Annington Trust welcomes applications from schools in Service communities.
Since the Summer of 2012, over 195 youngsters from Service families have taken part in an Outward Bound Trust adventure course in Scotland, England and Wales, thanks to the support of the Annington Trust.
The Annington Challenge gives young people from military communities aged between 11-19 the chance to benefit from their own outward bound adventure, in the process gaining a huge sense of achievement and confidence in their own abilities.
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."
During the summer of 2017, the Trust sponsored a further 33 youngsters nominated by schools across the all three Services. All were 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. One youngster was nominated by her teacher with these words. "Maria has had a difficult year at school and I think that the skills she will gain .... will benefit her enormously and set her in place for her GCSE years."
Upon completion, participants were asked to write a short account of their 'Annington Challenge' and many reported changes in their behaviour and attitudes with 100% saying that they had been working harder towards achieving a goal.
Emily summed it up when she wrote "Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to do Skills for Life. I've made friendships that will (hopefully) last forever! I've gained skills that will help me in joining sixth form, University and later on in life. If I didn't do this, I would not have had the confidence that I do now and I thank the Annington Trust and The Outward Bound Trust for this."
To be eligible applicants must be a UK passport holder, be aged between 13-19 at the time of participation and have a family member serving with the Royal Army, Navy or Air Force. You will need the support of your school and college who will be contacted to discuss your application.
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STOP PRESS: The Annington Challenge 2018 is oversubscribed. The Annington Trust agreed to fund additional places and these are all filled.