We are passionate about the powerful nature of outdoor environments and learning ‘outside the classroom’ to promote and develop essential life skills, character and resilience.


We believe that everyone should have opportunities to recognise the importance and benefit of developing a mindset that will enable positive, life affirming, healthy choices.


If we want to share our purpose and opportunities for social impact, we need to empower others to gain the knowledge and skills to do so.


Some schools want something more than ‘single session’ visits to our site.  We can offer a number of bespoke solutions for educational establishments.  You may want regular interventions or you might have a group with specific needs or outcomes.  Whatever the need we are able to provide a solution at an affordable price.  Have a look at some of the examples below but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require something out of the ordinary.


Challenge Academy presents a wide and ever expanding portfolio of programmes to meet the needs of schools.  Navigate around this page to see if there is something that suits and then get in touch so that we can tailor your needs.  If you are just looking for a single session ‘school trip’ experience then please click the button below.


 We provide an exclusive environment where we deliver learning opportunities to young people with social, emotional and mental health challenges.  Our main focus is to use adventure and problem solving activities in order to move participants outside of their comfort zone into their stretch zone where they can develop positive core values.  Delivered by our senior team of facilitators, including trained teachers, outdoor practitioners and ex military instructors. We do not coerce and we always operate on a ‘Challenge by Choice’ basis. 

1-Hit Programmes

Fun, individual/team challenge, personal/team development and focus on learning. These programmes are targeted and we endeavour to always achieve desired outcomes: improved confidence, control, resilience, commitment. All in a caring, safe and positive environment. From £50 + vat per person based on 10 attending.

2-3 Session Programmes

Personalised learning, specific focus, changing behaviour, improving performance and attainment. Using a variety of experiential learning and encouragement of purposeful practice and reflection. From £50 + vat per person based on 10 attending.

6-8 Session Programmes

Progression throughout and MTQ48 Mental Toughness Measure* included. Targeted interventions may include employment skills and an element of classroom based learning is necessary. We also include an ofqual award if required (AIM Awards Personal Potential*) and a first aid qualification, dependant on ability. From £50 + vat per person based on 10 attending.


Ideal if you want a regular slot with Challenge Academy to achieve a long-term goal.  This might be a provision for a class or year group, a sports club or ‘Outdoor Adventure’ option or a programme for a group of students at risk of exclusion.  Having a regular slot means that we can be very competitive on price. We can also come to you.


We can do impact programmes anywhere, anytime. We deliver a targeted intervention over a set period of time, normally 3 weeks or 6 weeks.  These are suitable for any age and we use our most experienced facilitators.  Remember that we have classroom space onsite so delivery of functional skills is also achievable


Our 6-hour training course, Facilitation Skills for Experiential Learning, is accredited CPD with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) and delivered by our senior facilitators (Led by Accredited Practitioners for IOL). This empowers your staff to deliver exceptional challenge programmes at your location and assist us at ours to keep the pricing down.


The most important skills employers need require people to be mentally tough. Life skills that today’s employers value are mental toughness, effective communication, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, adaptability, positivity, learning from criticism, working under pressure.  Our senior facilitators will deliver an exceptional programme to your students at your place or ours.


Call us and we will invite you for a free demo of our courses and kit in action.  Remember that our courses are suitable for all ages and all abilities and we are always happy to design a bespoke programme that suits your desired outcomes and fits with limitations such as budget and transport.  The key for us is effective facilitation to bring the activities alive.  


Develop Essential Life Skills such as leadership, motivation, perseverance, mental toughness, self-control and regulation. Promote emotional well-being through behaviour change. Above all we want our students and delegates to recognise that treading outside of their ‘comfort zones’ is extremely rewarding with huge value for lifelong learning.

educational courses

From mainstream to courses for SEN we have a number of programmes on offer for your school.  Some are based on a one-hit basis and some focus on a progressive approach with a number of visits.  All delivered by senior facilitators and teachers either at our site of at your location.

COMMUNITY programmes

It is widely recognised across all sectors that ‘soft skills’ enable the qualities, behaviours and attributes needed to succeed in the workplace. Challenge Academy deliver specific services to support these qualities and behaviours. Our services have been commissioned to support different sectors.

TRAINING courses

We like to spread the good news and empower others to deliver.  Our training packages and courses are intended to upskill your staff to enable delivery of our services. All training is supported by relevant  approved qualifications for continuing professional development.  Delivered at Baggeridge Adventure or at your location.


Challenge Academy have designed and delivered bespoke programmes to support targeted intervention for Charities, Education, Criminal Justice, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the NHS.  Intervention can be delivered by our highly experienced team of professionals or we can upskill your own staff using our accredited courses.   


‘This equipment has become a leadership and team building ‘game changer, for the RAFAC. The quality of training and equipment that is now available to our cadets as a result of the Mobile Challenge Course is in stark contrast to the splintered planks of wood and rusty oil barrels that went before it. Challenge Academy provide a highly professional service supported by high quality robust resources that are fit for purpose and suitably pitched facilitation training.  Everyone that has experienced it has bought in to the concept and there is genuine excitement about it’

Air Cadets – Training and Safety Advisor (Central and Eastern Region)


‘Thank you for the excellent training that we recently received. Challenge Academy provided excellent training and facilitation. They managed the training to meet the delegates needs who will all use the resources in different ways. Whether the resources are being used for Young People or Whole Force we are confident that the training will provide the tools we need to promote learning’

Station Training Officer RAF College Cranwell


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’  

St Benedict’s School of Performing Arts 


‘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’ 

Curriculum Development Manager Aim Awards


‘Huge thank you again for a fantastic day last Thursday. The product is awesome and I really enjoyed the training thanks to you, you totally engaged the group and you are a brilliant facilitator. I loved the ‘aha’ moments linking to business needs, management actions and leadership skills.I’m very excited about the potential impact the BOC can have not only in Fitness First but UAE. I’ve already been thinking about which activities link to different learnings and outcomes’ 

Fitness First –  Middle East and North Africa



Baggeridge Country Park, Gospel End Rd, Sedgley DY3 4HB.

You will find us just below the park tea shop.  Park your vehicle, pay for parking and walk down the track.

01902 671072

Office Hours Mon-Fri 0900 - 1600


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