06 July 2012

Transport operators in Nottinghamshire have joined forces to help Scouts from across the UK take part in a major event.

Around 150 young people will descend on Nottingham this weekend to participate in The Big Game Live, an annual competition involving a range of challenges.

Now in its third year, the event will see teams of Explorer Scouts given eight hours to visit and photograph themselves at various locations in and around the city.

They’ll pick up extra points for additional tasks along the way and must use public transport to get around.

To help complete their mission they’ll be equipped with a Kangaroo travel ticket, enabling them to use local buses, trains and Nottingham’s tram network.

More than 150 tickets have been donated by the City Council with the backing of participating companies, including trent barton, Nottingham City Transport and NET.

"Our buses will help the Scouts travel easily and safely to Nottingham's major attractions - from the Robin Hood statue and castle, to the City Ground and Trent Bridge," said Nottingham City Transport Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith. "I'm sure they'll have a fantastic time and we're delighted to lend our support."

Florian Le Loroux, Marketing Manager at NET, commented: “The Kangaroo ticket offers is a great way to explore the city and we’re pleased to be involved in this support for the Scouts. I’m sure they’ll have an exciting time exploring Nottingham’s many attractions.”

Alex Hornby, Commercial Director at trent barton, said: “The event presents an ideal opportunity to introduce young people from across the country to this great city and we’re only too happy to help them get around.”

The Big Game Live is organised by Nottinghamshire Scouts, and is open to Explorers aged between 14 and 18 from across the UK.

Added Matt Rooney of Nottinghamshire Scouts: “The event will challenge young people’s thinking, route planning, organisational and navigation skills.

“It’s 21st Century Scouting and a real adventure! Having the continued support from major transport companies that keep Nottingham moving ensures Scouting continues to be exciting and relevant.”