Who Are We and Why Do We Do It? 

  Active Edge Training is the creation of David Hancock a teacher and former soldier. David, a retired British Army Warrant Officer, had been teaching in the North East of England when he saw the need for a character building programme.  He has taken elements from his service life and career in education to create a unique challenging programme for young people which will help them thrive and develop into successful adults.   

David Says: 

 
“My service with 264 (SAS) Signal Squadron changed my life dramatically. Later, as a teacher, I was able to use many of my skills to motivate and lead students. I firmly believe that the Young Leader Award is a programme of experiential learning which will help your students develop and be the best they can ever be.” 
 

Louise Thompson 

 
Former instructor with Army Cadet Force in Newcastle upon Tyne. 
Previously she instructed on the Al Shaheen project in Dubai. 
Louise is currently an instructor for Active Edge Training in 3 schools in Newcastle and oversees the administration and development of the Active Edge Training curriculum. 
 

Steve Gilbert B.Eng(Hons), FIMarE, QTS, Commander Royal Navy (Retired) 

 
During my 28 year service as a Royal Navy Officer, I led engineering teams to ensure operational readiness of warships, material and training for front line operations, including the Falklands and Gulf War 1 conflicts. Through this, I developed a keen appreciation of the teamwork, communication, resilience and problem-solving skills required to meet complex and fast-changing challenges. I feel that these skills were also vital during my subsequent career as a primary Key Stage 2 teacher, where my previous experiences added a real-world dimension to my practice. More than ever, I believe young people need to experience challenges to prepare them for later life. 
 
The leadership, team-building and problem-solving experiences that the Active Edge Training programme provides is especially valid in the primary learning environment in preparing young people for their secondary learning and life outside of school. 
 
Steve is the Business Development Manager of Active Edge Training and also works in schools as an instructor. 
 
 
 
 

  For further information please call 07793 750604 email info@activeedgetraining.co.uk or complete the enquiry form   

 
 
 
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