in group stunt two years running, placing second in hip-hop, placing second at cheer university nationals and placing fourth at nationals which involves not only university teams, but teams from all over the country. They are a new squad this year with only 8 original members, and yet we have some really great talent. They hope to see many supporters this year at the annual BCA University National Championships! Be more Bull!
Jac is a commercial, hip hop and contemporary trained dancer who frequently performs in shows and for up and coming artists. He is currently training at Middlesex University studying Dance Performance. This workshop will be a chance to let yourself go and enjoy the music. Jac will be teaching an upbeat, fun all levels routine and you will get the chance to add your own choreography at the end!
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