Friday, 18 March 2016

STARs is Born!

Schools’ Team Adventure Races (STARs) are new for 2016.  There will be 5 regional events across the UK for competing teams of year 6 and year 8 students. They are a wonderful mix of team spirit and adventure at some of the UK’s most inspiring and beautiful school grounds. The events are designed to challenge young people physically, intellectually, creatively and collaboratively involving activities and challenges at a series of locations that must be journeyed to. 

To register for a STARs event near you please visit:

Core race elements include:
  • Mountain biking
  • Orienteering
  • Problem solving & team initiative tasks
  • Cerebral puzzles and activities
  • Fire building
  • Creative tasks using natural materials
  • Testing knowledge of the natural world and the outdoor environment
 Where specific school sites allow, possible extras might include:
  • Swimming
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing & abseiling

 How Does it Work?
STARs are one day events where teams of 6 students compete over a series of timed stages for 2.5 - 3 hours. Teams operate in an independent way through each stage yet they are supervised at key points along the route and receive full instruction wherever a challenge involves technical aspects and/or requires safety supervision. Students will be scored and assessed on their team working skills together with their ability to lead and manage themselves through a fun, challenging and complex journey in the outdoors. Winning teams will be crowned the “STARs Top Team 2016” champions along with prizes for runners up.
 Schools are invited to enter up to four teams in the competition (an A and B team in each of the two age groups). Teams will contain 6 members either single sex or mixed gender. There will be 2 age groups as follows:
  • Year 6 Students
  • Year 8 Students

Where Will it Take Place?
STARs events are open to any school (state or independent). All will be welcome.The 5 regions and host venues for 2016 are:

1.    Giggleswick School (North) – Tuesday 14th June
Church Street, Giggleswick, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0DE
2.    Hall Grove School (South East) – Thursday 16th June
London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HZ
3.    Hampshire Collegiate School (South) – Tuesday 21st June
Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6ZE4.
4.    Denstone College Prep School (Midlands) – Thursday 23rd June
Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8NS
5.    TBC (South West) - Saturday 25th June, Devon School TBC

What Does it Cost?
20% OFF

£55 per participant 
(£330 per team for both yr 6 & 8)


This cost includes all event management, activity equipment, supervision, technical instruction and prizes. A hog roast/barbecue lunch will also be included for all participants and adult staff accompanying teams to celebrate achievement in what will be a carnival atmosphere.
How Do I Enter a Team?
To confirm your entry to your regional event you will need to complete the registration form below and make full payment. 
 What Should I Do Next?
After registering and payment you will receive our joining instructions and a team pack for each team you have entered. This will include travel and logistical details, information on what participants should wear, how to prepare for the event. It will also include helpful information such as a sample letter for parents.
Each STARs event itinerary is as follows:
09.30               Teams arrive and register. Each team will be provided with a full competitor       pack outlining timings, rules, points scoring and logistics. It will also contain a map and competitor badges with names and colours.
10.00               Competitor briefing for all teams
10.15               Competition start
13.15               Competition end. Teams hand in all task information and answer sheets
13.30               Hog roast and barbecue lunch provided for all competitors and accompanying staff 
14.15               Results and prize giving ceremony. Top team trophy awarded to each year group. 

14.45               Event end and all competitors depart.
To register for a STARs event near you please visit

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