Challenge Academy is a Community Interest Company with a wealth of outdoor activity delivery experience. Our aims are to bring innovative and accessible outdoor learning opportunities to the community and engage all abilities.  Our Adventure Hubs are located at Baggeridge Country Park, West Midlands and Markeaton Park, Derby, where our amazing Aerial Ropes Adventure facilities are suitable for everyone from age 5 upwards.  We are also mobile, able to visit you at your location with our Terra Firma resource. We deliver

  • Aerial Ropes Adventure – something for everyone – fun, engaging and challenging.
  • Training Courses – We use the surrounding environment at Baggeridge Country Park to deliver ‘Terra Firma’ Ground-Based Challenge.
  • Challenge Academy can also offer qualifications to participants (OFQUAL approved) so please call us or read here to find out more Accreditation.  Please take time to read about our products, training and services and give us a call if you want to discuss further how we can best meet your needs.
  • Mobile Outreach – highly experienced facilitators and instructors can visit your establishment with our own Mobile Challenge Course

Our Staff

With Challenge Academy you get a dedicated team of trained teachers, ex-military instructors and adventure trainers.  We pride ourselves on our facilitation skills, extensive experience, safe operations and positive experiences.  We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation so our focus is on business development and bringing more exciting and accessible active outdoor learning opportunities to the West and East Midlands communities.


Challenge Academy delivers package and bespoke programmes to a wide range of customers, all at affordable prices. We want to meet your needs, so please give our expert team a call if you want us to deliver a programme tailored to your specific outcomes from our wide range of quality outdoor experience products.


Our resources are designed and produced exclusively by Challenge Academy staff for large scale outdoor learning facilities and tasks. Input and collaboration from our subject specialists and lead trainers, with extensive teaching, military instruction, personal training and management experience, culminated in the design of innovative activities to be used for personal and team development and accreditation for Continued Professional Development (CPD) approved training and certification through AIM awards.


Challenge Academy continues to consult and work in partnership with a number of regional and national organisations in order to provide and deliver training, resources and relevant accreditation in support of sector needs and initiatives. We already deliver our services for various members of the Education, Criminal Justice and Care sectors. Give us a call now and see how we can work together.

Special Needs and Inclusion

We can provide you with a memorable experience at both of our sites no matter what your needs.  Baggeridge Adventure Hub has been especially equipped to accommodate people with special requirements and we pride ourselves on providing something for everyone. We have now delivered programmes to over 200 groups with specific needs.

Safety and Equipment

All Challenge Academy sites are equipped with modern, high-tech safety systems to ensure that participants are permanently clipped on and safe. Challenge Academy provide all Personal Protective Equipment (harnesses and helmets). We do not provide waterproofs, spare shoes, umbrellas etc. It is essential that paticipants come prepared for the weather, as getting cold and wet will affect the success of the experience.

Challenges For All


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.


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 provided.

Other Groups

'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.


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

pay and play

Pay & Play is available for booking online if you want to guarantee your place and time on our courses. You could also take your chance and visit without booking. Details & opening times are on our website - we advise that you check online before visiting.

mobile outreach

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 resource (Terra Firma) and our expertise to deliver an engaging, fun-filled, learning experience.