Mini Stretch

What is Mini-Stretch?

This is a unique opportunity for individuals to enhance their personal leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as gain a valuable insight into the transferable skills that Reservists develop during similar training exercises.

Organised by the Volunteer Reserve Forces in Yorkshire and The Humber, it is run by reservists at various venues around the region throughout the year.

What happens?

After a briefing session and basic instruction in essential skills, teams tackle a series of leadership challenges, planning exercises and physical activities. These will involve problem solving, lateral thinking and initiative, requiring them to call on a whole range of skills.

Although the event is undeniably challenging, you don’t need to be young or super-fit. We never make anyone undertake anything they feel too challenging but do expect them to work outside their comfort zone. What will really be tested is your determination, strength of character and your ability to work well under pressure and as part of a team. 

Why do it?

Previous participants told us that after attending a Mini-Stretch event they have greater self-confidence, enhanced communication skills and a better understanding of leadership and teamwork . They also have a real sense of personal achievement and insight into what being a Reservist involves. These are just some of the benefits you can expect when you take part in a Mini-Stretch but don’t just take our word for it, look below at what other companies are saying.

“A buzz, a natural high, and a new interest in the Army Reserves! On a work level, the exercise increased my confidence, gave me more self-belief and has encouraged me to push myself when out of my comfort zone. The whole thing was exciting, different, challenging and I’d do it again at the drop of a hat. It’s by far the best training course I’ve been on – beats ‘Death by PowerPoint any day!” 

Kate Stephenson, Events Manager, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

“I think I gained an awful lot from the exercise, in terms of enhanced leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills. It was useful to experience a wealth of different leadership styles in numerous situations and to reflect on what worked well. For me also it was really useful to experience managing and leading team members.”

Sam Finnerty, Marketing Officer, Portakabin Group Ltd

Interested? Dates and locations for future Mini Stretches are listed below, along with the contact details of the organiser.

Date: 19 January 2019 – 150 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps – Hull
Contact details: Major Tim Atkinson [email protected]

Date: 19 February 2019 – 102 Force Support Battalion REME – Scunthorpe
Contact details: Warrant Officer Class II Jon Jones
[email protected]

Date: TBC March 2019 – 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment – Leeds
Contact details: Warrant Officer 1 Stephen Kew [email protected]

Date: 23 May 19 – 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment – Grimsby
Contact details: Major Mitch Pegg [email protected]



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