Young people rise to the challenge
Published: Wednesday 25th March 15
Young people who took part in February’s Challenger Troop military-style training programme have been rewarded for their hard work with at a special town hall ceremony.
The council partly funds the community programme, along with the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel (BCCP). It aims to help youngsters develop leadership, team skills, character and resilience.
February’s course was the second Wandsworth community scheme to be run, following a successful pilot scheme last year. More are expected to follow during May half term, Easter and in the summer.
Challenger Troop CIC is a not for profit organisation delivering uniformed youth engagement programmes for young people who would benefit from military-style discipline, firm structure and behaviour boundaries. As well as community courses, it works within schools, including some in Wandsworth.
February’s course included patrolling and practice drills, with the youngsters living on army rations and getting out of bed ready for a 6.30am start.
The town hall certificate ceremony (pictured below) was attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Stuart Thom, Challenger Troop chief executive Simon Dean, Henrietta Croker-Poole from the BCPP and the 13 young people who took part and their coaches.
Cllr Thom said: “This course sets out to test these young people to the limits, and they certainly rose to the challenge. During the week they learned to focus their energy and achieve things they never thought possible.
“I hope this week has shown them just what they can achieve, and has taught them skills they can take away and use in their future lives and careers.”