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Students train with Royal Marines

Public services students were recently provided with the fantastic opportunity of training with the Royal Marines with 10 lucky students making the trip to The Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.

West Herts College students took part in challenges throughout the week, alongside a number of participants from other colleges. They arrived in Lympstone on Monday afternoon and were given an opening address and presentation before being issued their kit and equipment for the week. The Marines wasted little time in putting everyone to work, as students queuing up for their kit were asked to do sit-ups.

On Tuesday, students were put straight to the test with an endurance course – and in the afternoon given an insight into foreign weapons. They then had the chance to meet new recruits and experienced Marines as part of a Q&A session.

Wednesday and Thursday consisted of gym tests, runs, assault courses, swimming, concealment and other essential skills, such as a rations cooking demonstration.

Students returned their kit and equipment on Friday morning and were given a closing address and debrief before returning to Watford campus.

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We had some amazing feedback from the students, some of whom were presented with awards:

Individually, John Cabia achieved the highest number of points out of the 30 participants.

Ali Al Nabhan received an award for perseverance through adversity as the course proved physically demanding and very challenging, but he pushed himself to complete each challenge. Ali said: “I loved every part of it, I’m going back again and I've already told the Sergeant!”

James Judge said: “I thought it was brilliant, there were obstacles at first but I overcame these issues and had an amazing experience that has changed my view of life.”

Richmond Nunoo said: “I have never done anything like this before, all my efforts paid off and I learnt so much within the week. You need to be more mentally prepared and ready to be a Marine. I challenged and pushed myself and worked on my weaker areas. The Marines were very helpful and supportive.”

David Middleton said: “It’s the best thing I've done in my life!”