Who are we?
The Women's Challenge Club is an activity and outdoor pursuits club for women in Devon. We celebrated our 25th anniversary last year, and now looking forward to the next 25! We aim to enable women (minimum age 16) of all abilities to take part in a wide range of outdoor activities, perhaps ones they have always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity, and at an affordable price. Activities are non-competitive; we encourage each other, and most importantly, have a lot of fun. The club gives women the opportunity to have a go at those activities they have always wanted to try.
The Club developed from a Women's Outdoor Activity week organised by OutReach in 1994, a project supported by Teignbridge and South Hams District Councils. From this beginning, a group of enthusiasts formed the Women's Challenge Club to be run for the members, by the members. We have a committee and constitution, and we operate entirely through the services of volunteers.
What do we do?
The Club offers instructed activities throughout the year, on average 6-10 a year, although there are often more than this each month (see Events). We depend on Club members to organise the events so we often have a great variety on offer, ranging from climbing and caving to kayaking and coasteering. Anyone wanting to organise an event will be given help and advice and no previous experience of the activity is necessary. From introductory level, through intermediate to advanced level - members can organise a whole host of challenges for a range of abilities. Experienced, well-qualified instructors and providers are used for specialised activities. Many events are a half or whole day and weekend trips can also be organised.
The events calendar is updated regularly by the Activity Coordinator - early booking is necessary to enable the activity to be confirmed with the instructors. For instructed events all equipment is provided.
We produce a regular newsletter with news of activities and experiences of club members.
New activity ideas are always welcome, discuss it with a committee member or the Activity Coordinator first to see if it is viable and then go ahead. It just takes enough of us to want to have a go at new experiences!
Through the Club we organise social and informal activities on a regular basis, meeting up to do activities together, such as walking, cycling, hiking. Other winter socials have included film and jive evenings to name just a few.
What does it cost?
Membership is £12 per year. Instructed activities over £20 are subsidised by 10% by the Club, the cost for each activity is advertised with the event details. We try to get the best prices we can for the activities and equipment is provided so there is no need for further costs. Social and informal events are usually free or have minimal cost.