Team building

We have a wide variety of team building activities that are suitable for various age groups and abilities from primary school through to secondary school, for University students and for adult corporate groups. 

Whatever your objectives for your team building events, we can provide a programme from our wide range of sessions, or work with you to develop a bespoke solution to meet a specific challenge, celebrate team achievements or simply provide an opportunity for the group to let off some steam together.

Two team members outside holding piping together

Catapult exercise at Headingley Campus

Team building exercises are tasks and activities designed to help people work together as a team, increase motivation and promote co-operation. 

Team building creates stronger bonds within a group of people and can be beneficial for educational groups, corporate groups, fundraising teams, youth groups and sports teams. 

Team members stood round a tall stack of crates, whilst another member is on top

Our team will welcome you and your group with a series of icebreaker activities. Designed to be engaging and fun, the icebreakers will get things started, allow you to settle into the session and get groups working well together. 

Children's hula hooping exercise

The instructors will guide you through a series of team building and problem solving activities which will require you to communicate and work towards common goals. The activities on offer include a balance of lightly physical and cognitive challenges that encourage you to work together as a team, developing communication and cooperation.

Each activity will conclude with a review, looking at how the group performed during the given task and this learning can be taken to the next activity and developed throughout the rest of the session. At the end of a defined programme an overall review and discussion of embedded themes will take place which will help participants understand how they can transfer this learning back into day to day life. This could include looking at what you've gained from the experience and how you worked together as part of the team. 

An instructor watches as a group try and reorganise themselves without stepping off a plank

Sessions focus on specific aims such as; communication, problem solving, building trust, understanding, planning, leadership, flexibility, cooperation, brainstorming, discussion, collaboration, and strengthening relationships.

We can provide team building ideas suitable for a one hour session, for team building days, or for a full week programme and we provide activities that are suitable for outdoor and indoor venues. If it's an outdoor session we can provide waterproof jackets for you to use for the duration of the session if required, or alternatively you can bring your own.

The specific team building activities are simply the vehicle for development and learning and individual activities are designed to highlight areas such as leadership, team work, problem solving, motivation etc. The process of completing the activities allows groups to identify areas of strength or potential development that they can take forward to the next task and also transfer back to day to day life.

Three individuals constructing a solution to a problem
  1. Encourages responsibility: every team member needs to contribute in order to be successful, otherwise they may let the team down. This reinforces the responsibilities everyone has as part of the team
  2. Reflection: opportunity to reflect on your own achievement and your competencies as part of the team and how you supported others 
  3. Strengthens team relationships: by spending time together you will get to know each other better in a fun and relaxed environment
  4. Mood booster: by helping to improve energy and motivation and boosting enthusiasm and morale within groups
  5. Improving communication: the activities will encourage you to communicate with each other to complete the tasks
  6. Developing leadership: opportunities to take control of the tasks and positively encourage other members of the team to get involved and find the correct answers
  7. Encouraging creativity: some of the activities encourage you to get creative with designs and ideas and think outside of the box 
Children's rope typing team building exercise

Whatever your objectives for your team building events, we can provide a programme from our wide range of sessions, or work with you to develop a bespoke solution to meet a specific challenge, celebrate team achievements or simply provide an opportunity for the group to let off some steam together.

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A team of 6 holding piping from either side

Team building activities can be organised throughout the UK, including on your premises if they are suitable. The overall group size will ultimately determine the amount of space required.

We have delivered activities at conference centres, schools, universities, business offices, sports grounds, woodlands, local parks and plenty of other places! We can also arrange to use our partner venues in the Lake District, Lilleshall National Sports Centre or at our Leeds Headingley Campus if you wish.

Team building exercises are tasks and activities designed to help people work together as a team, increase motivation and promote co-operation. 

Team building creates stronger bonds within a group of people and can be beneficial for educational groups, corporate groups, fundraising teams, youth groups and sports teams. 

Catapult exercise at Headingley Campus

Our team will welcome you and your group with a series of icebreaker activities. Designed to be engaging and fun, the icebreakers will get things started, allow you to settle into the session and get groups working well together. 

Team members stood round a tall stack of crates, whilst another member is on top

The instructors will guide you through a series of team building and problem solving activities which will require you to communicate and work towards common goals. The activities on offer include a balance of lightly physical and cognitive challenges that encourage you to work together as a team, developing communication and cooperation.

Each activity will conclude with a review, looking at how the group performed during the given task and this learning can be taken to the next activity and developed throughout the rest of the session. At the end of a defined programme an overall review and discussion of embedded themes will take place which will help participants understand how they can transfer this learning back into day to day life. This could include looking at what you've gained from the experience and how you worked together as part of the team. 

Children's hula hooping exercise

Sessions focus on specific aims such as; communication, problem solving, building trust, understanding, planning, leadership, flexibility, cooperation, brainstorming, discussion, collaboration, and strengthening relationships.

We can provide team building ideas suitable for a one hour session, for team building days, or for a full week programme and we provide activities that are suitable for outdoor and indoor venues. If it's an outdoor session we can provide waterproof jackets for you to use for the duration of the session if required, or alternatively you can bring your own.

The specific team building activities are simply the vehicle for development and learning and individual activities are designed to highlight areas such as leadership, team work, problem solving, motivation etc. The process of completing the activities allows groups to identify areas of strength or potential development that they can take forward to the next task and also transfer back to day to day life.

An instructor watches as a group try and reorganise themselves without stepping off a plank
  1. Encourages responsibility: every team member needs to contribute in order to be successful, otherwise they may let the team down. This reinforces the responsibilities everyone has as part of the team
  2. Reflection: opportunity to reflect on your own achievement and your competencies as part of the team and how you supported others 
  3. Strengthens team relationships: by spending time together you will get to know each other better in a fun and relaxed environment
  4. Mood booster: by helping to improve energy and motivation and boosting enthusiasm and morale within groups
  5. Improving communication: the activities will encourage you to communicate with each other to complete the tasks
  6. Developing leadership: opportunities to take control of the tasks and positively encourage other members of the team to get involved and find the correct answers
  7. Encouraging creativity: some of the activities encourage you to get creative with designs and ideas and think outside of the box 
Three individuals constructing a solution to a problem

Whatever your objectives for your team building events, we can provide a programme from our wide range of sessions, or work with you to develop a bespoke solution to meet a specific challenge, celebrate team achievements or simply provide an opportunity for the group to let off some steam together.

Children's rope typing team building exercise

Team building activities can be organised throughout the UK, including on your premises if they are suitable. The overall group size will ultimately determine the amount of space required.

We have delivered activities at conference centres, schools, universities, business offices, sports grounds, woodlands, local parks and plenty of other places! We can also arrange to use our partner venues in the Lake District, Lilleshall National Sports Centre or at our Leeds Headingley Campus if you wish.

A team of 6 holding piping from either side

OUR MOST POPULAR TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Our team building activities can be tailored to the group and can incorporate specific learning outcomes or values.

  • Your team must build a tower of milk crates as high as possible whilst one of the team is stood on top of the tower!

    Crate Stacking

    Crate stacking
  • Your team must work together to effectively get from one side of a space to the other using the equipment provided by our instructors

    Earthquake

  • The aim is for your team to pick the correct symbol from a range of twelve. You must work together to create a system that will enable you to eliminate the eleven incorrect symbols.

    Crack the code

    People sat in a line wearing blindfolds playing a team building game
  • A mentally challenging but fun exercise involving communication and problem solving. Can your team identify the colour and shape of an object whilst wearing blindfolds? 

    Colour Blind

    Hands hold different coloured paper cut into the shape of people
  • A fun activity where one of your team acts as a shepherd and all the other team members are blindfolded as sheep. The sheep must be guided by the shepherd into a sheep pen, using non verbal communication only.

    Manage the Flock

    Team building - leader guides a group wearing blindfolds
  • Your team has a few minutes to observe where you are going from the start point before you are blindfolded. You will follow a rope that leads you on a sensory trail through a variety of obstacles from one end to the other.

    Nightline

    Blindfolded people following a rope using their hands
  • You will be given a pack of cards which show different characteristics, you go through the pack and pick 12 cards to describe the person you're packtyping. When you turn the cards over you'll see what type of 'dog breed' you are. We will talk about what the cards mean and your personality type and preferences in a team.

    Packtypes

  • Your team will receive a set of large wooden puzzle pieces. You'll be given a diagram of how the puzzle fits together and challenge yourselves to define success against the clock.

    Puzzle Proper

    A team trying to build a large puzzle
  • Your team will be asked to pass a small ball along a designated course using a selection of different sized tubes without dropping the ball, and each team member needs to play their part in order to be successful field.

    Rollerball

    A team trying to roll a ball down a drainpipe into a target
  • You'll work as a team to place a selection of cards in the correct sequence to solve a puzzle.

    Signlines

    A group of people crowing around a whiteboard
  • Our instructors will set up a large roped spiders web. Your team will need to get everyone to pass through the spiders web from one side to the other without touching any of the web ropes.

    Spider's Web

    A group of people navigate ropes setup like a spiders web
  • Your team must get from one side of a 'river' to the other using only the stepping stones given, if a stone isn’t in use it will sink to the bottom of the river.

    Stepping Stones

    Group walking over coloured "stepping stones" on grass
  • Your team must work together to safely cross a 'swamp' using a series of wooden boxes and planks within a set time limit.

    Swamp Monster

    A group walk on 2 large planks of wood held together with rope, team have to work in sync to move
  • Your team must communicate effectively to plan and build a tower by placing blocks on top of one another using a hook on a set of ropes which are held and manoeuvred by your team members.

    Tower of Power

    A group holding individual ropes connected to one central post
  • Teams are asked to swap places whilst using supplied boxes but to be successful your team will first need to work out a sequence and then perform it correctly against a time pressure.

    Traffic Jam

    Group gather round and listen to instructions from their team leader
  • Your team must work together to solve the problem of retrieving a key at the bottom of a tall pipe using only water and the materials provided by our instructors.

    Water Pipe

    A group try to plug holes in a water pipe
  • Working from a black and white diagram, your team must communicate and work together to correctly link together a variety of ropes in different lengths and colours to create one single interconnected structure.

    Webmaster

    Webmaster pack with a variety of different coloured rope / clips
  • Your team must design and construct a freestanding catapult from the materials provided and propel an object the furthest distance possible from a fixed start line.

    Catapult Challenging

    Team get ready to fire makeshift wooden catapult
  • At some indoor venues we are able to offer wheelchair basketball; a fantastic inclusive activity which can be fast and competitive with all players getting maximum opportunity to take part on a level playing field.

    Wheelchair Basketball

    A group create a semicircle on their wheelchairs after playing wheelchair basketball

Booking information

  1. What's available?

    • Half day activity session
    • Full day activity session
    • Incorporated into full programme
  1. Who can book?

    • Youth and community groups
    • Schools
    • Universities and colleges
    • Businesses

Interested in team building sessions?

Get in touch with our team using the link below to book or find out more.

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Why choose Carnegie Great outdoors

  • We are part of Leeds Beckett University with extensive experience working with external clients and groups
  • We hold Public Liability Insurance of £25,000,000
  • We provide all specialist outdoor activity equipment, which is thoroughly checked, cleaned, serviced and maintained by our team. We hold trade accounts with the leading outdoor equipment manufacturers and replace our activity equipment in line with manufacturer and National Governing Body Guidelines
  • We tailor our activities to meet your personal aims and objectives, or to fit the requirements of the group; meeting curriculum requirements, corporate learning aims, identified skill sets or learning objectives 

All sessions are run by our friendly instructors who:

  • Hold specialist qualifications issued by the National Governing Body for each of the activities
  • Have excellent working knowledge of the activity locations
  • Are DBS enhanced checked
  • Hold a specialist 16-hour Outdoor Emergency First Aid qualification which is renewed every three years and covers the care of casualties in remote settings, in line with Government HSE regulations
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Have extensive experience working with a variety of client groups in the outdoors
  • Have a sound understanding of the outdoor sector including relevant legislation
  • Maintain a high standard of customer care