Explore Challenge Academy

Challenge Academy is a Brand New Community Interest Company – set up by the Directors of Closer to the Edge.  Our aims are to bring innovative and accessible outdoor learning opportunities to the community and to engage all ages and abilities.  Our Outdoor Learning Centre will be at Baggeridge Country Park where we already have an amazing high ropes facility suitable for everyone from 5 upwards, but we are also mobile, able to visit you at your location with our ‘Terra Firma’ resource. We will be delivering High Ropes Adventure, Woodland Challenge, Puzzle Trails, Survival and Bushcraft, Forest Schools….and loads more in the near future.  We will also be offering qualifications to participants (OFQUAL approved) so please call us to find out more.

With Challenge Academy you get a dedicated team of trained teachers, ex military instructors and adventurous trainers.  We pride ourselves on our facilitation skills, extensive experience, safe operations and positive experiences.

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What Can you do?

We have loads on offer and hope to bring you lots more in the near future.  We respond to your needs so if you have some ideas and a plan of how we can put it into action then please let us know.  We want to have an amazing centre for the whole community.

The High Ropes Course offers individual challenge and team climbing activities. There is a confidence course, a high course, climbs and a zipwire. Have a go at our totem pole climbs as well as testing the team on our 30' high challenges.

There are numerous team activities and challenges on the ground – and we can use these for schools, clubs, corporate groups, premium parties and for those who like to keep their feet firmly on 'Terra Firma'.

There are challenge trails and our own innovative orienteering courses, available to groups during our multi-activity days.

Terra Firma is a product available for everyone - we will be running facilitator training courses for this product on location - please take the time to have a look at this innovative team development resource.

Woodland and survival skills can be delivered as part of your team building experience. We won't teach you to be an expert - but we will set you off on the right track and providing skills that are fun for you to try. You never know they might come i

We can provide with hot or cold food to eat indoors or outdoors. This service is included as part of our 'Go Wild' for the Day corporate packages or speak to us if you would like to add this to your package and we will sort it.

If you don't have the funds to pay for transport then we can come to you. We are able to send our instructors into your establishment, armed with a whole load of engaging and educational team and character building activities.

Our Team Climbing Challenges are great fun, very safe and get the group working together - 30' off the ground. Jacobs ladders, high all-aboards, crate stacks! All of these are excellent for 'team building' and we use them for group sessions.

We have 2 climbing walls, both 30' high where we can teach top rope climbing techniques and safety to our students and delegates.

Who Can Do It?

Challenge Academy is for everyone! because we want to provide you with what you need whatever your outcomes: adventure, learning, fun, progressive programmes, parties, health and fitness. We have partnered up with South Staffordshire and share their vision to provide opportunities for everyone to use local green-space in a positive way. We also need your help so if this kind of thing interests you then please get in touch - the creation of a group of enthusiasts will help us achieve our aims quicker - we also have vacancies for volunteers and employees.

  • Everyone - at the moment we have activities for ages 5+
  • Groups - there will be something for all groups here at our centre: youth groups, church groups, sports teams, knitting circles - everyone!
  • Families - watch out for our family camps and activities in the near future - weekend camps, summer camps, action days...etc. Sign up to our newsletter to receive first hand any offers and upcoming events.
  • Volunteers - if you have a passion for the outdoors and want to help others do the same then please get in touch.
  • Instructors - we have opportunities for freelance instructors, part time roles and full time jobs.
  • Schools - we will be running all sorts of school programmes for years 3 upwards - look out for train the trainer packages so you can bring your own students and use our facilities at minimal cost.

To make a business or school booking please call us on
0845 880 2477

Times

The Challenge Academy 'Outdoor Learning Centre' will be open all year round for special events, pre-booked packages and programmes. We will occasionally have open days for the public to come down and have a go at our exciting range of activities. The best way to be notified of events is to keep checking back here, register for our newsletter or to follow us on Facebook.

SUMMER CAMPS 2016 10:00 – 16:00

School Programmes start at 1000 and finish at 1500 / Half-Day Programmes 1000-1215 or 1245-1500.

Times vary for events, progressive programmes, group parties and camps.

Packages + Pricing

Watch this space for loads of upcoming courses for everyone.

Summer Camps 2016

For ages 8+ The perfect way to spend summer - loads of adventure, meet new friends 10am - 4pm daily at Baggeridge Country Park. Challenge Academy 'Outdoor Learning Centre'. £65 for 3 days or £30 per day. Spaces limited to 20 per course.
25 - 27 July
1 - 3 August
8 - 10 August
15-17 August
22 - 24 August
29 - 31 August


School Multi-Activity Days

Suitable for all abilities ages 5+. Baggeridge is an excellent site to deliver a great day of learning and challenge for your group. We can cater for groups of 10 to 150 for the day - Baggeridge Country Park offers a wide range of activities to ensure that your team, class, or year group has an exceptional experience - whatever the age and ability. We offer survival skills, aerial ropes adventure, woodland challenge and 'Terra Firma' activities to promote learning and adventure in a fantastic outdoor setting on your doorstep. Our courses are designed and led by ex teachers. Prices start at £10 per person. Call 0845 880 2477 to book.

YOUTH GROUPS AND GROWN-UPS IN CLUBS

Baggeridge provides a superb location for your scouts, guides, church group, family, knitting circle etc.....we can offer a fun and meaningful experience for 2 hours, half a day, or a full day. Call us to discuss - you can 'pick and mix' to ensure that your experience suits everyone. £15 for 2 hours, £20 for a half day, £30 for a full day.

TERRA FIRMA TRAINING DAYS

The perfect location for you to see Terra Firma in action and learn everything you need to know about facilitating the product in your work place. These days are either included as part of the Terra Firma product purchase, or we will be running taster sessions at a reduced price. Register your interest in the product and we will inform you of the next available course.

TERRA FIRMA GO!

If you don't have the funds to pay for transport then we can come to you. We are able to send our instructors into your establishment, armed with a whole load of engaging and educational team and character building activities. Cost is £180 per instructor for the whole day - a 2nd instructor costs £100. Each instructor can deliver to 20 students at any one time.

Education

Why Visit closer to the edge?

At Challenge Academy we want to provide a meaningful and educational experience for you and your students. We have a growing number of centres with excellent high ropes facilities (and lots more…) and our highly trained staff are dedicated to making your experience memorable and safe. Best of all is the price – we firmly believe that making this fantastic experience affordable for all is of huge importance. CTTE holds ‘Adventuremark’ and the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)’ Quality Badge. These kite-marks are there to ensure the highest standards of safety and educational provision.

Our courses are designed to fit with your learning outcomes or outline objectives. We will help you with this, taking into account your group abilities and dynamics to create an experience which is educational, engaging, inclusive and above all…fun. We hold a bank of pre-prepared resources, made available online to clients once they have booked. These include Risk Assessments, copies of our Insurance Certificates, Child-Protection Policy, Licenses and Quality Badges, all intended to inform and help minimise bureaucracy for the trip organiser.

What we do

Challenge Academy delivers innovative and educational programmes to meet with your needs. This might be an enrichment day for 150 students, or it might be a progressive course for students who are 'hard to reach' within the classroom environment.

On a typical trip you can expect

We use the full range of activities at our centre, high ropes, bushcraft+survival, woodland challenge, puzzle trails, climbing, zipwires.  Remember we are also able to visit you in your school environment where travel costs prove too expensive.

Clubs and Parties

Party Packages

Whatever the occasion, whatever your age, we have something for you! At Challenge Academy we offer the most unique and exciting experiences to ensure your get-together is an unforgettable one. Our parties are aimed at getting everyone involved and experiencing the sheer excitement of climbing, swinging, jumping, balancing and sliding together – we will deliver to you an experience to last a lifetime.

Our Baggeridge Parties last for 90 minutes and can include a selection of all of the activities we have on offer. You will have exclusivity of the course too and all for just£15 per person, based on a minimum of 10 attendees.

Please call us to book this and to check availability – 0845 880 2477 / 01384 429 866.

Food and Catering

We are able to provide hot and cold food (indoor or outdoors) in partnership with Baggeridge Country Park. Alternatively, there is an abundance of open green space and many benches, making it the perfect set up for picnics.

'We attended the adventure course today for a team building day as a youth group. Really enjoyed it, the staff took time to help those a little frightened and put them at ease. They were happy for the group to do an obstacle more than once, and let those that were slower go at their own pace. Thanks to Sarah, Chris and the rest of the team for a great day:)'

Corporate Packages

Corporate Packages

Please consider us to provide an exceptional team experience for your staff involving learning, challenge and laughter - you decide what takes priority!

Corporate days include choice of: Woodland Challenge, Team Development and Aerial Ropes Adventure challenges. Don’t forget we also do food!

TERRA FIRMA - GROUND BASED ACTIVITIES

Co-operation, teamwork and trust challenges with your feet firmly on the floor. These activities are all delivered by our senior facilitators within engaging settings throughout the Park. The focus is on the development of core team values, fun and adventure.  We can also run Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, using our Terra Firma product – click here for more detail.

WOODLAND CHALLENGE

We use Baggeridge Country Park as an exclusive setting to deliver loads of fantastic challenges based around real scenarios.  You will need to work as a team and use all of your ingenuity and skill to perform and succeed.  Includes bushcraft and survival skills.

HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE

Our Aerial Ropes Adventure course has something for everyone.  It combines individual challenges with innovative team challenges from 10ft to 30ft off the ground.  Overcome your fears in a friendly and safe environment with help from our instructors and your colleagues.

How to find us

  • 0845 880 2477
  • Closer to the Edge Head Office
  • (Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 17:00)
Closer To The Edge
The Mill House, High Street
Kinver
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY7 6ER