SHROPSHIRE SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL COMPETIT

PUBLISHED: 10:33 06 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:06 20 February 2013

Teams of youngsters from Ludlow CE School on Bromfield Road, Ludlow and Lacon Childe School, Love Lane on Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire, are set to compete against more than 250 others from across the country in the 2008 Fieldfare Kielder Challe...

Teams of youngsters from Ludlow CE School on Bromfield Road, Ludlow and Lacon Childe School, Love Lane on Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire, are set to compete against more than 250 others from across the country in the 2008 Fieldfare Kielder Challenge.

The Challenge is an outdoor adventure competition for teams of eight 13 to 16 year olds aimed at integrating those with and without disabilities. It is organised by the Fieldfare Trust, a leading UK outdoor access charity and is supported by HSBC in the Community.

The first stage of the competition sees the teams from Shropshire take part in the Challenge Gateway, a series of team building and problem solving games within their school. Optional support from trained HSBC volunteers is available if required to help run the games.

Following Challenge Gateway activities the teams will be given a place in a regional heat at a local country park in April or May which will involve similar games but will see five teams come together and compete against each other and against the clock.

Project Manager for Fieldfare Trust, Andy Johnson, said: "Once again we've received a high level of entries for the Challenge and are already busy co-ordinating activities.

"By expanding the Challenge Gateway stage this year we're enabling even more youngsters to experience the competition and benefit from the interaction with those they may not normally mix with."

At the regional heats, points are awarded for teamwork and integration with the top scoring teams from each region winning a place in the 2008 Fieldfare Kielder Challenge Grand Final. The final will take place in September and again will see the teams compete against each other in a series of outdoor games but this time on a much bigger scale - in Kielder Forest and on Kielder Water in Northumberland.

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