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Royal Marines inspire HSDC students

Havant & South Downs College students gained insight into the life of a marine when they were visited by the Royal Marines Engagement Team on Monday, 30 October.

Students involved in fitness, leadership and command task activities were met at Fort Purbrook by two Royal Marines who not only put them through their paces with physical activities and leadership tasks, but also held an informative talk with a question and answer session.

The Royal Marines Regimental Engagement Teams visit schools and colleges around the country informing potential recruits of the roles available in the Royal Navy and Marines.

They also expose the students to command tasks and some styles of fitness sessions that they can expect to undertake should they join, giving students an indication of the level of fitness required.

Lance Corporal Mike Dawson said: “We like to come out to schools and colleges like HSDC to give the students an insight into what it is like to be a marine, showing them what we do and how we do it.

“We also like to teach them about team leadership – public speaking is a dying art form.

“You can leave college with a number of qualifications under your belt, but you have to be able to have that ability to look someone in the eye when you speak.”

Sarah Sears, Lecturer in Sports and Public Services, said: “Today has given the students an invaluable insight into the life of a Royal Marine.

“The marines have given us their own personal accounts which will hopefully inspire our students to think about their own next step.”