What you need to know about Challenge Academy.

About 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

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We recognise that you might have loads of questions so please feel free to call - our office is open from 0800 - 1630 mon - fri. You can email us at info@challengeacademy.co.uk
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We are open 12 months per year for pre-booked parties, group programmes, corporate, schools, and mobile outreach.  We open from Easter to Autumn 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!

Claire Parker

Staff were first class, very patient and helpful. Safety is no1 priority but this doesn’t detract from the fun. Totally recommend this for something that the whole family can do together – it’s great for the kids to see Mommy and Daddy more scared than they are! Well done guys!


Simon J

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

Rough Hay Primary School

Our Team

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…

Jim Thompson Jim is the Challenge Academy Operations Manager.  He is a qualified teacher and outdoor education instructor who has gained a wealth of experience in the outdoor adventure industry; working with a diverse range of individuals, some with complex needs and learning difficulties…

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…

Joe Cooper Joe is the newest member of the Team, having just graduated from Edinburgh University in 2017 with a MSc in Ecological Economics.  Joe is responsible for business support and instructing with ‘graduate’ responsibilities for bid writing and grant finding…

Challenge Academy

Baggeridge Adventure Hub, Gospel End Road, Nr Sedgley, West Midlands, DY8 1SE

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There is ample parking at Baggeridge Country Park but please be aware that the carpark operates ‘pay and display’.  Our Adventure facilities are located close to the Park Café next to the lower car park.

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Challenge Academy CIC

Baggeridge Adventure Hub, Gospel End Road, Nr Sedgley, West Midlands, DY3 4HB

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Office Opening Times

9am to 4pm Mon-Fri

Challenge Academy CIC

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