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Assault course delivers team-building dividend

By KentOnline reporter

Time’s running out to book places on the KM Assault Course Challenge.

The challenge takes place at Betteshanger Park on May 5 (8443721)
The challenge takes place at Betteshanger Park on May 5 (8443721)

The challenge takes place at Betteshanger Park on May 5, and provides a perfect opportunity for businesses and good causes to achieve significant fundraising and team-building goals.

The course comprises 19 obstacles, including tunnels, balance beams, the rope walk, water jumps and the tyre wall, meaning teams will have to work together and communicate effectively to succeed.

And one charity looking forward to a team-building dividend is St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School PTFA.

Supporters of the Ramsgate school are heading back for a second helping of assault-course mud, sweat and cheers after a successful first outing in 2018.

St Ethelbert’s PTFA chairman Anna Aslett said: “We did the Assault Course Challenge for the first time last year, and the people taking part all had a really great time together.

“It was absolutely brilliant as a team-building exercise, so we were really keen to have another go.

“This year, we’ve got 17 people signed up, and we’re looking for one more person so we can enter three teams of six.”

Teams can do the challenge for any charity they choose, with the money raised being split 70/30 between their good causes and the KM Charity Team’s literacy and road safety services for children.

The money raised by St Ethelbert’s last year helped it pay for pupils to travel to London to see a performance of The Lion King.

Mrs Aslett said the PTFA was hoping to be able to do something similar this year, but added: “All the money the PTFA raises is spent on the school’s pupils, but our main focus for the Assault Course Challenge is to use it as a way of strengthening the school community.”

The Assault Course Challenge is just one KM Charity Team challenge event the PTFA hopes to take part in this year, with the KM Charity Walk, KM Colour Run and Buster’s Charity Firewalk also on its list.

It’s also keen to register a team for the Dragon Boat Race, and is seeking a Thanet business to volunteer to sponsor a St Ethelbert’s boat.

The assault course is supported by Betteshanger Park, Specsavers, personal fitness specialists MY/PT and Eurostar, and bookings can be made at kmcharityteam.co.uk.

Registration costs £85 per team, but a £10 discount is available when using the booking code KMNews19. The minimum age for taking part is 14.

For more information and bookings, see www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/challenge.

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