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Corbin Mackin

£25.00

Class…. Great cause and good charity.

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Linsay Milakovic

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done to you all, especially my hubby Mike and good friend Lou. 😊

About us

The focus of Sporting Forces activities is to support the military personnel and their immediate families through transition. The first step is to reduce their social isolation and loneliness whilst improving their physical wellbeing. Social Interaction is very important to the veterans who feel marginalised and outside of the community that they now live in. Sport and exercise are so important to the armed forces, they miss this when they leave the services. They miss the camaraderie and being part of a team. So many report that the loneliness cripples them, that they become withdrawn and this then leads to poor mental health with anxiety and depression. We also offer a route into civilian employment within the professional sports industry, we provide education, exercise, and social events to help veterans and their families by relieving mental health and social isolation. Promoting inclusion and togetherness, we can also adapt all opportunities to the needs of disabled veterans.

As we emerge from the COVID19 era the charity is developing a wider well-being programme and offering more opportunities for veterans and their families to engage in outdoor adventure alongside sport participation. Launching in May 2021 the #NorthernWarrior programme for veterans alongside the Dandelion Forces Families Project for Veterans Families.

Sporting Force has joined forces with other military organisations to create the Veterans Community Hub in Newton Aycliffe. This has enabled the charity to create a 360 service and referral point for Veterans from across the North East.

The majority of our beneficiaries are aged 19 to 59 years old and still have a working life stretching ahead of them. Once they feel more resilient, they have increased confidence and self-esteem they are then ready to look for employment.

When the veterans are ready, our charity can then support them to gain qualifications and to fill any skills gaps. We work with them so that they appreciate their transferable skills gained from their service such as communication skills, problem solving, delivering to deadlines, meeting expectations, leadership skills, analytical skills, technical and organisational skills. We work with employers in the sports industry ensuring that the qualifications we deliver are relevant and of the highest quality. Employers see the business sense in employing veterans as they have integrity, self-discipline, they are punctual, reliable, resourceful and mission oriented with a can-do attitude.

Charity number: 1169441

UK Challenge 2021

Event dates: Thursday 29th July – Sunday 1st August

2 teams of 6 veterans are going up against the corporate world as part of a multi disciplinary challenge in the Lake District 29th of July to 1st of August 2021. Every stage will test the core skills the team have spent their careers and lives perfecting; fitness is not enough, they will need patience, strategy, humility, leadership, intelligence, compassion but most of all teamwork. It is often said the strength of one person is nothing compared to the power of a team. This is why every UK Challenge event is designed with team-oriented obstacles that turn competitors into colleagues, and colleagues into friends. UK Challenge is about more than the physical, this event typically tests the intelligence and motor skills of the teams.

The teams that emerge successful will be the teams who have forged iron-like bonds and who possess the mental fortitude to remain calm under the mounting pressure of the competition.

The last day is the time for Tommy to stand up and be counted. Will he lead from the front or take a step back and be the puppet master? This could be critical for our final standing. It is often said that this stage embodies all that is UK Challenge. No other adventure-based event is as multi-skilled which is why our team must be completely adaptable and comfortable anywhere and everywhere. Whether building a raft or launching a rocket they will need to employ the brains of the team in this stage to do well!


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