About the Airborne Initiative


The Airborne Initiative is a 5 day residential course on Dartmoor designed to challenge Young People and Young Adults to help them achieve their potential. The course is aimed at Young Offenders and those not in employment, education or training (NEET). During the course candidates will experience map reading and orienteering, caving, river crossings, adventure training, leadership and team building exercises. The Airborne Initiative gives participants the opportunities to develop skills in leadership and working as part of a team. It helps build self worth and also give the participants the sense of achievement.

The current re-offending rates for Prisoners leaving Prison in the first year is 65%. We have had over 400 Young Offenders enrolled on the Airborne Initiative over the last 5 years. Professor Rosie Meeks independent review ‘A Sporting Chance’, quantified the success of using physical activity as a reducing re-offending tool. The re-offending rates for those completing the Airborne Initiative were reduced to 14%.

The Airborne Initiative is made possible with the much needed direction and support of the following:

  • The leadership of Sir James Spicer, our Founder (1925-2015) who served for many years in the Parachute Regiment before spending 21 years as MP for West Dorset.
  • The enthusiastic support from the committee, Buffy Sacher, Mollie Baldwin and General Sir Rupert Smith.


We rely heavily on the amazing support of our volunteers Mark Adams and Malcolm Geall and we are extremely fortunate to have the support of the Parachute Regiment, who very kindly supply 2 serving soldiers to each Airborne Initiative course.

The excellent work of the above people has been made possible by the interest and support  (through the Duchy of Cornwall) of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales (Colonel in Chief of the Parachute Regiment).

We have been awarded Charitable Status and are now looking at payments we have to make, most particularly £2,500 for each of the courses. Any help you could give to assist our charity to help us continue this very worthy cause would be very welcome.

Donations are very welcome. Click Donation form to download a form and Gift Aid form or send a cheque made payable to the Airborne Initiative to

Mrs E Sacher
Airborne Initiative
South Eggardon House
Nr Dorchester DT2 9EP