ABOUT US AT CHALLENGE ACADEMY
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. Challenge Academy delivers package and bespoke programmes to a wide range of customers, all at affordable prices. We are based at Baggeridge Country Park and are proud to present a number of activities and programmes to suit everyone, all ages and all abilities
We are open 12 months per year for pre-booked parties, group programmes, corporate, schools, and mobile outreach. We open from February half-term to October for ‘pay and play’ use by the General Public.
The instructors are amazing and so encouraging when you have those occasional ‘I can’t do this’ moments! There are lots of them which means their organisation is second to none, safety is paramount and all this for a fantastically great value price! I didn’t know this place existed but I’ll be spreading the word, Thank you Challenge Academy!
Staff were first class, very patient and helpful. Safety is
Thank you to all the staff for a brilliant fun educational day! It gave our pupils with less confidence a chance to shine and our pupils with confidence an extra challenge. The teamwork involved has encouraged our pupils to support each other not only during physical activities but also during class lessons. We will definitely be returning during the summer as one of our invaluable ‘Sports Experience’ programmes
We think that we have the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes required to make an impact. All of our staff, permanent and part time, are passionate about active outdoor learning and its’ far reaching benefits for lifelong learning.
Mel Ellis Mel is responsible for directing CA business. He is an Accredited Paractitioner for the Institute of Outdoor Learning, qualified PE teacher and retired RAF Squadron Leader (Physical Education Branch) who specialised as a Parachute Jump Instructor during his 16 year Service career…
Greg Brookes-Clayton Greg directs our Educational Offer and is the CA lead facilitator. He is a qualified teacher with significant experience in the field of Special Educational Needs (SEN). Prior to joining Challenge Academy, Greg completed his teaching career as Head of Pupil Referral Unit in Derby City…
Chris Smith Chris is a PE teacher with 24 years experience as Head of P.E. at The Kingswinford School. His main focus is on the positive development of ‘soft skills’. As well as instructing at Baggeridge Adventure Hub Chris is also responsible for our mobile outreach…