Students battle it out with Army training

Students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have undertaken a gruelling training regime created by the British Army.

Level one and Level two students from the College’s School of Service Industries accomplished the challenging training routine developed by the Coldstream Guards, the oldest regiment in active service in the British Army.

Aneta Bradley, Sport and Public Services Lecturer, said: “As part of the new academic year induction to the public services course we bring the students down to work with the Army to give them an insight into Army training and to help them with team building, team spirit and to help improve their overall fitness levels.

“Over the induction we’ve done a few different things including water sports, team sports, fitness tests, and also taken a look at some of the subjects the students will be going on to study such as government policy and citizenship.

“The students have done really well today. The training can be quite challenging and some of the students are smashing it. All we ask of our students in situations like this is that they keep trying. You don’t have to be the fittest, but we will work with anyone who wants to improve.

Sergeant Wallace, of the Coldstream Guards, said: “We’ve been giving the students an introduction into phase one training and what life would be like in the army teaching them things like communication, team work etc.

“We deliver these lessons through activities such as the gun run, and a series of command tasks and physical activity. It allows students to see where their fitness levels are and what they need to work on in preparation for a future career in the armed forces or uniformed services.

“The students performed really well. Obviously, there is different levels of fitness but the way we operate means everyone gets the same level of involvement. Everyone pushes themselves and get something out of it.”

This activity is just one of the many events students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have the opportunity to take part in every year.

Aneta concluded: “There are a lot of add-ons that our students will benefit from, such as a stewarding qualification for local events including football matches. We train them in the delivery of first aid courses at local schools.

“A lot of our students go on to university. Last year we saw 96 per cent of students progress to higher education and others have progressed into officer entry for the military and emergency services, youth work and probation work.

“Because they have the all-round training from the course they can apply it to any area of work and not just uniformed services.”

For more information on the courses available in the School of Service Industries, or to see the entire provision available at Hartlepool College of Further Education, go to: www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk/