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Challenge Academy has been shortlisted for a 2019 Outdoor Learning Award.

The annual awards are presented to Outdoor Learning professionals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding work and to encourage excellence.

Challenge Academy, an outdoor learning and adventure specialist based at Baggeridge Country Park, has been nominated in the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category, which celebrates schemes that have made a real difference to areas such as mental health, resilience and, or, social issues.

Working in partnership with Black Country Talent Match, Challenge Academy identified those most in need of support, enabling and selecting those furthest away from the job market and delivering a range of outdoor activities to develop mental toughness, in readiness for seeking employment and improved health and wellbeing.

The project used a range of outdoor learning opportunities to develop growth mindsets, confidence and health and wellbeing.

Challenge Academy Education and Development Director, Greg Brookes-Clayton, said: ”We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious industry award.  It was a very rewarding and impactful project where we believe we made a difference to the lives of many young people in the community.

“This year we have invested heavily in developing our facilities to enable us to reach more people in the community. To receive recognition for all our hard work with an award nomination is a great achievement in itself and to win our category would be amazing and top of what’s been a great year for us.”

To vote for Challenge Academy to win the 2019 ‘Health and Wellbeing’ Outdoor Learning Award, click here. 

Voting closes at Midnight on 30th September 2019.

As a Community Interest Company, Challenge Academy provides outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities and all its profits are used to develop the site and continually improve the range of activities on offer.


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