School pupils break out of their comfort zone for challenges

Some of the pupils
Some of the pupils

CHILDREN from several schools in town tested their mettle by taking part in a range of physically and mentally challenging events.

Over a six-week period the 30 pupils from Robsack, Castledown and Silverdale participated in potholing, bushcraft, archery, shelter-building and camped overnight at Broadstone Warren on the Ashdown Forest.

They were later presented with certificates for completing the Challenger Troop CIC primary programme at a ceremony at Silverdale School in Perth Road, St Leonards.

The course is designed to improve skills, confidence and behaviour.

Charlie Coster, Challenger Troop team leader, said: “The participants enjoyed facing both physical and mental challenges and learned many new skills while also having fun.

“Fears have been overcome and we have seen some fantastic leadership and teamwork in getting the tasks completed.”

Simon Dean, founder and chief executive of Challenger Troop CIC, said: “The awards ceremony is a great opportunity to reward the hard work of these young people who have faced many challenges and completed tasks far outside their comfort zones.”