Children's Centre Adventure Team Challenge 'Gets Air' With Support Of Olympic Snow Boarder

posted on 11 November 2011 by admin

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Douglas, ISLE OF MAN, 26 May 2010 -   The Children's Centre's Adventure Team Challenge  got a huge boost when Olympic snowboarder Zoe Gillings spoke to representatives from the Isle of Man's business community last week. 

"Although I was all on my own going down the Vancouver Olympic piste, I actually had a whole team of coaches, doctors and technicians behind me which I could never have competed without," said Manx-born Zoe Gillings, Britain's No. 1 snow sports athlete. "Working as part of team is as important in business as it is in sport, and that's what the Adventure Team Challenge is all about: getting the best from teams." 

The Challenge helps boost team performances through adrenaline-filled activities such as mountain biking, abseiling, raft building and code cracking.  Zoe Gillings was speaking at the launch event held at The Children's Centre headquarters in Douglas.  

Bruce McGregor, a past participant of the Adventure Team challenge and director of the event's corporate sponsor PDMS, was also on hand.  He said,  "For me, the Challenge has always been an enjoyable, fun day out. But having our company taking part has also led to better communication, problem solving and cooperation among out staff members." 

"The Challenge gives participants the self awareness of their strengths and fears which leads to a shared understanding among colleagues to take back to the workplace," said Mark Payne, The Children's Centre training consultant. "And, you don't have to by an Olympic athlete to take part. The day is designed with business people in mind so no specialist athletic skills or conditioning are required."

This year, for the first time, Mark is offering participating organisations the opportunity for a post event follow up briefing where he will provide an overview of learning outcomes and discuss how they can be applied in the workplace

The Adventure Team Challenge takes place on 25 September 2010 and attracts up to 20 teams from across the Island's IT, banking, retail, finance, public and third sectors. The cost of entering a team of five is £600 with discounts on offer for entering two or more teams.

For more information, ring Mark Eastham at The Children's Centre 01624 676076. or e-mail MarkEastham(at)