Students square off in challenge

Military Preparation College challenge event SUS-160518-114444001
Military Preparation College challenge event SUS-160518-114444001

Around 50 teenage learners from Military Preparation Colleges from Hastings and the South East have been put through their paces as part of a special two-day physical challenge event.

Students from six branches of the free-to-attend College (Hastings, Eastbourne, Portsmouth, Southampton, London and Farnborough) took part in the 36-hour challenge which put their fitness, problem-solving and communication skills to the test.

Held at the London Military Preparation College, Croydon, the challenge gave the young people the opportunity to gain practical experience of life in the Armed Forces. The military hopefuls took part in a wide range activities, including a camouflage and concealment exercise, shelter building, field-cooking and map reading. Setting up an overnight base, the students also took part in a night recce patrol and had the chance to meet serving soldiers from the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

The event culminated in a fierce physical training competition, overseen by Julian Brazier MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Reserves.

Huw Lewis MBE, Founder and Managing Director of the Military Preparation College, says the challenge was all about building young people’s confidence, team spirit and ability to thrive under pressure. “I’m extremely proud of all our students, “ he said. “They performed to a very high standard and excelled their personal expectations.”

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