50+ activities, warm-ups, challenges, reviews and feedback ideas.

Terra Firma is a range of innovative Challenge Activity Equipment, ideally suited to support the positive development of people and teams of any age and ability. We continue to receive very positive feedback regarding its value and benefits.

Our range of products and services are all tried and tested with a diverse range of customers, all focussing on developing team values and personal qualities. Its core elements develop trust, co-operation, teamwork, decision making, leadership, respect, confidence, communication, creative thinking and problem solving skills. Think of Terra Firma equipment and activity as a playground for everyone with measurable and meaningful outcomes!

10% discount available for existing customers. Quote BOC10 for more details

Active outdoor learning to develop teams and individuals

A ‘Bag of Character’ is a sturdy weatherproof holdall full of the equipment required for 50+ warm-ups, team challenges and reviews.  Furthermore this resource includes a comprehensive operations manual and associated Ofqual approved training ‘Facilitation Skills for Experiential Learning’.

The resource and activities are suitable for all ages and abilities from KS2.  The training focus on facilitation skills, how to pitch the learning and achieve desired outcomes.

Option 1 'Bag of Character'

£975 plus vat.  Price includes delivery and free telephone support. Ideal if you or your team are experienced facilitators.

We are happy to host you at our Baggeridge Adventure Hub or visit your establishment to demonstrate the resource and explain how a ‘Bag of Character’, can benefit your establishment.

“We invested in the kit and the training package. We received 6 hours of easy to follow, fun and comprehensive training. 8 Staff in total received the training and by the end of the session we were able to facilitate the resources feeling comfortable enough to adapt the resources for our specific teaching needs.’ John Dziunka – Saint Benedict Catholic School and Performing Arts College

Option 2 'Bag of Character' with training

£1500 plus vat.  Price includes delivery, free telephone support and 6 hours of training for 8 members of your team.  Extra training slots can be purchased at £50 per person

Trainees will undergo 6hrs of training (certified Institute for Outdoor Learning CPD), will be assessed throughout the process and will then be qualified to facilitate activities from the resource.

We are happy to host you at our Baggeridge Adventure Hub or visit your establishment to demonstrate the resource and explain how a ‘Bag of Character’, can benefit your establishment.

The training day was carefully structured to allow skills to develop through warm-ups, simpler to more complex tasks and group review sessions.  The trainer was engaging and inclusive and knew exactly how to get the team out of its comfort zone to work harder, faster and with improved results. A good time was had by all and the team left having made fresh discoveries about colleagues and knowledge about themselves”. Rachel Bovill – Curriculum Development Mananger AIM Awards


Bags of Character  Challenge Academy offers ‘Bags of Character’, a portable and sturdy resource kit developed over the last 8 years by teaching and military specialists.  The resource and associated programmes aim to promote and develop social and emotional skills and mental toughness through fun, physical activity.  We know that pupils will engage, be challenged and improve essential skills such as communication, trust, responsibility, creative thinking, unity and the ability to bounce back.

A ‘Bag of Character’ will help fulfil your National Curriculum requirement for ‘taking part in outdoor and adventure activity challenges both individually and within a team. The various activities that Challenge Academy provide create a learning and development environment that facilitates the promotion of social and emotional skills, resilience and a metacognitive approach in young people. These soft skills are known to raise performance across the school curriculum and are recognised as a tool for helping whole school improvement.


Who is it For? ‘Bags of Character’ and associated facilitation and training have been used successfully with a wide range of groups: schools, colleges, NEET groups, Pupil Referral Units, staff groups, corporate groups, in prisons and much more. All of our programmes are engaging, fun and with a focus on developing the following core skills:

  • TRUST: Understanding how trust works and how to build it.
  • COMMUNICATION: How to watch, listen and interpret others effectively.
  • UNITY: Connecting with others to develop both individually and as a team.
  • RESILIENCE:Improving the ability to bounce back when faced with challenges.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Taking ownership and harnessing the power to shape outcomes.
  • CREATIVITY: Fostering and enabling creativity and original thought.
  • RESOLUTION: Showing how conclusions are reached and next steps agreed.
  • PROGRESSION: Ways to achieve the desired outcome and continue to develop.

The ‘Bags of Character’ approach enlightens participants to the need to assess, plan, do,   review and then adapt their own and their team’s performance in order to improve performance and outcomes.


Educational Relevance  Challenge Academy is led by experienced teachers and ex-military instructors.  All of our courses and programmes are appropriate to your educational needs, relevant to the following examples of the school learning profile:

  • Quality assured resources, training and development.
  • Cross-curricular links to the National Curriculum.
  • Enrichment days, reward, inclusion 
  • Leadership pathways – prefects, 6th form Induction.
  • CPD Staff training and development.
  • OFQUAL accredited courses.

‘Bags of Character’ is proven to build Emotional Resilience and Mental Toughness.

Resilience is Critical in a Learning Environment and key to outstanding teaching and learning in schools. When students have resilience, they are open to learning because they believe that greater effort and persistence are the key to progression. Greater resilience is linked to:

  • Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals
  • Positive Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do”
  • Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management , less prone to bullying
  • Aspirations – more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk.

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Baggeridge Adventure Hub has been inspected by the Council for Learning Outside the  Classroom and awarded the LOTC Quality Badge as  recognition that our organisation:

  • Engages in an ongoing process to sustain high quality learning outside the classroom
  • Meets all of the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Quality Badge indicators

Download our LOTC Quality Badge Certificate here

:Our Packages: You might want to climb, swing, jump or do something with feet firmly on the ground.  Whatever it is we have something for everyone, all ages and all abilities.  Our aim is to get everyone outdoors, adventurous, active, working as a team and having fun.  Click on the boxes below to find out more.  Still not sure what to do?  Please email us at info@challengeacademy.co.uk or call us on 01384 429866


Challenge Academy offers a wide range of activities to ensure that your team, class or year-group has an exceptional experience – whatever the age and ability. We deliver activities to promote learning. Our programmes are designed and led by ex-teachers.

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Build your own Team-Building Day. Something for everyone, no matter what your abilities. Delivered by our high level facilitators – we ensure that the day is fun and experience is positive for everyone. Food and refreshments can be provided on request


Parties to suit your budget and ability. If you can get a group of 10 or more (age 5+) then our Junior, Adventure and Ultimate Parties offer great value. Book online to secure the exclusive slot (10am – 12pm) or call us to book a different session.


A superb location for your scouts, guides, church group, knitting circle etc. We can offer a fun, meaningful and memorable experience for 2 hours, half a day, or full day. Call us to discuss – you can pick and mix so that your experience suits everyone.


Pay & Play is available for booking online if you want to guarantee your place and time on our course. You could also take a chance and visit without booking. Details & opening times are on our website so click on the link below.

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Don’t forget we can also bring our innovative team challenges to you. At your conference, at your school, at your club.  Our senior facilitators are able to bring our resources and our expertise to deliver an engaging, fun-filled, learning experience.