Marines march on Hartpury searching for next band of brothers

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Hundreds of Hartpury students are set to find out if they have the ‘state of mind’ required as the Royal Marines march on the college looking for their next batch of recruits.

Around 200 students will be put through their paces when the elite branch of the Royal Navy pitch up on campus next week (Thursday, February 25th) to take them through fitness sessions, weapons briefings and leadership tasks.

Commonwealth gold medallist Marine Chris Sherrington will be on hand during the day as the Royal Navy continue their search for the next series of recruits.

Royal Marine Commandos will fast rope from a helicopter before landing on site and students will be given a chance to look around the aircraft. The college’s lake will also be put to good use with a boat display and tour of the Marines’ amphibious landing craft.

Brendan Ward, one of Hartpury’s Uniformed Public Services lecturers, said: “The Marines were keen to make Hartpury the hub of a big two-week campaign they are putting on in the South West as they look to attract new recruits with a sporting interest.

“They have visited us many times to run sessions with our Uniformed Public Services students, from fitness to team building activities, and they are really impressed by the facilities here.

“We’re looking forward to them putting on a great day and involving a lot of our students in some amazing activities like the helicopter landing and weapons demonstrations.”

Before the Marines finish up they will also treat students and spectators to an unarmed combat display while students will have plenty of opportunities to find out more about careers in the Navy.

This is not the Marines first visit to the college having run a number of sessions previously while students on the Uniformed Public Services course are no stranger to visits from the services who are around regularly to advise students on careers and future opportunities. As well as regular campus visits, students have also been able to take part in off-site riot training for the police and experience life as a submariner during a visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Service in Scotland.

For those interested in a career in the military, the police, fire and rescue, ambulance or other public services, Hartpury College offers a range of qualifications that could provide the perfect preparation. To find out more, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk

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