The Challenge is coming to the south east once more, on 7 March 2019. Building on the great success of the first event, we’re going bigger and better this time with space for more teams and a venue closer to the heart of our region.

The event scenario has been completely rewritten from last year’s event. It’s a great learning opportunity for any public sector organisation, not just those in local government. Here’s what this year’s participants had to say:

It’s a very different way of approaching training and provides excellent exposure to the issues in a controlled environment. It was fun, engaging, and hard work – an excellent combination.

Time Pressure, varied interaction, scenarios faced, the whole process was engaging and thought provoking but challenging at the same time

The incredible amount of organisation that went into it; the realistic and relatable situations; the opportunity to learn and think on your feet

I thought the event was really excellent and a great learning experience for someone such as myself at the early stage of their career in local government but with aspirations to develop and climb the ladder. The organisation of the day was great and all those fulfilling roles for teams to interact with were very good and really brought the event to life

Who can take part?

The Challenge is open to any public sector organisation in the SEE region. You don’t have to be in local government – we welcome teams from police, fire or health authorities or from educational establishments.

Your organisation does not have to be in membership of SEE to take part. However, we will give priority to SEE members and will hold applications from non-members on a waiting list until all member organisations have had a chance to apply.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £1,500 plus VAT per team of 6 people. This includes all refreshments during the training day, the evening awards dinner, plus a feedback report after the event to facilitate coaching.

Where will it be?

To accommodate the extra teams, the venue will be Old Thorns Hotel at Liphook, Hampshire. There are easy links to the M3/M25, and Liphook is on a direct line from London Waterloo rail station.

Participants also have the option to stay at the hotel, at their own cost. We’ve arranged a discounted rate of £109 per person, per night. You can secure this rate by calling the hotel to book your room, quoting the event name and date.

How do we sign up?

Teams can register their interest by completing the application form and submitting it to our partners, Breckland Training Services. They’ll do the rest, in conjunction with us.

If you need further information check the LA Challenge website or ask us at SEE

How can I take part if I'm not in a team?

We’d love to have you! We need councillors and others to support the event by acting either as role players or by overseeing a cluster of teams.

If you can help, please let us know by mailing



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