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University Academy Keighley

Taste of Army Life

Students from the academy have again been given a taste of army life, taking part in the second of a series of special youth ‘supercamps’ at Catterick Garrison.

During the three-day event, they tackled everything from cooking and making a shelter in the field to using camouflage.  The youngsters were also joined by top kickboxer Ruqsana Begum, the current British and World Kickboxing Association Muay Thai champion.

She led a warm-up session before accompanying the students on a military assault course, and later spoke to the group about the challenges she had faced and overcome during her life.

Organiser, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hunter, said: “The feedback has been very positive from both students and staff, not only in terms of skill development but also for giving them the opportunity to do something they would not normally have the chance to do.  When the students return home they have a better understanding of what the army does.”

He added:  “The army has many roles. A lot of people are surprised to hear that we have dealt with hurricanes, Ebola and floods – it is not just about combat.  The young people have heard about the benefits of becoming a member of the Army Cadet Force youth organisation, the Officer Training Regiment if they go to university, or a possible army career in the future.”

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