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23rd April 2018

Delta Force Paint Balling

A group of young people from the London youth zone development groups and Ambassadors for London embarked an exciting trip to East London for a day of paint balling. The experience entailed a day filled with six game sessions each lasting about fifteen to twenty minutes. The aims of each game differed and resulted in either tea, succeeding. The group was split up into two, orange and white, with the idea of conquering the opposing team by taking them out with the paint bullets. It took a lot of team work and energy to get around the obstacle courses and the group enjoyed the experience to the maximum.

Ben Bracken, member of the Croydon Young Peoples Development Group, who won a Jack Petchey Award and decided to use his award to take the London development groups and AfL to enjoy this experience. The Jack Petchey Award is a flagship programme recognising outstanding young people throughout London and Essex. Across our London Network, many young people have been awarded the Jack Petchey and have used their award-winning money of £250 to do something exciting for the group which often helps with boosting confidence and life skills. The Jack Petchey Foundation have contributed £1.5 million of match funding towards the building cost of the Future Youth Zone currently being built in Barking & Dagenham.

Apart from all the bumps and bullets and scars, paint balling with the group was a very good experience, it gave me more confidence to do things I wouldn’t normally do. It was a fun experience, very competitive. The first round I was the president and your job was to get to the opponents territory without getting shot and I worked alongside my team members and they stopped half way, giving me the chance to continue with enough confidence and I managed to score 10 points for my team.

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