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Cumbrian students battle through army challenges

Students from the University of Cumbria have been put through their paces in a set of military challenges.

Army students photo

They had to complete a series of muddy challenges including gap crossing, minefield recovery, tyre towers and water transportation activities, all put together by Liverpool University Officer Training Corps.

The event held last weekend was part of a free outreach programme to develop students’ leadership skills and promote the army to the wider community.

Around 20 students from the university’s Carlisle, Penrith and Lancaster campuses took part in the day which was delivered by Liverpool University’s army education officer, Captain Catherine Ferguson.

She said: “It’s a great opportunity for students to get an insight into the army’s approach to leadership. The students were pushed out of their comfort zones and encouraged to reflect on their own leadership styles. Hopefully they all had a bit of fun too.”

The session was organised by the University of Cumbria’s Student Union.

John Sharp, the academic sabbatical officer, arranged the event after taking part in a similar session last year at the university.

He said: “This is not only a fun event for students to participate in, but it also gives them the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and teamwork skills.

“The tactical and strategic planning which students must apply to successfully complete these tasks is used in everyday life and will help them in their future careers.”

Eve Locker is a second year primary education student based in Carlisle, she said: “Even though the weather was bad it was lots of fun. We were able to reflect on our strengths and areas for improving.”


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