Teaching Teamwork



Welcome to the Swim Team interactive adventure signup page. This challenge is a chance for children to learn teamwork, British Values, explore SMSC issues, and understand the Growth Mindset – but more importantly, to experience them first-hand for themselves. On this page you can find out all about the adventure, the core values we are teaching, and the inspirational people who are leading by example. Please note, this adventure is presented as live to the children, but has already been filmed. The core messages and learning are still just as real. If you would like to take part in one of our current adventures, please check out our active adventure projects here



What is Swim Team

This interactive adventure is all about challenging children to be better at working as a team. Swim Team is the epic story of three inspirational people, taking on one of the biggest challenges in the world – swimming from England to France. Fewer people have swum the English channel than have climbed Mount Everest, and it is considered one of the hardest endurance challenges in the world. We call this an interactive adventure because the children get to meet some of the participants in person, get video updates every day of the adventure week, and get to correspond with the team as the story unfolds. As the swimmers demonstrate teamwork, British Values, SMSC issues, and the growth mindset, the children are challenged to go on their own (age appropriate) teamwork missions. Afterwards they can report back to us on what they accomplished – with prizes for the best. Please note, this adventure is presented as live to the children, but has already been filmed. The core messages and learning are still just as real. If you would like to take part in one of our current adventures, please check out our active adventure projects here


Meet Nick Carter

Chances are you already know Nick pretty well. He does a huge amount of work with young people and schools. Nick has scaled the highest mountains, run across the hottest deserts, lived with some of the most remote tribes, and visited some of the coldest places on Earth. Nick’s passion is helping young people learn through experience, and motivating them to be more. Not being a very good swimmer, he wanted to challenge himself to try something outside his comfort zone; and something that will teach him what teamwork is all about.


Meet Adam Walker

World record breaking ocean swimmer, motivational speaker, coach and best selling author. Adam was the first British person to swim the seven most dangerous ocean swims in the world. During his swims he was stung by deadly jelly fish, saved from harm by dolphins, and even swam for six hours, one-handed, after he tore his shoulder muscle. Adam strongly believes in everyone living life to their full potential. He is the driving force behind this adventure; a steady hand when times get tough.


Meet Sahar Zand

Sahar is a British Iranian journalist, and film-maker. She learned to swim as a baby. At six, however, she nearly drowned in the sea, and subsequently feared and avoided water. Aged seven, at the side of a pool, she knew she had a choice. Jump in and conquer her fears, or stand at the edge and give in to them. She jumped in. This spirit of going beyond her comfort zone will be severely tested, if she is to swim the icy waters of the English Channel.


Meet Mat Hale

Film-maker and adventurer, Mat has accompanied Nick on many of his challenges, and is the driving force behind the films for Committed Project. In Swim Team his task is to get under the skin of the swimmers, showing their vulnerabilities as well as strengths, framing the scale of the challenge by the vastness of the North Sea. He will probe below the surface, discovering the anxieties and fears of each team member, as well as showing the jubilation and joy that only comes from teamwork.


Before the Adventure

We generate a huge buzz when we run an adventure, because the way we do it is unique. We always offer in-person visits from the adventure team. The first visit would be a 30 minute assembly (which can be repeated for different KS groups). In this assembly a member of the team will explain what the adventure is all about, what makes it difficult, and how teamwork will overcome these problems. Crucially, they will then set the children their own teamwork missions. These personal missions are to be done during the adventure week, while the team are demonstrating teamwork on a grand scale. You have full control over the dates for this visit, as the adventure has already been completed.


The Adventure Week

Each morning of the adventure week, a high quality video, lasting around five minutes, shows what the the team learned that day. These videos are packed full of educational and inspirational content, designed to get the children thinking about teamwork and SMSC issues. The children also have the chance to interact with the story as it unfolds, and can ask the team questions about what they have just seen, via email. Throughout this week the children are constantly reminded to focus on their own teamwork missions. So far around 50,000 children have completed their own teamwork missions. You have full control over the dates for the adventure week, as the adventure has already been completed.


After the Adventure

The energy when our adventurer returns to school is palpable. The children are engaged, enthusiastic and can’t wait to tell them all about their own teamwork missions, and what they learned. In this assembly a member of the adventure team will talk about what they learned from the whole epic journey. Much more importantly, though, this is the time for us all to celebrate the teamwork missions the children undertook. Prizes, recognition and glory await any child who took the challenge to heart, and changed themselves in the process. You have full control over the dates for this visit, as the adventure has already been completed.


Charity Fundraising

The Committed Project helps children all across the UK, but especially in London. We make sure that children who are disenfranchised get a chance to be the best they can be, and take part in amazing, and often life changing activities. The Swim Team adventure is a way for us to raise money to continue our important work. By taking part in this adventure, you not only get a fantastic adventure and a chance for your children to learn and improve through experience, but also the knowledge that all money raised is going to a worthy cause that benefits other young people. You can donate directly from your school, organise a fundraising event (e.g. non-uniform day), or do a combination of the two – but we ask for a minimum donation to take part, and this must be with us before you take part in the adventure.




The best way to get real impact from this adventure is to take part fully. This means an in-person visit before the adventure to frame the challenge, then high-quality video resources, downloadable learning resources, the chance to talk to the team during the adventure week, teamwork missions for the children to complete, and then another in-person visit after the adventure is over to cement the learning and celebrate the children’s successes. This option requires a minimum donation of £600. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge




If you’d like to be part of Swim Team, but can’t spare the time for the full adventure, how about having just one in-person visit, rather than two? This would mean one in-person visit either before or after your chosen adventure week, and then all the high quality video resources, downloadable learning resources, conversations with the team via email, and teamwork missions. This option requires a minimum donation of £400. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge




Want to be part of the adventure, but have more freedom about how you present it to your children? We can provide the high-quality videos, educational resources and PowerPoint presentations (with presenter notes) so that you can take your children through the whole experience, but without a visit from our team or the chance to ask questions via email during the adventure week. The presentations will guide you and your children through the core values and SMSC issues embedded in the films, and offer a chance for further reflection and discussion. If you’d like this option we would ask for a minimum donation of £200. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge