Chris Peacock is using skills he gained in the RAF to deliver character and resilience training programmes to children and young people. He was part of the Senior Ranks in the RAF before he left to become a full-time reservist. He has been working for SkillForce since the 1st January 2016.
“I thought I would struggle going into schools working with younger kids, but actually the opposite is true and I get on really well working with the younger kids up to age 14. It’s not that I don’t like working with the older ones, but I enjoy the creative environment of working with the younger ones.”
“I now feel like I’m part of the education cog that’s helping to develop these kids into better people. What I like about the SkillForce programme is that it’s not working on the academic side of things, it’s working on life skills which I think is having a massive effect on the kids.”
Chris’s decision to work with young people came from his desire to make a difference. He began working with young people as a national trainer for the Swimming Teachers Association, alongside being a tutor and coach for the Football Association, before becoming an Instructor for SkillForce.
“I went through the same sort of experiences that some of these kids are going through at school and I had a similar experience with my younger son. If he had a SkillForce programme in his school, it would have probably done him the world of good. I just felt that I wanted to go in and influence and try to change some of the kids’ lives.”
Chris is amongst the first Instructors to deliver the new SkillForce Character Award, which encourages 5-14 year olds to dare to be their best selves. He is enthusiastic about the benefits that character education can have on young people, especially those who thrive and excel in non-academic subjects, by building their confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
“I think that the high pressure of the academic world currently means that children who thrive at sports and other non-academic areas often get overlooked. I think by helping to develop their character, it will enable them to be more successful in the future rather than feeling pressured to pass academic subjects to succeed. It could be that these young people we are helping to develop positive character traits in could become something such as an Olympic swimmer!”