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ESP Team Challenge

Young people from the Eastbourne Schools Partnership (ESP) recently joined together for the Team Challenge Competition for the second year running. This event, a highlight of the 2016 programme, was designed to engage secondary schools' harder to reach pupils. It was such a great success last year that it is now an annual event in the ESP calendar.

Team Challenge is a competition which gives pupils the opportunity to tackle a variety of challenging activities while developing teamwork and communication skills. The ESP believes that young people can be stimulated and stretched to cope better with challenges when exposed to outdoor learning and the benefits of spending time in the natural environment.

Participants were divided into several teams of ten to create both mixed age and ability groupings. Led by A Level pupils from Eastbourne College and Sussex Downs College, the teams completed a variety of tasks which enhanced practical problem solving, communication and team work skills.

The event was hosted at the Eastbourne Sports Park and special thanks must go to the Army section of Eastbourne College’s Combined Cadet Force, who supplied equipment and qualified staff to assist in the running of the event.

An Eastbourne Schools Partnership spokesperson said “We could not have been luckier with the weather and it was fantastic to see the young people work do well together and to learn about the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment. It was a very successful afternoon and thanks must go to Cavendish School, Eastbourne Academy, Moira House Girls School and Willingdon Community School for their involvement and support”.