IMPORTANT NOTICE - ALL SERVICE YOUNGSTERS OFFERED A PLACE on the 2020 Annington Challenge which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic had their place deferred to 2021.
Update April 2021: Places are still available - please visit the link at the bottom of the page.
Since the project's inception in 2012, over 300 Service youngsters have had the opportunity to experience their very own Outward Bound adventure - thanks to the Annington Challenge.
In 2019, the project once again gave Service youngsters the opportunity to take part in an Outward Bound Trust adventure course at one of the Trust's centres in England, Scotland and Wales.
During the summer of 2019 we provided funding for 65 youngsters aged 11-19 from Army, Navy and RAF families to join one of three courses that make up the Annington Challenge - and in doing so provided an experience that past participants have described as life-changing.
All youngsters had been nominated by their teachers and those chosen were felt to be most likely to benefit from an experience aimed at improving self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Sara Baade, CEO of the Army Families Federation explains the benefits of the Annington Challenge. "The Annington Challenge is a great way for military children and young people to build confidence and self-esteem. Coming from a military family can mean facing any number of challenges, but taking part in the Annington Challenge helps equip them with the skills they need to cope, adapt and thrive as part of the military community, and outside of it too. We constantly work to improve the knowledge and attitude of schools when it comes to military children and this is a great opportunity for them to get involved in ensuring military children feel understood and supported."
To be eligible applicants must be a UK passport holder, be aged between 11-19 at the time of participation and have a family member serving with the Army, Navy or RAF. They need the support of their school and college who will be contacted to discuss the application.
For further details - watch the video from 2019.
To apply, visit this link.
*The Annington Challenge was originally an initiative developed by the Annington Trust. In 2018 Annington took over responsibility for the project and in doing so increased the level of support to £50,000 per annum.