Fun challenges for Croydon youth groups
Young people from the borough’s uniformed youth groups battled it out on Sunday to gain top place in Croydon’s 2016 YOU Challenge (Youth Organisations in Uniform).
On a sizzling Summer Sunday (5th June 2016) under cloudless skies, over eighty representatives and their volunteer adult leaders gathered at Royal Russell School for a series of challenges, tests, tasks and most of all fun. The challenges included a climbing wall, archery, donning a Firefighters gear, team building tasks, searching their own ‘scene of crime’ forensics exercise, making paper aeroplanes that fly, and frisbee golf.
The eight mixed teams including the Fire Cadets, Combined Cadet Force, Scouts, Air Cadets, Volunteer Police Cadets, Girl Guides, Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade and Croydon youth council came together at the request of Representative Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Ian McRobbie OBE TD DL, who heads the Croydon Youth Organisations in Uniform partnership.
He said: “What a brilliant day at a super venue. It’s really heartening to come here today and see all these young people from different organisations coming together having fun and getting on with one another. These are our citizens of the future and I am grateful to the adult leaders who have organized this and who lead these youngsters throughout the year in their own uniformed groups. We are grateful also to Chris Hutchinson headmaster of Royal Russell School for hosting this event and look forward to next year’s Croydon YOU Challenge.”
Before the prize giving the hungry teams were fed with a very welcome barbecue prepared by the school’s caterers.
Joining Colonel Ian McRobbie special visitors to the event were Councilors John Wentworth, Sara Bashford and Simon Brew who were able to see and happily take part in some the activities. They all expressed their thanks to the adults who had made possible this exciting example of youth groups working collaboratively.
With smiles all round and accompanied by Mr Chris Hutchinson, Colonel Ian McRobbie made the final award presentations to the winning Team which had gained most points from the challenges.
Youth groups in Croydon regularly meet and work together and it is hoped to repeat the YOU Croydon challenge next year.