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Simon Dean, awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are delighted to announce that Simon Dean, our founder and CEO as been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List for his services to education.“I feel deeply privileged to have been awarded an OBE” he said. “It is wonderful honour in recognition of all my amazing team at Challenger […]

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Challenger Troop CIC is the new KCC chairman’s ‘Charitable Organisation of the Year’

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as the new Kent County Council’s chairman’s ‘Charitable Organisation of the Year’. Mr Tom Gates has chosen Challenger Troop because he specifically wants to improve the opportunities and life chances for disengaged youth within the county and feels that our proven track record in youth engagement definitely meet that criteria.

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Essex school children give back

Essex schoolchildren learn the value of giving something back Pupils from schools across Essex have been helping in their community this week. Schoolchildren from Batchwood School in St Albans, Greensted Junior School in Basildon, Essex Children’s Support Service, William De Ferrers School in South Woodham Ferrers who are working with Challenger Troop CIC, have been […]

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Leading KCC Cabinet Member visits Challenger Troop

We were delighted to welcome Cllr Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform, to Challenger Troop this afternoon to hear about our work with schools and community groups across Kent. He was also guest of honour at an awards ceremony where he heard about the achievements of some of our […]

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My first day

This week, we are delighted to include a guest blog from one of our participants working with our Essex team, Alfie Rankin, aged 13, who writes about his first day on the Challenger Troop programme. Our First Day at Challenger Troop “On Wednesday 20th April, me and some other students from Langdon Hills CSS and […]

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Chantelle’s Story

A short, but moving, account of how a brave 9-year-old has been growing in self-confidence and learning to overcome the frustrations of her many health problems, pushing well beyond her previous limitations. Read more…

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Challenger Troop CIC hosts European Delegation

On 26th April 2016, Challenger Troop CIC welcomed a European delegation of youth workers, who came to view our unique military-ethos programmes in action. Leading members of a consortium of agencies from the UK, Spain and Italy were on a week-long fact-finding mission as part of the pan-European “PATH TO A JOB” programme. The aim […]

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Enjoyment and Enthusiasm at Smarden Primary

We are thrilled to have our first guest blog, written by Freddie and Tesni (year 6) from Smarden Primary School, Kent who wrote about their Term 1 and 2 Challenger Troop programme and it was published in their local Parish Magazine. “Enjoyment and enthusiasm is overflowing at Smarden School. The start to the new school […]

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New experiences – creating memories

Fabulous finish for our East Kent and Medway teams who celebrated completing their tough 12 week core programme last week, with BMXing at Cyclopark, Gravesend as part of their adventure training. The participants had the opportunity to cycle round a 330 metre first class race track which is designed for both beginners and seasoned professionals. […]

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Standing proud – standing tall

Time to celebrate – awards night has arrived After 12 weeks, the mini troopers put on their uniform for the very last time. After checking each other to make sure all their pockets were all closed, collars were turned, boots cleaned and t-shirts were tucked in, they stood in front of us. They were slightly […]

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Preparing to celebrate

Week 11: Preparing for the celebrations I can’t believe we are already on Week 11! Today was all about preparing the mini troopers for their awards celebration where they have an opportunity to showcase their skills to parents and friends. Looking at them all standing so tall on parade, I felt quite proud to stand […]

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Conservation week

Pupils from Palace Fields Primary School participate in vital conservation project Week 10: Conservation & community week is one of my favourite weeks on the Challenger Troop core programme. This is the week when we give back to the community and play a part in being good citizens. Over the last 9 weeks, we have […]

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