Youth Service staff set sights on gold at Cracker Challenge

Youth Service staff from the Royal Borough have their sights set on gold at this year’s Cracker Challenge.

The annual challenge, run by the Advertiser, will see teams battle it out at an inflatable assault course, dart tag, pillow wars and more.

Money goes to the paper’s Cracker Appeal, which funds Christmas parties and trips for local charities, groups for the elderly and children’s organisations.

The Youth Service, based in Marlow Road, is hoping to enter two teams.

Danny Gomm, team leader and youth services manager, suggested putting a team together after previously winning the challenge.

He said: “I took part in the Cracker Challenge about seven or eight years ago and it was great fun, I even managed to win a few times.

“I know it’s fun and a great laugh so we’re hoping to raise some money.”

The service provides one-to-one sessions with young people, school workshops and extra curricular activities.

Danny said: “We run workshops on internet safety, healthy relationships and sexual exploitation awareness sessions.

“About 10 years ago, a lot of the work was evenings but now we’re busy all through the week visiting schools.

“We also have events in half term like trips to Thorpe Park and dart tag.

“I told the team I had won it two or three times before so there’s no pressure.

“We’re not taking it too seriously... but if we don’t win I’ll give them bad appraisals.”

The challenge is at the Magnet Leisure Centre on Wednesday, December 14, and is followed by a quiz and buffet. It costs £100 per team of up to 10 and £50 per table for the buffet.

Call Louisa Mace on 01628 678219 or for details.

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