Meet the 2017 Schools Challenge Cup Champions
Our annual Schools Challenge Cup takes place each February. The value-for-money event is growing in popularity, and this year almost 20 teams of Year 9 and 10 students took part in our fun adventure competition.
The event runs from late Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Each weekend, teams of six students from different schools take on the same set of challenges, and are awarded points for teamwork, creativity and how well they complete each task. When all teams have completed the event, the school with the most points is crowned the Schools Challenge Cup Champion.
This year, the title went to The A Team, one of four teams from Holy Trinity School in Barnsley. Tom Smith, teacher at Holy Trinity, said:
“It’s the first time we’ve entered and the kids loved it. It’s a great way to build their confidence and teach them responsibility and teamwork. We’ll certainly be entering again next year.”
A fun way to learn
The tasks offer something for everyone, and range from land-based trust activities to the famous raft race, where teams must work together to build a raft that will stay afloat long enough for them to reach the finish line on Lake Windermere.
Through this type of experiential learning, our young people discover the value of applying themselves to a task and how their efforts, both individually and as part of a team, influence how successful they are.
Tony Ball, Lakeside Programme Operations Manager, said:
“The Schools Challenge Cup is more than just a fun competition and the young people can learn beneficial life skills. It can also break down the ‘them and us’ attitude by demonstrating that the teachers are on their side and there to support and help them succeed.
“Schools have often reported improvements in engagement among students when they return to the classroom.”
Best of all, the young people have such a great time that they don’t even realise they’re learning.
Great value for money
Accommodation, food, activities, tuition and safety equipment are all included and, as the Schools Challenge Cup is held out of season, costs are kept to a minimum. This makes it more inclusive for schools and young people. Tony said:
“A big attraction of our Schools Challenge Cup is the relatively low cost. The only difference compared to our summer experience, is often the weather and water temperature. It just means that the teams have to wrap up warm and be careful when they build their raft. If it breaks up, a dip in Lake Windermere in February quickly shows them the consequences of not applying themselves to a task. And they’ve nobody else to blame but themselves!”