Meet Ellen

Ellen is our Farnham Play Centre Manager and has worked at Challengers for more than 10 years. Here is her story. 

I was first introduced to Challengers by a friend back in October 2011. She had so many fun, crazy and exciting things to say about working there that I couldn’t help but want to get involved! Before I knew it, I’d joined the Farnham Play scheme as a Playworker.

I only expected to work at Challengers part-time while attending university…but like many people, I caught the famous “Challengers bug” and here I am – still here over 10 years later and loving it!

From Playworker, to Deputy, to Leader and now to Centre Manager – it’s safe to say I have certainly seen it all throughout my time here, and I’ve got so many great memories. I have learnt all sorts of new skills at Challengers and have developed through training – giving me the confidence to work my way up to where I am now.


Best of all, I have met some absolutely incredible young people along the way who’ve shown me that you should never let anything stand in your way of being happy and having fun, and I’ve been lucky enough to have made true life-long friends at Challengers.

This year I gained the full confidence to apply for a role that I never would have believed I was capable to fulfil. Now I have a Play scheme full of happy and excited young people which feels great, and an amazing team who enjoy themselves at work and support each other. 

You get hooked working in a place that is so rewarding. Seeing parents reassured, and the happy faces of children when they get dropped off for a fun-filled day with us – nothing beats it!

Would you like to work for Challengers like Ellen? Take a look at our latest vacancies.