Our mission is to provide recreational facilities
and activities for young people in Eskdale

Holiday Programmes

We have been running Holiday Programmes since the start of the Xcel Project. They take place during the Easter, Summer and October school holidays.

This is a partnership project and we work with a number of different partners to deliver the programmes. These include the Eskdale Sports Centre, Langholm Playcare, Church of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Buccleuch Centre as well as a number of local sports clubs.

We try to identify a pathway for the young people, especially where the sporting activities are concerned. So, if a young person takes part in rugby and enjoys it we know they can go along to Langholm Youth Rugby Club and continue their interest and develop their skills. By using local clubs and coaches it means the young people have a familiar face when they go along to one of the clubs for the first time.

All of the Holiday Programmes include trips to a number of different places. These always prove to be very popular and we try to remove the barrier of cost by subsidising the travel, this makes the trips a lot more accessible for a number of young people and families.


Our activities form the basis of everything we do. We offer opportunities for young people of all ages to engage with the project, have fun, learn and develop themselves. We are always looking at new ideas for projects and activities.


Leadership is an important part of the Xcel Project. The majority of our volunteers are under the age of 25 and we also want to give young people who have engaged in the project previously the chance to stay involved.


We want to challenge young people to look at what they are going to do when they leave school or exit further education. We will encourage them to think about their future and provide them with the information and skills they need.