Thirteen Cronton Sixth Form Public Services students were recently selected to join twenty three students from other colleges to visit the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre to put their fitness skills to the test.
The students travelled to the Centre at Lympstone in Devon for a physically demanding week of activities. Challenges included a two mile endurance course, an assault course (were some students had to overcome their fear of heights), the bleep test, press ups, chin ups and sit ups tests and a timed three mile run.
The aim of the trip was to discover which students would pass the entry fitness tests for the Royal Marines. The results were recorded and scored and at the end of the gruelling week the students were given the results, including feedback on areas they need to improve.
Twelve students in total passed the course including an impressive eight students, Owen Batty, Rhys Brown, Chris McDermott, Carl Darcy, Lee Rawlinson, James Yeomans, Adam Holt and Jordan Molyneaux from Cronton Sixth Form College. Adam Holt previously from The Bankfield School said,” It was great and I loved the challenge”.
Sally Cartwright, a Public Services tutor at the college, who organised the trip to the centre said, “I feel this is a testament to our student’s fitness levels, along with their determination and self discipline. At no time during the week did any of our students argue, quit, refuse, answer back or sit out of any activities, whilst the list of other people who dropped out of activities grew day by day.”
“Our students seemed to always be the first to volunteer when asked, and were a credit to themselves and our college, so much so that once the final briefing was complete, the officer in charge, WO1 Dickie Edge, asked me to arrange a future visit because he was so impressed by the commitment of our students.”
“These kinds of trips are fantastic for all of our students who would like to progress into a career in the Armed Forces. They help students to decide which direction to they want to follow after completing the Public Service course.”