Uniformed Services Take On British Army College Challenge

Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology

Over Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June, our Uniformed Services Academy students were involved in the British Army College Challenges which took place at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island. 

On the first day of competition, Itchen entered two teams who competed against Portsmouth College, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Fareham College, Merrist Wood College and St Vincent College. The students took on all their challenges with grit and determination and the two teams were awarded 1st and 2nd place overall, with Itchen student Emily Astbury also being awarded Best Individual Female.

With a new team entered on the second day, the Itchen students’ success continued. This time they were facing against students from Eastleigh College, St Vincent College, Highbury College, Chichester College, Totton College, Fareham College and Isle of Wight College.

The college teams faced a variety of challenges, starting off with a 2.4km run. Itchen students beat everybody over the finishing line, taking the top seven places, and their determination did not end there. Other challenges included an inflatable obstacle course, a basketball challenge, a general knowledge quiz and other team building activities. 

Once again Itchen came out on top with the third team achieving 1st place overall,  a great success for all the students involved.

Mark Hughes, Learning Area Manager for Uniformed Services said, 'Winning [two awards] is an outstanding achievement. All of the military personnel and other colleges were impressed by [Itchen’s] conduct, attitude and focus. Well done to everyone, we are proud of you all.'

Major Louise Bates, who coordinated the College Challenge competition, commented, ‘The Uniformed Services tutors and students at Itchen Sixth Form College have a special bond. High standards are set and consistently achieved and rewarded. I asked some of the students who don’t live in the immediate area but chose the college why they chose it. They said that once they had visited it and viewed what they do on the course, there was no competition. This was the college and Public Services course for them. I sincerely hope that these ambitious and hard-working students apply to join the Army.’ 

The students were presented with their awards by representatives from the British Army at the Uniformed Services Annual Awards on Tuesday 21 June. They also received awards from their subject tutors their hard work and determination towards their courses this year.  

We expect to see even more success from our Uniformed Services Academy at their next challenge, the Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition, held at HMS Collingwood on Friday 8 July.