A thank you to my Dad and Mr Eggles and the importance of challenge in education.

Many years ago, I was a member of the Boys’ Brigade. It formed an  important part of my formative years, given that I was a member from the age of 5 to 18. As you will hear in my podcast with Pivotal Education this week, it was my involvement with this organisation that inspired me to become a teacher (more on that in another post one day, maybe).

Whilst I was at secondary school, I was in the Senior section of the Boys’ Brigade. This saw us meeting twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday nights were for recreation and sometimes the odd badge class and Thursday nights were for drill, band practice and, if time allowed, a few games. Two of the games we often played were Table Tennis (that is Wiff-Waff to the posh people reading this) and Badminton. I really enjoyed both of these games as I could at least hit the ball or the shuttlecock. One of the Officers there was a man called Mr Eggles, and boy was he good at both – he used to whoop me every time we played either!

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