Annington Trust welcomes applications from schools in Service communities.
Now in its seventh year, the Annington Challenge has to date given more than 200 Service youngsters the opportunity to take part in an Outward Bound Trust adventure course at one of the Outward Bound's centres in England, Scotland and Wales.
This summer, 45 youngsters aged 11-19 from Army, Navy and RAF families joined one of three courses that make up the Annington Challenge and in doing so, benefitted from an experience that many have described as being life-changing. All had been nominated by their teachers and those chosen were felt most likely to benefit from an experience aimed at improving self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Sara Baade, CEO of the Army Families Federation explains the benefits of the Annington Challenge. "The Annington Challenge is a great way for military children and young people to build confidence and self-esteem. Coming from a military family can mean facing any number of challenges, but taking part in the Annington Challenge helps equip them with the skills they need to cope, adapt and thrive as part of the military community, and outside of it too. We constantly work to improve the knowledge and attitude of schools when it comes to military children and this is a great opportunity for them to get involved in ensuring military children feel understood and supported."
To be eligible applicants must be a UK passport holder, be aged between 11-19 at the time of participation and have a family member serving with the Army, Navy or RAF. They need the support of their school and college who will be contacted to discuss the application.
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Please note: from 2018, Annington will be taking over responsibility for the Annington Challenge.