A fantastic day with pupils from Robert Napier School and the Challenger Troop


I enjoyed a fantastic day with pupils from Robert Napier School who were attending the Challenger Troop activities at the Fort Clarence Territorial Army Centre based at
St Margaret’s Street, Rochester. Also present were Holmesdale School from neighbouring Kent.

The Challenger Troop is currently working with over 120 young people from Medway, through 11 schools. Their modular, BTEC accredited programmes focus on building character and resilience as well as building essential life skills including teamwork, communication and social skills and leadership.

They enable young people to learn about themselves and empower them to realise their potential.

The first part of the day included First Aid instructions and I am pictured above helping some of the pupils from Robert Napier who used me as an injured soldier for their bandage practice.


At lunch time I was able to join the young people for a chat over a sandwich


This afternoon they attended parade ground training.

It was quite apparent how much our young people were enjoying themselves and I was impressed by the outcomes in both education and behaviour of the pupils who attended this particular Challenger course.

I will be doing my best to spead the message to our schools here in Medway as it is a fantastic opportunity for their students.

Thank you to all at the Challenger Troop and the Territorial Army Centre for their kind hospitality today.

A big thank you to the staff and pupils from Robert Napier School who were all bright, cheerful and a credit to themselves, their school and Medway.

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One Response to “A fantastic day with pupils from Robert Napier School and the Challenger Troop”

  1. Simon Dean Says:

    Dear Mike, It was great to see you today, and our candidates were very impressed that someone “quite important” had come to visit them on behalf of Medway Council. Also thank you for your encouraging words, support and advice. Simon Dean CT

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