Pool Academy students put through their paces during visit from Marines.

Pool Academy students were put through their paces after members of the marines visited recently.

Team building and problem solving skills, amidst numerous burpees, were the order of the day for a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students recently.

Lance-Corporal Charlie Llewellyn and Corporal Dan Pither travelled to the school from Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone.

They used ladders, tyres, rope and other items to help teach the importance of team work and give a glimpse into the life of a marine.

LCPL Llewellyn said they came down to lead the day to show ‘the way of the marines’.

He said: “There were team work games, activities for students to solve problems and physical problems.

“It was a way of showing the way of the marines. We were there for those thinking of joining.

“We always get a good response from the children talking part.”

One Year 9 student said: “This has inspired me to have a career as a marine. I have found it will be possible for women to join up for the first time in 2018.”

Another said: “Today we really improved our confidence by doing lots of team building activities.

Marines putting   Pool Academy students through their paces   

Marines putting Pool Academy students through their paces  

“The best part was that we felt really pushed to our limits and it really tested us.”

Sharon Bright, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The two royal marine commandos arrived to work with five different groups of students.

“The aim of the sessions was to teach them the importance of team work and give them an insight into life in the marines and other wider military.

“The students really enjoyed the sessions and worked really hard on all the challenges.

“We have had a good positive response from the students. They have loved it.”

Phil Jones