The 2018 Mini MixMatch and MixMatch challenges recently took place at Mixenden Activity Centre.
The theory behind the MixMatch challenges is to get young people working with uniformed services to cut down barriers between them. As a result of this and similar youth engagement work, the police and fire service have confirmed that youth ASB and deliberate fires, especially in the Mixenden area, has been drastically reduced.
The Mini MixMatch Challenge, held on Wednesday 20 June, had teams from Dean Field Community Primary School, Ash Green Community Primary School, Whitehill Community Academy, Moorside Community Primary School and Cross Lane Primary School, Elland going head to head whilst the Mixmatch Challenge on Tuesday 10 July saw pupils from Trinity Academy and Park Lane battling it out in a series of team building tasks.
Both events began with a Tag Collection warm up task in which all participating teams headed into Mixenden Reservoir Woods to find and collect any tags matching their teams colour within a time limit and all the teams taking part worked well together.
Following the Tag Collection the teams were then split up ready to take part in separate challenges in which they were marked for their overall efforts within each challenge focusing on teamwork, timing, communication, leadership skills and initiative.
The challenges consisted of:
- Rock Climbing – Teams took part in rock climbing to build communication and teamwork skills.
- Bench Challenge – Team members were stood on a narrow bench with a pool of water either side, teams had to follow instructions to order themselves in different categories such as age or height without falling in.
- Drainpipe Challenge – Teams had to guide a ball down a series of short drainpipes working as a team and using communicating and timing skills
- Tent Challenge – Team leaders were shown how to erect and dismantle a tent before leading and helping their team mates put up and take down another with no assistance.
- Bike Challenge – Teams raced round a preset course with a slalom, ramps and a see saw in order to accumulate as many laps as possible within a time limit.
- Spiders Web Challenge– Teams had to negotiate a way through the web without touching the ropes
- Road Safety Challenge – Teams had to work out the clues from the crash to work out what happened
- Fire Engine Challenge – Teams had to guide team mates using hoses on one side of the fire engine to direct the water into a receptacle on the other side of the engine. Communication and team work skills where a huge advantage!
- Public Health Assault on Numbers Challenge – Teams had to work through an assault course before answering questions to get the correct numbers
At the end of the challenges, semi–finalists were decided by teams who had accumulated the most points throughout the day before they went head to head in the final challenge which involved running to collect water from a paddling pool before filling a large barrel repeatedly until time ran out.
The barrel challenge came with a twist as a number of holes had been drilled around the sides of the barrels which meant the teams had to work together to keep holes plugged up whilst continuing to fill up the barrels.
Measuring sticks were then used at the end to decide the teams who would go head to head in the final water barrel challenge.
Ash Green Community Primary School were eventually crowned winners of the 2018 Mini MixMatch Challenge,
whilst Trinity Academy were the victors against Park Lane in a very closely contested final.
Services who took part in the 2018 MixMatch Challenges were West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Yorkshire Police, CMBC Young Peoples Service, CMBC Public Health, CMBC Community Wardens, CMBC Community Safety Wardens and the Ovenden Initiative, who happily give their services for free each year.
Special thanks to Clive Ingham and his staff at Mixenden Activity centre for their continual support of this event.
Funding for the event was supplied by the Ward Forum Grants scheme and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
If you would like further information on the MixMatch Challenge event please contact Heather Stout on 0300 555 0266 or Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org or Oli Crosland at Oliver.Crosland01@westyorksfire.gov.uk